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The Curious Case of Professional Women’s Sports Team Fandom
The Curious Case of Professional Women’s Sports Team Fandom
Women who follow men's sports typically have to adapt themselves to male standards of fandom in order to be accepted. But the supporters of women's teams are creating a different model of what it means to be a fan.
Canadian Football on the World Stage
Canadian Football on the World Stage
Can a small domestic league make it in the wide world of global sports? The Canadian Football League is taking a run at it, led by a new commissioner who says that a sports league can be intimate and global at the same time.
Wheels of Power: Political Leaders on Bikes
Wheels of Power: Political Leaders on Bikes
Remember the Tour de Trump? "It can really, very much rival the Tour de France," said its namesake.
End Games
End Games
A scholar of Rio's urban geography returns to the city for the Games and asks whether it's time to hit pause on these out-of-control sports mega-events.
Book Excerpt: Transformation Games
Book Excerpt: Transformation Games
"Politics have no place in the Olympics." Leaders of the Olympic movement have made this claim since the beginning of the modern games. A new history of the Olympics shows that it's never been the case.
One-Track Minds: Semenya, Chand, and the Violence of Public Scrutiny
One-Track Minds: Semenya, Chand, and the Violence of Public Scrutiny
Caster Semenya looks to challenge the world record in the 800m at the Rio Games, while Dutee Chand will be the first Indian woman in 36 years to race in the 100m. But the story won't be their accomplishments on the track. That needs to change.
Out of the Ranks of the Unforgiven
Out of the Ranks of the Unforgiven
Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir returned to the sport this year after a five-year ban for spot fixing. His is an unusual story: the rare athlete who is found to be a cheat and then is allowed to come back.
Footy Dreams Can Come True – for Girls and Boys
Footy Dreams Can Come True – for Girls and Boys
A new professional league for women's Australian rules football, linked with the men's AFL, is set to launch in 2017. With women's football the fastest growing sport in Australia, people are having to rethink the rugged game's place as a preserve of masculinity.
Brexit and British Sport
Brexit and British Sport
After the UK votes to leave the European Union and England bows out of the European Championships, a former BBC correspondent in Europe looks at how Brexit might affect sport in Britain.
Why Do We Watch? Hypotheses from the Track
Why Do We Watch? Hypotheses from the Track
Why do we sit in front of our televisions every four years to watch sports that we really care nothing about?     
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"Watching a fight on television has always seemed to me a poor substitute for being there. For one thing, you can’t tell the fighters what to do." –A.J. Leibling
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