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  • Texas and Oklahoma's Move to the SEC is a Major Blow to the NCAA

    by Andrew McGregor

    The move by two power programs in college football will create a Southeastern Conference that rivals the NCAA in power, part of a longstanding battle between individual colleges and the NCAA that may overthrow the rules of amateurism in college sports. 



  • Conservative Donors Have Their Own Cancel Culture

    "In 1903, the two students premiered their song at an annual campus minstrel show, where white musicians performed it in blackface. It became a tradition at subsequent minstrel shows and was soon embedded in the university’s culture. Some people apparently want to keep it there forever."



  • Japanese Internment, Football, and a Legendary Team

    Dave Zirin's Edge of Sports podcast hosts Bradford Pearson, the author of "The Eagles of Heart Mountain," the story of a group of interned Japanese American teens whose football team dominated the state of Wyoming. 



  • The Buccaneers Embody Tampa’s Love of Pirates. Is that a Problem?

    by Jamie L.H. Goodall

      "Perhaps time has dulled us to the atrocities committed by these 17th and 18th century outlaws. Or perhaps it’s the fact that if pirates of the Golden Age were bloodthirsty, so too were the nations who opposed them."



  • As College Football Grapples with the Coronavirus, it also Confronts its Racist History

    by Bennett Parten

    It's no coincidence that the south is the heartland of college football. The region first embraced the game as an expression of southern honor culture. While southern colleges were slow to adopt integrated rosters, today's Southeastern Conference teams rely heavily on the unpaid labor of Black players. 



  • Where Did The Term ‘Redskins’ Come From?

    Monday’s announcement that the D.C. region’s football team would be abandoning the Redskins brand marks the end of a decadeslong push to shift the team away from the historically racist and oppressive term.



  • Cancel the Fall College Football Season

    by Victoria L. Jackson

    For too long, instead of facilitating the intellectual advancement and economic empowerment of young Black men, college sports have helped make American universities another institution perpetuating the undervaluing of Black lives.


  • God and the Gridiron Game

    by Paul Putz and Hunter Hampton

    America's obsession with football is nearly as old as the game itself.



  • “Deflategate” and the “Father of Football”

    by Julie Des Jardins

    Today one could argue that the very size and convoluted nature of the NFL rule book is proof of football’s imperfection, but Walter Camp, the father of football, saw this development as progress.