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The big game is about more than winner and losers; it can shape our culture and society. We explain how.

Taylor Swift, the NFL, and two routes to cultural dominance

Usher has a Super Bowl-worthy legacy. Why don’t people act like it?

Why conservatives are melting down over Taylor Swift

Seriously, what is Aaron Rodgers’s deal?

Formula 1 grew too fast. Now its new fans are tuning out.

Travis Kelce, explained

The whole Taylor Swift-NFL cross-promotion thing is starting to feel icky


Why most tennis players struggle to make a living

The Spanish sexual misconduct scandal roiling soccer, explained

What America can learn from baseball (yes, baseball)

Why in the world are Elon and Zuck planning to punch each other?

Disney used to hate gambling. Now it’s doing a $2 billion sports betting deal.

The right-wing backlash against the US women’s national soccer team, explained

What could possibly cause a teen athlete’s heart to stop?


Why so many baseball players are Dominican

Is the PGA Tour-LIV Golf merger even legal?

Why the PGA Tour merged with LIV Golf

At the Kentucky Derby, horses are worked to death for human vanity

The taunt that eclipsed the NCAA women’s basketball championship, explained

America’s bad bet on expanding legal sports gambling

The nonchalant spectacle of Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime show

Last year’s Super Bowl ads aged like milk

Why we can’t turn off the NFL

How an NFL hit could stop a heart

The World Cup is missing its climate goals. It should still keep taking shots.


How FIFA corruputed the World Cup


The pickleball craze, explained

How migration has shaped the World Cup

Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ policies, explained


How Qatar built stadiums with forced labor


How the World Cup’s AI instant replay works

In a view from high in a soccer stadium, an Australian player is scoring a penalty kick past Denmark’s goalkeeper, who is diving to catch it, during a 2018 World Cup match.

Where to aim a penalty kick

Qatar’s migrant labor system is bigger than the World Cup

What else Qatar has built with its absurd wealth besides the 2022 World Cup

Despite its brutal tactics, Iran’s regime fails to contain mass protests

The many, many controversies surrounding the 2022 World Cup, explained

The ugly way tennis treated Serena didn’t stop her


How F1 racers turn really fast

Podcast pioneer Bill Simmons on how to stay relevant

Masculinity, explained by WWE

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