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Sport and recreation are political issues because different governments view their role in delivering these services differently. A better understanding of how political parties view sport and recreation can help inform voters’ decisions when they head to the polls. (Shutterstock)

3 questions to ask political candidates about sport and recreation services

Voters need to hold political candidates and their parties to account on sport and recreation issues and advocate for support from provincial and territorial governments.
Buffalo Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula received a sweetheart deal from the state to finance their new stadium. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

I’ve studied stadium financing for over two decades – and the new Bills stadium is one of the worst deals for taxpayers I’ve ever seen

Study after study has shown that stadiums are terrible public investments. Taxpayers rarely want to pay for them. So why do governments keep subsidizing them?
Building relationships with colleagues outside of work is important for career development. 10'000 Hours/Digital Vision via Getty Images

Fishing, strip clubs and golf: How male-focused networking in medicine blocks female colleagues from top jobs

By surveying over 100 people in academic medicine, a researcher found that women are consistently excluded from important networking activities like watching sports, drinking at bars and playing golf.
While it’s true that the “freedom convoy” revealed deep political polarization, it’s also true that it has provided us with the opportunity to create a more inclusive and participatory democracy. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Democracy is a team sport: What the Olympics can teach us about politics

Rather than tolerating divisiveness and intolerance, we can and we should embrace this important moment to create a more participatory form of democracy.
Players voted to accept Major League Baseball’s offer on a new labor deal, paving the way to end the 99-day lockout and salvage the season. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement fails to address players’ biggest grievances

A sports economist explains how the deal leaves players with a fundamentally different – and in many ways, worse – arrangement than their counterparts in the other major US sports leagues.
Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee, speaks at the opening ceremony at the 2022 Winter Paralympics. The IPC announced on March 3 that all athletes from Russia and Belarus would be barred from competing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Sports are political: Reaction and inaction to Putin’s war of aggression

It’s time for organizations like the IPC to stop lamenting the intersection of sport and politics, and instead accept this well-established reality going forward.
Kenyan players celebrate a win against Tanzania in a match played in Cairo. Sporting bodies say Copyright Amendment Bill threatens sports development. KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Image

Kenya is changing its copyright law. Why this is bad for sports

A fair copyright law should protect creative works in the face of fast changing technologies.
This protest outside IOC headquarters in early 2022 objected to the Winter Games being held in China. Valentin Flauraud/AFP via Getty Images

What’s the IOC – and why doesn’t it do more about human rights issues related to the Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee oversees several humanitarian initiatives. But it avoids letting human rights concerns interfere with the Games, even in countries with rampant violations.
Fans cheer during the women’s snowboard slopestyle final at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Why do we like watching the Olympics so much?

From projecting onto athletes to aesthetic appreciation, spectators get a surprising amount out of watching other people play sports.

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