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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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Not All College Athletes Are Created (Economically) Equal—So They Shouldn’t All Be Paid

The controversial issue isn’t going away. But the focus should be on the big-revenue-producing sports, football and basketball.

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Penn State Keeps Doing the Wrong Thing

The university plans to honor the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game as head football coach. Have those taking this let-bygones-be-bygones attitude forgotten about the sex-abuse scandal that happened on his watch?

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College Football: The Game Is Big Business

UCLA signed a 12-year, $280 million deal with sports apparel company Under Armour before the season began. It is the most lucrative apparel contract in sports history, but in the competitive world of endorsement deals, don’t expect the Bruins (head coach Jim Mora, pictured) to stay No. 1 for long.

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Why Alex Rodriguez Belongs in the Hall of Fame

A-Rod was not the most-liked player in baseball history, but drug use or not, he was one of the best.

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1968 ‘Black Power Salute’ Sparked Ongoing Miscarriage of Justice by U.S. Olympic Committee

The silent gesture by medalists John Carlos and Tommie Smith was meant to raise awareness of human rights, not dishonor the flag. Both men deserve an apology for how they have been treated.

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American Amnesia

If you’re looking for answers to our most baffling political problems (How can so much wealth go to the top 1 percent without a massive uprising? Why is the U.S. paralyzed in combating global warming?), then grab this book before amnesia on these issues becomes even more acute.

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The Unbreakable Bond of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell

The sportscaster and boxer were cut from the same cloth. While Cosell didn’t dodge punches like Ali, both men lived with unflinching integrity.

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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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