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Nebraska, a member of the Big Ten conference, won’t be playing football this fall. AP Photo/Nati Harnik

Is NCAA football too big to fail?

Football forms the financial backbone of many athletic programs, with some schools deriving over 80% of their department revenue from the sport.
A man takes a selfie with the Olympic rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo on the same day the International Olympic Committee announced the 2020 Summer Games would be postponed. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Postponing the Olympics is the right call — curbing the coronavirus pandemic matters more than money

The decision to reschedule the Olympic and Paralympic Games was the right move. But how should we decide whether and when the Games should now be held?
Bianca Andreescu serves to Serena Williams during the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships, on her way to making Canadian history. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Andreescu’s meteoric rise shows what happens when we value women’s sport

Bianca Andreescu's success provides an example of how to cover women’s sport and promote the athletic achievement of female athletes with hype and enthusiasm.
Caster Semenya is legally female, was from birth raised as female and identifies as a female. Jon Connell on flickr

Ten ethical flaws in the Caster Semenya decision on intersex in sport

Athlete Caster Semenya will need to take hormone-lowering agents, or have surgery, if she wishes to continue her career in her chosen events. But the decision to ban her is flawed on many grounds.
South Africa’s Caster Semenya in the moments before the women’s 800-meter final during the Diamond League athletics event in Doha, Qatar on May 3. The world champion easily won the race, but her future remains in doubt. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

The demonization of Caster Semenya continues

The great South African runner Caster Semenya may have competed in her last 800-metre race. She has been demonized for more than a decade, like many other female athletes before her.

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