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"Game Over": When Our Sports Get Political

Sports may no longer provide American athletes or spectators with an escape from politics. Our most popular athletic contests now double as venues for debates about race, gender rights, religion and class. In his newest book, "Game Over," Dave Zirin argues that the hot-button issues of our time are now impossible to detach from our pastimes. We'll explore how games became arenas for epic clashes over everything from the role of religion in the public square to the push for democracy in the Arab Spring.

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