With COVID-19 and the current uprisings over police brutality and racial injustice, the convergence of sports and politics have once again taken center stage. Much of the chatter has been focused on the NBA. Gobert’s positive test ending the regular season, the bubble restart, the Black Lives Matter courts, the players’ strike, and the owners’ and league’s responses and commitments. All these events speak to the intertwining relationships sports—and more specifically basketball—has with race, politics, and more.
We seek to use that as a jumping off point to continue the many works of past writers, journalists, and activists that have explored these intersections and what they mean for society as a whole. With our series of articles, The Off-Court Playbook, we’ll explore the players, the team owners, and the NBA as a way to document the flow of money, the results of past and current social justice initiatives, and the broader socio-political impact of the league.
01. The Home Court Disadvantage
02. 1,000 Steves and Connies
03. O-Zone Defense
04. Baseball to the Baseballers!