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?
“Give us respite, a sense of liberation; lift us up from the dark pit of our lives to well-lit places of the imagination with your skill-wrought perfections. Give us an idea of what a light thing life ought to be. Take our blessings; but give us a break. Please win. Win for us losers.”–C. P. Surendran