The NFL has become increasingly central to how America perceives itself, which means that sport and politics can never be divorced.
Officials are trying a “nuclear option” to fix the culture of sexual assault within the elite sport. But can it actually work?
He’s maybe the least respected good quarterback there ever was. But for all his obvious faults, no one can say he fell short of expectations.
With lengthy games and a lack of star power, this October fell flat in many ways.
A championship victory for Los Angeles would mean the team’s sustained ability to make it to the postseason—year after year—has finally paid off.
Anything short of a championship would in many ways render Boston’s entire season a failure.
Laker fans get their first glimpse of L.A.’s newest megastar, in one of the most chaotic home openers in memory.
The Red Sox’s ALDS victory completes the archrivals’ role reversal.
The Kansas City Chiefs’ upstart signal-caller and oft-imitated coach have the league buzzing.
Javier Báez stands out for his incredible versatility—a trait not common to, or usually required of, MLB superstars.
These days, amateur speed enthusiasts can use digital simulators to compete against the car-racing industry’s biggest stars. The e-sports arena is a playground for gamers, pros, and talent scouts alike.
Despite a fantastic start to the season that suggested the historically disappointing New York team was on the upswing, it appears greatness is still out of reach.
The commodification of civil-rights activism may appear revolutionary, but it can undermine the basic tenets of social movements. Colin Kaepernick's Nike campaign illustrates this conundrum perfectly.
As the league begins its 2018 regular season, a player whose presence it hoped would fade from view is very much in the spotlight—and on multiple fronts.
In 2009, the Argentine player was primed to lead a youth movement in men’s tennis and shift the demographics of the game. It didn’t happen, but he may have a second chance this year.
By building a promotion around poor on-field performance, the team may have offered a grim look at the future of one of pro sports’ most controversial practices: tanking.
The wide receivers, known as much for their off-the-field antics as their game-day accomplishments, challenged the NFL’s domineering mores.
A new Library of Congress exhibition showcases the sport’s ties to the best parts of U.S. history—while overlooking some of the darker implications of those connections.
Toronto fans may be upset about losing DeMar DeRozan, but the end of two franchise players’ tenures is a reminder that loyalty in sports is meant to be rebuilt.
Three Atlantic staffers discuss tricky questions of national—and international—allegiance in sports, after the victory for Les Bleus, which some called “the last African team.”
The Washington Nationals slugger, arguably the sport’s most famous player, no longer numbers among its best.