Sporting Teams, Spacetime Worms, and Israeli Football
What makes a team a team, despite changes in players, managers, owners, even colors? What is it that inspires the passion of fans over generations and the loyalty of players whose careers are long over? A philosopher offers his theory.
Bill Shankly, Noam Chomsky, and the Value of Sport
The author, an academic philosopher and sporting omnivore, has no truck with intellectuals who dismiss sports as meaningless.
How to Speak Cricket in New York
Last summer's FIFA World Cup had huge television audiences and social media traffic in the U.S. In contrast, this year's Cricket World Cup has registered barely a blip. Three fans talk about how they're able keep up with the game while living in America.
Samir Chopra, David Mutton, and David Papineau
Competitive Balance, Coase’s Theorem, and Sporting Capitalism
Economics is presumably a science, with theorems, proofs, principles, and laws. So why does the economics of sports defy rational explanation?
"I believe we have played games, and watched games, to imitate the gods, to become godlike in our worship of each other and, through those moments of transmutation, to know for an instant what the gods know."
–A. Bartlett Giamatti