Dimitris Xygalatas (UConn): What Fuses Sports Fans? Paul Campos on the psychological economics of sports fandom. Carl Stempel (CSUEB): Sport, Social Class, and Cultural Capital: Building on Bourdieu and His Critics. John T. Holden (Oklahoma State): Ghosts in the Machine: How Corrupters Manipulate Games that Never Happened. Kevin M. Kniffin and Dylan Palacio (Cornell): Trash-Talking and Trolling. Manav Kant and Lisa R. Goldberg (UC-Berkeley): Extreme Shooters in the NBA. Something is rotten about baseball free agency. Itamar Caspi, Yuval Mazar, Noam Michelson, and Shay Tsur (Bank of Israel): Does Guilt Affect Performance? Evidence from Penalty Kicks in Soccer. MLS finally learned it doesn’t need to compete with the premiership to matter. Tom Scocca on sports divisions, ranked.

Was the NFL’s success this season just a “dead cat bounce”? Since the NFL anthem protests, white fans like the white players more — and the black ones less. Does the Super Bowl feel too political? Thank American militarism. Should we keep politics out of sports? Brands pay for the privilege of uttering the phrase “Super Bowl”. Would our early ancestors have watched the Super Bowl? Super Bowl LIII to feature male cheerleaders for the first time.


David Schorr (Tel Aviv): Savagery, Civilization, and Property: Theories of Societal Evolution and Commons Theory. Skirting U.S. sanctions, Europeans open new trade channel to Iran. We obsess about death, so why don’t we think more about being born? The constitutional crisis already at the border. The chances of Donald Trump declaring a national emergency at the border just went way up. How labor can win the next shutdown. Why some on the Left aren’t sold on new anti-shutdown legislation. Roger Stone shows how much better it is to get arrested when you’re rich. Anti-vaxxers are among the WHO’s top 10 global health threats, and Ebola fake news is killing people.

Sara Bernstein Notre Dame): The Metaphysics of Intersectionality. The MAGA hat is not a statement of policy — it’s an inflammatory declaration of identity (and more). The peculiar logic of the Trump Russia scandal deniers. Howard Schultz doesn’t understand American history: The most effective third-party presidential candidates were polarizers, not centrists (and more and more). Michael Bloomberg’s secret plans to take down Trump. How the relationship between Trump and Bloomberg went into a tailspin. U.S. midwest freezes, Australia burns: This is the age of weather extremes. Modern weather forecasts are stunningly accurate. The U.S. has slipped out of the top 20 countries in a worldwide corruption index.

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