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LeBron James Spent Another Summer Redefining the Role of Pro Athletes

“I know exactly what the fuck I need to do,” LeBron James says midway through the first episode of “The Shop,” his new half-hour HBO show, which premièred last week. (Future episodes will reportedly “air periodically throughout the year.”) He’s explaining to his buddies—who include the W.N.B.A. star Candace Parker,

The Return of Simone Biles and the Costs of Gymnastics

It can be difficult to describe the experience of watching women’s gymnastics, because it is not like any other sport. Most élite athletes challenge bodily limits, but gymnasts seem to exist in a realm beyond the human body’s horizon. Some have the brawny necks of linebackers, others the knobby knees

Curt Schilling and Steve Deace Try to “Make Sports Talk Great Again”

For the past month, I’ve been watching a show that aims—as a voice-over during the opening credits puts it—to “make sports talk great again.” It streams daily on the fledgling digital-subscription network CRTV, which stands for Conservative Review Television. The hosts of the show, which is called “On the Clock,”

Lenny Dykstra Has More to Say

A retired ballplayer, age fifty-five and dressed in golf attire (sneakers, khakis, cap), approaches the lower tier of seats at Citi Field and is rebuffed by an usher. Asked to produce a ticket, the ballplayer instead presents a voucher for entry to the Delta Sky360° Club, behind home plate. “That’s

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