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Allen Barra writes about sports for The Wall Street Journal and regularly contributes to TheAtlantic.com and Salon.com. Barra has authored many books...

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Betting Big on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament


March Madness and its accompanying betting-pool tradition go directly against the NCAA’s staunch anti-gambling policy, but “bracketology” accounts for billions of dollars changing hands.

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NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain Doesn’t Get the Respect He Deserves


The Hall of Fame center may or may not have been the best player in pro basketball history, but undoubtedly he was the greatest.

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Don’t Blame ‘Big College’ Coaches for Creating Institutionalized Corruption


Clemson’s win over Alabama in college football’s national championship game didn’t impress sports writer Dave Zirin. But his scathing critique in The Nation missed the point.

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The Nixon Effect, The Money Cult, Ratf**ked


These three books, published well before the election, offer insight into what happened and why.

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Born to Run


More than anyone else in popular music, Bruce Springsteen understands the people who helped elect Trump. We need the Boss’ music now.

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Players’ Decisions Not to Participate in Bowl Games Could Be Start of a Revolt in College Football


LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and Baylor’s Shock Linwood do not want to risk their pro football futures. Their decisions to sit out the postseason make sense and could become a trend.

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 READ MORE

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How to Boost Soccer in the United States


If the world’s most popular sport is going to take hold in this country, the NCAA, Major League Soccer and the national sports media need to hype the college game—and get it on TV.

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Allen Barra
Allen Barra

Allen Barra writes about sports for The Wall Street Journal and regularly contributes to TheAtlantic.com and Salon.com. Barra has authored many books including “Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, The Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age” (2014),  “Rickwood Field: A Century in America’s Oldest Ballpark” (2014), and “Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee” (2009) .

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