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The Chicago Blackhawks are currently being sued by a former player who is accusing an assistant coach of sexual assault in 2010, at the time the team largely ignored the allegations. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

From the Chicago Blackhawks to Washington’s football team, there’s an urgent need for more accountability in pro sports

Incidents of sexual misconduct, and how they have been handled, highlight the lack of accountability in professional sports, and the problems that this situation creates.
On the occasion of a 2011 match between Portugal and Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi (right) show off a pair of high-end watches. The riches have only continued to flow in. Fanny Schertzer/Wikipedia

Top football stars: famous because they’re rich, or rich because they’re famous?

A new study explores the how the celebrity and status of professional footballers in the “Big Five” European leagues can affect both performance and pay.
Protesters stand outside the Federal Court of Canada building for a hearing of the designation of the U.S. as a safe third country for refugees in Toronto in November 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Whose travel is ‘essential’ during coronavirus: Hockey players or asylum-seekers?

Many of us would probably like to watch some professional sports right now. But wouldn’t we rather Canada live up to its international legal responsibilities to respect the rights of asylum-seekers?
Former Les Canadiennes de Montréal players Mélodie Daoust, Marie-Philip Poulin and Ann-Sophie Bettez wait for their shift at a Dream Gap Tour game in Toronto. (Courtney/flickr)

A union of women’s hockey players looking for a league of its own

Professional women’s hockey is trying to emerge from a crisis by creating a players’ union to improve pay and working conditions.
Markham Thunder players celebrate winning the 2018 Clarkson Cup final as champions of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The CWHL has announced it will cease operations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan

The death of the CWHL presents a new opportunity for women’s professional hockey

When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced it was folding, it was seen as a setback for women’s hockey. But history suggests the death of one hockey league leads to new opportunities.

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