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Sports, Sexism, and the Limits of the Law
Sports, Sexism, and the Limits of the Law
While legal measures have advanced gender equality in sports, their effectiveness is limited by a deep-rooted, traditional sexism. As other areas of society change, sports media needs to address the masculine culture of sports.
How Newcastle United Lost Sport
How Newcastle United Lost Sport
The 2015-16 season of the English Premier League has just concluded. The success of Leicester City offers smaller clubs an ideal model to emulate. The relegation of Newcastle shows one to avoid.
The NFL Draft as Gift Exchange
The NFL Draft as Gift Exchange
Why do NFL teams willingly trade established veteran players for draft picks – the chance to choose an unproven young player new to the league? The answer is found in the gift exchanges of rival kings of yore.
Britain, Brexit, and EURO 2016: How the Future of Europe Might Turn on the Bounce of a Ball
Britain, Brexit, and EURO 2016: How the Future of Europe Might Turn on the Bounce of a Ball
Voters in the UK could decide this summer to take their country out of the European Union. When future historians try to understand the results of the Brexit vote, will they look at what happened at the European Football Championships?
Raising the Ceiling and the Floor: The Fight for Fair Pay in Women’s Soccer
Raising the Ceiling and the Floor: The Fight for Fair Pay in Women’s Soccer
Members of the US Women's National Team have filed a federal complaint arguing that they are paid a fraction of players on the men's team. A scholar of women's soccer supports their fight for fair pay, but adds that it should extend to the less-famous players in the National Women's Soccer League.
Book Excerpt: The Unteachable Art of the Referee
Book Excerpt: The Unteachable Art of the Referee
Think you could call the game better than that stupid ref? Think again. In his profile of a veteran NCAA basketball referee, author Bob Katz reveals the rare combination of skills required to be a game official in elite-level sports.
Back to the Future? The NHL Caught Between Heritage and Hard Cash
Back to the Future? The NHL Caught Between Heritage and Hard Cash
Canadian fans are clamoring for the NHL to place another franchise in the land of hockey's birth. But the league is not moved by legacy when there are dollars – American dollars – to be made.
Leicester, Liverpool, and Why Money Isn’t Everything
Leicester, Liverpool, and Why Money Isn’t Everything
The improbable rise of Leicester City is the story of the current EPL season. Is the club's success a sign that the dominance of big-money clubs is at an end – or at least that smart scouting and coaching can offset the wealth advantage of the usual powers.
Football and Belonging
Football and Belonging
You've just moved to a new city, in a new country. How do you choose a new team? For a recent arrival to Prague, a key factor was politics, especially in the context of Europe's refugee crisis.
Privatisation Is the New Black (Until It’s Red)
Privatisation Is the New Black (Until It’s Red)
With the start of the Rio Olympics only 200 days away, an expert in the city's urban geography looks how publicly built stadiums were transferred to private companies, then transferred back when the expected profits don't come in.
SPORTOLOGICALLY SPEAKING
During World War I, President Woodrow Wilson frequently golfed for relaxation. He was such an enthusiast of the sport that he even played in the snow using black golf balls.
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