Travel Bans and Walls: A Look Back at Immigration Policy and Sport in 2017

By Paulina A. Rodriguez Burciaga Yesterday, in a discussion over immigration policies with senators and other lawmakers, president Donald Trump reportedly said, in reference to Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” suggesting that the U.S. instead welcome immigrants from countries such as Norway.…

A Year in Review: Nationalism in Sport in 2017

By Sam Winemiller Years down the road, when we reflect upon the intersection of U.S. politics and sport in 2017, the frame that will most likely dominate our remembrance will be that of resistance from athletes against the government and forces in power. Memories of Colin Kaepernick’s continuing efforts for social justice despite conspicuous unemployment,…

Looking Back on the NBA in 2017

By Cat Ariail If, as suggested by Sport in American History editor Andrew McGregor, college football represents a “safe space” for conservatives, the NBA  serves that function for liberals. In 2017, the NBA unapologetically carried on the spirit of Obamaian triumphalism. Most notably, LeBron James captured the sentiments of many a frustrated American in his much…

The President Goes Bowling: Comparing Trump’s Relationship with College Football to Kennedy and Nixon

By Andrew McGregor Donald Trump is attending tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta. Hosted by Georgia native Nick Ayers, the chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, the president will witness a championship game that features two Southeastern Conference (SEC) teams from the heart of Trump’s America, allowing him to connect…