Sports Authority

Where sports and politics collide.

By Mike Elk

Dave Zirin is the rare sportswriter who covers, in his words, the space “where sports and politics collide.” His new book, Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down (New Press), explores the intersection of  [RETURN TO ARTICLE]

  • Reader Comments

    Cool hat, bro.

    Posted by f_galton on Jan 28, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Interesting article. I often rail about how professional sport owners hold cities cities at ransom to get their new stadiums. It usually results in a tax increase that hurts the lower income people and then the team gets millions from a corporate sponsor to put their name on the stadium.

    Posted by Tygon Wu on Feb 2, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Sports is the chief source of political metaphors.  The Two Party System makes sense because it turns elections into intramural sporting events with one “winner” and one “loser,” easily comprehensible without any grasp of the underlying issues and without any grasp that the winner may not be right just by virtue of coming out ahead on the scorecard.

    The silliness surrounding the run-up to the Superbowl is a “planned distraction to divert attention from the action behind the scenes.”

    Posted by Contrarian on Feb 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM