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    It Already Feels Like the Post-COVID Era in SportsA shockingly ordinary baseball spring training presages a return to normalcy — or close to it.
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    Sports Have Been a Shadow of Themselves Without FansThe wisdom of bringing spectators back right now is debatable. But there’s no arguing how much they’ve been missed.
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    A Telling Streak at the Pandemic Super BowlA blowout that should have been remembered for cementing Tom Brady’s legacy instead served as a symbol for the nation’s coronavirus failures.
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    A Marquee Super Bowl Is the NFL’s Reward for Cutting CornersCOVID schmovid. It’s Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes!
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    7 Ways Trump Changed Sports ForeverHe left a permanent imprint — and not entirely in a bad way.
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    Bill Belichick Can’t Escape Trump That EasilyThe Patriots coach declined a Medal of Freedom, but his and other Trump-friendly sports figures’ legacies remain linked to the president.
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    How on Earth Are They Going to Pull Off the Olympics?Almost a year after their postponement, the pandemic is still raging. Maybe giving up altogether wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
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    The 10 Most Important Sports Figures of 2020The athletes, executives, and yes, politicians, who defined a stormy year.
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    10 Ways 2020 Changed Sports ForeverThe pandemic and the racial-justice movement will leave permanent marks, on and off the field.
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    Cleveland’s Baseball Team Shouldn’t Get Too Much CreditChanging its name is a welcome move, but one that’s long, long overdue.
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    How Sports Leagues Are Gearing Up for Another Weird SeasonEveryone is hoping for vaccine-enabled normalcy in 2021, but some sports are better positioned than others to wait things out.
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    The NFL Is Too Big to Let COVID Stop ItThe increasingly pandemic-afflicted league has learned an important lesson from other sports: Just keep playing.
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    Sports Are Making COVID Look Like No Big DealCoaches and athletes’ casual approach to the virus doesn’t exactly set a great example for the rest of the country.
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    COVID Is an Existential Crisis for College BasketballThanks to unlucky timing, no sport has been as badly hit by the pandemic.
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    Sports Leagues Are Being Very Trumpy After the ElectionThe NFL, NBA, and MLB may have veered left this year, but they aren’t acknowledging that Biden won.
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    If Trump Wins, Athletes Might Just Stop PlayingA shock victory next week would have a tectonic effect on activists in the NFL and other leagues.
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    The Pandemic Lessons From MLB’s Surprisingly Successful SeasonFour takeaways and four unknowns as the World Series looms.
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    The Fans Can Go to Games Again. Will They?The stadiums are open, but fans aren’t exactly rushing through the doors.
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    Why Are Pandemic Sports Ratings So Terrible?Some theories on why viewers have unexpectedly turned away in droves.
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    LeBron James Is Now at the Center of EverythingStill dominant on the court, he has fully embraced his role as sports’ moral conscience as he vies for another title.
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    Sports Pulled Off a Miracle in 2020. Now What About 2021?The pandemic isn’t going anywhere, but leagues can’t afford another season with no fans.
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    If Athletes Want to Force Real Change, They Need to Stop PlayingSocial-justice momentum in the NBA and NFL is already stalling. Radical action is needed.
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    The Fan-Free U.S. Open Shows Tennis at Its Purest — and Most BrutalWithout the raucous New York crowd to propel them, players must rely even more on their own mental fortitude.
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    The NFL Is Returning To a Different World. Can It Adapt?Every NFL season brings with it madness and unpredictability, but none has ever had more potential for implosion than this one.
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    College Football Is Still Recklessly Barreling ForwardSome of the big conferences canceled their seasons. Others seem to have adopted a “let’s hope for the best” pandemic strategy.
  26. jacob blake
    The NBA Strike Is Jarring. That’s the Point.A work stoppage was a completely reasonable — and courageous — reaction to the chaos going on outside basketball’s bubble.
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    Where Did All the Trump-Boosting Jocks Go?Many of the athletes who proudly supported the president in 2016 have gone quiet. That says something about his political standing.
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    The U.S. Government Could Learn a Lot From the NBASports are one of the few American institutions getting the pandemic right.
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    Don’t Just Blame COVID-19 for College Football’s Lost SeasonPresident Trump, the NCAA, and many of the sport’s most loyal fans had their chance to improve the odds. They blew it.
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    Sports Now Feel Meaningless — and More Valuable Than EverWith the narrative stakes gone, each game is a pure, self-contained piece of entertainment.
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    Baseball Without Fans Is Best Enjoyed From AfarIf you find yourself envious of those who are able to set foot inside the ballpark, you shouldn’t be.
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    Can Baseball Really Pull This Off?After a very rocky road back, the sport finally starts up this week amid a coronavirus spike.
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    The Washington Football Team Is Finally Changing Its Name. Who’s Next?The worst moniker in sports is no more. It may soon have company.
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    Trump Can’t Turn Bubba Wallace Into Colin KaepernickIn his attempt to demonize an innocent driver, the president finds that even NASCAR won’t listen to him anymore.
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    10 Tips on How to Bring Your Sport Back During a PandemicFake crowd noise is good. So is shaming players who break the rules.
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    The Only Thing That Would Stop Sports NowA player dying from the coronavirus is an unlikely but real possibility.
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    Baseball’s Disastrous Spring Feels Like an Existential CrisisAt this point, does it even matter when the sport comes back?
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    Roger Goodell’s Black Lives Matter Moment Is a Sign of Trump’s WeaknessThe president never actually had that much power over the NFL. Now, he has none.
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    Sports Have Never Felt More Meaningless Than Right NowTheir return won’t do anything to make our troubled moment feel any more normal.
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    Outraged by Crowded Pool Parties? Just Wait Until Sports Come Back.Fans will show up in droves even if they’re not allowed inside stadiums.
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    It’s Probably Not Safe for Sports to Come Back. That May Not Matter.Both executives and fans have shown before that they’ll put entertainment over player safety.
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    The Big Questions Sports Leagues Have to Answer Before They ReopenA big one: What happens if a player tests positive for coronavirus in the middle of the season?
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    Watching Old Sports in Quarantine Drives Home the Supremacy of Modern AthletesTake in a few hours of a classic baseball or basketball game and it’s clear that the stars of yesteryear could barely compete in today’s game.
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    When Your Favorite Sport Might Be Coming BackSlowly but surely, the big American leagues are planning their returns.
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    The NFL’s Pandemic Strategy Is to Ignore the PandemicSo far, timing has worked in the league’s favor. But its business-as-usual approach smacks of magical thinking.
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    ESPN’s Michael Jordan Documentary and the Enduring Power of 30 for 30The highly anticipated series could be the next step in the network’s filmmaking evolution.
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    How Desperate Are Sports Leagues Right Now? This Desperate.You know it’s bad when we’ve reached the “playing in a biodome” phase of discussion.
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    How Screwed Is Your Favorite Sport’s Season?A survey of the damage coronavirus has wrought among the NFL (fine so far), NBA (up in the air), and other major leagues.
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    The One Sports League Reckless Enough to (Maybe) Keep GoingIn the midst of a complete athletic blackout, it makes sense that the UFC would be taking its cues from President Trump.
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    Sports Are Usually a Great Escape. Not This Time.Their meaninglessness — the reason they’re so important in moments of crisis — is precisely why they have to be shut down.
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