The West Indies cricket team has achieved world-class status — could a united Caribbean Olympic team ever be a possibility? Ian McDonald argues the case. A look at how East German ice skater Katarina Witt went from celebrity to persona non grata almost overnight (and more). Who was the greatest athlete of all time? Shaun White's versatility, Bo Jackson's phenomenal speed, Geronimo's nimbleness, and more. Dan Shaughnessy on why Vin Scully is simply the best broadcaster of all time. The surveillance state comes to the ballpark: A film critic ponders baseball's instant-replay cameras. Spending billions of dollars for TV rights and becoming partners with universities desperate for exposure, ESPN has emerged as a sport’s puppet-master and kingmaker (and more and more). Derek Thompson on the global dominance of ESPN: Why hasn’t anybody figured out how to beat "The Worldwide Leader in Sports"? (and more) Following the decision to pull out of a partnership with PBS' Frontline on a film about concussions in the NFL, ESPN execs are fielding questions about Disney's role in the split (and more by David Zirin). Don’t let the hype fool you: the best place to watch the U.S. Open and many other sports these days is from your couch. To help the environment, watch sports at your neighborhood bar. Ode on a Sports Bar: No one really talks about loving sports bars — very few of us actually do, and yet they're where we go, and something like home.

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