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Amy Bass

  • The finals of the U.S. Open this year presented an interesting tutorial on our inability to predict what people will care about in sports.
  • Re-entry into a non-Olympic world always takes me a few days. I’ve had the privilege of working on the ground at eight Olympic Games, and coming home, whether from Sydney, Australia or Torino, Italy, always brought a mixture of melancholy and exhaustion, exhilaration and gloom.
  • I was reminded a few weeks ago just how powerful the tug of sports on our hearts and heads can be when a highly anticipated showdown between the Yankees…
  • I remember stopping in my tracks at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 when I first saw the Nike billboard: “You Don’t Win Silver,” it screamed. “You Lose…
  • Despite every scrap of common sense in my head that screams how utterly nuts it is that the Tokyo Olympic Games are still on track to take place this…
  • If they open it, to paraphrase James Earl Jones in his role as fictional writer Terence Mann in Field of Dreams, people will come. “And they’ll watch the…
  • So, here’s the thing: in America, you can’t cancel baseball. Major League Baseball took a stand. It isn’t the first time. I’m hoping it won’t be the…
  • We talk sports today with Amy Bass and Howard Herman! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. Amy Bass is professor of sport studies and chair of the division of social…
  • “I’m not a role model,” NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley declared in 1993. “Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your…
  • I grew up loving the Boston Red Sox and if you didn’t, I ask that you hang on a moment, because I promise I am talking to you, too. Fandom is something…