Herbert J. Hovenkamp (Iowa): The NCAA and the Rule of Reason. Ryan Goldberg on how America’s favorite sports betting expert turned a sucker’s game into an industry. Fighting a cage match to turn UFC into a national phenomenon: Two brothers have worked to bring what some critics have derided as “human cage fighting” into the lucrative mainstream of spectator sports. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Athletes aren’t dumb jocks — we’re the face of change. Jay Caspian Kang on the dark side of American soccer culture: A growing number of fan clubs imitate European traditions while ignoring their xenophobic history — and the major Latino audience that already exists here. “It’s only working for the white kids”: Les Carpenter on American soccer’s diversity problem. The best African American figure skater in history is now bankrupt and living in a trailer. Jay Caspian Kang on the unbearable whiteness of baseball.

Ron Briley on Curt Schilling and the politics of American sport. Jerry Useem on the curse of the loyal sports fan: The Chicago Cubs’ customers show up win or lose — which may explain why, until now, the team has mostly done the latter. Neil DeMause on Cobb County and the Braves: Worst sports stadium deal ever? The Braves play taxpayers better than they play baseball: Ira Boudway and Kate Smith on how small towns across the South are paying the bills for Atlanta’s farm system.

Daniele Mezzapelle and Luca Zarrilli (Chieti): Border and Cyberspace: Some Reflections of Political Geography. Jorge L. Contreras (Utah): Genetic Property. Is willingness to kill millions of civilians with thermonuclear weapons the hallmark of 1) ISIS? 2) ordinary voters? Now, even “corporate Democrats” are saying American capitalism needs to be radically reformed. Bo Lidegaard on Hillary Clinton and the Scandinavian-American Dream. Caity Weaver explores one part of this beautiful republic that Donald Trump has made great again: His portfolio of exclusive real estate properties. Julia Greenberg on how humans are tech’s next Big Thing — and that could be risky. Luke Hennessy on Game of Thrones as the ultimate defense of politics: In Westeros and the real world alike, disagreement and conflict are interminable features of human coexistence.

Does the RNC dare to do oppo on the Khans? They are likely to hear from donors about this already. Here we go: “What the media is not telling you about the Muslim who attacked Donald Trump: He is a Muslim Brotherhood agent who wants to advance sharia law and bring Muslims into the United States”. Faces of the American Muslims who died fighting for their country after 9/11 revealed as fallen soldier’s father tells Trump: “You have sacrificed nothing and no-one”.

Steve Benen on the death of one party, the birth of another. Max Boot on how the “stupid party” created Donald Trump. Tom Scocca on how Donald Trump is a Republican. Trump faces withering bipartisan backlash for attacking Khan family. Donald Trump’s fight with the Khans is a reminder of his greatest weakness. Donald Trump is neither strong nor sane, and he has never been elected to any public office in his life — not dog-catcher, not zoning board, not public water commission; he is not going to be able to take this — he is going to crack. Daniel Drezner on the paradox of public service in a Trump administration. Marc Fisher on Donald Trump and the expanding power of the presidency. Trump at war: Andy Kroll on how the military is preparing for the possibility of a very different kind of Commander in Chief.

Noam Chomsky on how today’s GOP might be the most dangerous organization in human history.

Darren Dobson (Monash): “A House Divided”: Understanding Southerners’ Dislike for Abraham Lincoln. Is the U.S. behind Fethullah Gulen? Munich shooter considered himself Aryan, admired Hitler and Breivik — no wonder the media has moved on. Bruce Schneier on how the Internet of Things will turn large-scale hacks into real world disasters. Clinton allies put out literal bounty for Donald Trump’s tax returns. Trump rescued by firefighters before blasting Colorado Springs Fire Marshal. Do our stories privilege the upwardly mobile? Phoebe Maltz Bovy on how America needs a new national story. Christopher Ingraham on the most interesting states in America. All this and more, made possible by vast landfills: Amy Crawford on how the American way of life is made possible by the thoughtless generation of large amounts of garbage.

From Daily Nous, philosophers on the DNC leaks. “I didn’t think it could be done in the United States”: An interview with Anne Applebaum on the Russian hack of the DNC and Donald Trump’s flirtation with Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump and Russia: A web that grows more tangled all the time. Does Julian Assange really have an email that will get Hillary Clinton tossed in prison? Jesse Singal investigates. What happened to WikiLeaks? WikiLeaks has hit rock bottom.

Erle Ellis (Maryland): Ecology in an Anthropogenic Biosphere. Tim Stephens (Sydney): Disasters, International Environmental Law and the Anthropocene. James Ming Chen (Michigan State): Anthropocene Agricultural Law. Jason W. Moore (Binghampton): Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism. Post-capitalist ecologies: Alf Hornborg on energy, money and “value” in the Anthropocene. Simon Dalby (Wilfrid Laurier): Geopolitics in the Anthropocene. Simon Hailwood (Liverpool): Real Anthropocene Politics. Katrina Forrester reviews After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene by Jedediah Purdy (and more). Jonty Tiplady on theses on the philosophy of the fka-anthropocene, featuring Shia LaBeouf (and part 2). Viscous time in the anthropocene: What if the best source of news about the planetary effects of environmental damage was the planet itself? Generation Anthropocene: Robert Macfarlane on how humans have altered the planet for ever.

Are we in the Anthropocene yet? Zach St. George interviews Colin Waters and Lucy Edwards. Can we make the Anthropocene official yet? (and more) The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene.