By Alexander Fangmann, 4 October 2012
The continued NHL lockout threatens regular season games as owners demand massive salary concessions and contract modifications.
By Alan Gilman, 28 September 2012
NFL referee lockout caused mass anger over officiating mistakes.
By Alan Gilman, 20 September 2012
The National Football League lockout of its on-field officials continues into the third week of the NFL season.
By Chris Marsden, 4 August 2012
Major sporting matches are inevitably coloured by broader economic, social and political factors, and none more so than this, the premier global event.
By Paul Stuart, 2 August 2012
The accumulated impact of corporate sponsorship on each successive games is extinguishing whatever remains of the original Olympic ideal.
By Chris Marsden, 1 August 2012
It is to film director Danny Boyle’s credit that his Olympic Games opening ceremony aroused such a hostile reaction from a section of the UK’s Conservative right.
By Paul Stuart, 27 July 2012
The Royal Dock complex, adjacent to London’s financial district at Canary Wharf, is hosting up to one hundred super yachts, including twenty of the world’s most opulent, as the Olympic Games begin.
By Alan Gilman, 26 July 2012
With the National Football League set to open training camps later this month, the league’s on-field officials remain locked out.
By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2012
The NCAA is neither an impartial judge nor an innocent bystander.
By Paul Stuart, 16 July 2012
The trade unions are pushing through productivity deals in the transport sector ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games due to start 27 July.
By Paul Bond, 12 July 2012
The government has confirmed the locations of ground-based air defence missiles across London during the Olympic Games.
By Tom Eley, 4 May 2012
The suicide of Junior Seau is the latest in a series of incidents highlighting the brutality of America’s most popular spectator sport.
By Tom Eley, 12 April 2012
The US media has reacted hysterically to comments about Fidel Castro made by Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillén.
By David Walsh, 8 March 2012
From 2009 through 2011, a defensive coach and players on the New Orleans Saints football team operated a program under which players were paid cash rewards for injuring opponents, with higher payments for more serious injuries.
By Hiram Lee, 27 January 2012
Legendary college football coach Joe Paterno, demonized in the media for his role in the Penn State scandal, died January 22 at the age of 85.
By Matthew Brennan, 6 December 2011
After a five-month lockout, the players and the owners in the National Basketball Association have tentatively agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
By Matthew Brennan, 24 November 2011
The high profile labor dispute over a new collective bargaining agreement between National Basketball Association (NBA) team owners and players appears to have reached an impasse.
17 November 2011
Letters in response to The Penn State scandal and sports in America
By David Walsh, 15 November 2011
The scandal currently enveloping Penn State’s football program, involving alleged child abuse by a former coach at the school, has dominated much of the American media for the past week.
By Jack Miller, 26 September 2011
Three current or former National Hockey League players, all of them known as “enforcers,” have died this year either by suicide or as the result of alcohol and drugs.
By Werner Albrecht, 12 July 2011
Major sporting events today are all about national prestige and big business, with corruption, bribery and doping playing ever-increasing roles.
By Alan Gilman, 4 July 2011
Owner Frank McCourt has looted as much as $200 million from the celebrated franchise.
By Richard Phillips, 27 May 2011
Lionel Rose will be remembered long after the well-heeled politicians “paying their respects” have left the scene.
By Joseph Santolan, 9 May 2011
Like almost every boxing figure before him, Manny Pacquiao came from a life of grinding poverty. It is this history—the intimate shared reality of suffering and struggle—that the vast majority Filipinos identify with.
By Jerry White, 7 May 2011
The media and corporate sponsors have gone after Pittsburgh Steeler running back Rashard Mendenhall for criticizing the jingoistic celebrations following the killing of Bin Laden.
By Tom Peters, 21 September 2010
The media campaign and charges against Pakistani cricketers Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt reveal the extent to which cricket has become dominated by commercial imperatives.
By Ann Talbot, 26 June 2010
Football and squalid shantytowns are no strangers to one another. For many barefoot children playing the game in the dust, their skills with the ball are seen as a way out of poverty.
A comment on the Vancouver Winter Olympics
By Jack Miller, 16 February 2010
The tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during a training run at the Whistler Sliding Centre north of Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday continues to cast a dark cloud over the Winter Olympic Games.
By David Walsh, 16 December 2009
The American media is generally full of rubbish, but more rubbish has been written and broadcast about Tiger Woods and his affairs than any other subject in some time.
By Hiram Lee and David Walsh, 1 September 2007
Following a week of intense media scrutiny, Michael Vick, National Football League (NFL) quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, pled guilty on August 27 to federal dogfighting charges. Vick, whose sentencing is set for December 10, faces the possibility of up to 5 years in prison, but is expected to serve only 12 to 18 months due to his plea agreement.
By Robert Hoffman and John Roberts, 10 January 2001
An acrimonious court case late last year in Australia's Federal Court over the exclusion of a team from the National Rugby League (NRL) spotlights how Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation uses sport to expand its pay TV subscriber base and secure multi-million dollar profits.
By Chris Marsden, 12 July 2000
The world of international soccer has been gripped by scandal over the awarding to Germany of the right to host the 2006 World Cup. The decision was the result of a controversial vote by the sports ruling body, FIFA, last week, in which a German victory by 12 votes to 11 over rival South Africa was made possible by the abstention of Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) President Charlie Dempsey of New Zealand, who was delegated to vote for the African country after England dropped out. If Dempsey had voted for South Africa the ballot would have been level. FIFA President Sepp Blatter favoured South Africa and would have cast the tie-breaking vote.
Behind the corruption scandals
By Richard Phillips, 16 March 1999
The international media, not known in the past for its criticism of the International Olympic Committee, has over the past six months been the vehicle for seemingly endless exposures of corruption affecting the IOC--with each new revelation more damning than its predecessor.
19 February 1999
Julie Hyland, for the WSWS
By Keith Morgan, 16 February 1999
The Australian Amateur Boxing League held a tournament on the Gold Coast in Queensland late last year where children of both sexes as young as nine were put into the ring and egged on to batter each other about the head for the entertainment of the paying audience.
By David Walsh, 16 January 1999
The retirement of basketball player Michael Jordan, after 13 years as a professional athlete, has generated a massive amount of media coverage. One doesn't write an "astounding amount" of coverage only because the US media's response is entirely predictable. Along with scandal-mongering and beating the war drums, cultivating the public's fascination with celebrities is one of their favorite pastimes.