“The Last Dance” Shows a Michael Jordan You May Know and a Scottie Pippen You Probably Don’t
The new ten-part documentary from ESPN and Netflix offers unparalleled access to the unravelling of one of the greatest dynasties in sports history.
April 20, 2020
What It Means to Miss Marathon Day in Boston
One of the best races in the world has been postponed for the first time in its hundred-and-twenty-three-year history.
April 18, 2020
Turning a Tennis Stadium Into a Hospital, and Thinking About What Sports Can Do Now
Agreeing to house a field hospital was simple. The more difficult questions may actually come when the nets dividing the courts are put back up again.
April 16, 2020
Watching ESPN During the Coronavirus Lockdown
A few years ago, ESPN made a bet that viewers want the N.F.L., and all sports, to be an escape from politics. The past few weeks have tested that idea.
April 4, 2020
The Chess World Finally Pauses for the Coronavirus
It was surreal that the FIDE Candidates Tournament, a battle between eight premier players, held in Russia, continued on until Thursday.
March 26, 2020
COVID-19 Is a Threat to the 2020 Games. The I.O.C. Is a Threat to the Olympic Project
The I.O.C.’s waffling on the question of whether to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics has caused athletes to put their health at risk by training in dangerous situations.
March 23, 2020
When Tom Brady Said Goodbye to New England
Tom Brady seemed to understand that the N.F.L. is a kind of soap opera, and he managed to cast himself as an unwilling—but not unwitting—star, a man who gave fans just enough and never too much.
March 17, 2020
The Day the Games Stopped
The suspension of the N.B.A. season, after the Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, shows how suddenly the sports world has had to adapt to the spread of the disease.
March 12, 2020
Watching Sports in a Season of the Coronavirus
Institutions across the world are temporarily shutting down, and suspending a sports tournament or part of a season should be no different—yet it seems somehow harder to imagine.
March 6, 2020
Maria Sharapova Changed Tennis with Her Ambition, on and off the Court
The friction between the smoothness of her brand—its sanitized sex appeal and vague suggestion of snobbery—and the gutsiness and grit of her game made her compelling.
February 26, 2020