Imagining an America Without Sports

by SAM RICHES from Pacific Standard The National Football League, despite a reported dip in fan support this year, remains the most popular and profitable sports league in America. Though it generates in the range of $10 billion annually, it’s heavily subsidized by its fans, American taxpayers, who provide 70 percent of the capital costs in…

Is Hollywood On A Dystopian Movie Binge?

by Walt Hickey from FiveThirtyEight I’m way behind the times, but I finally saw “Snowpiercer,” the 2013 movie in which Captain America leads a revolution on a train because the food was bad. It was great, but it reminded me of what looked like a trend in cinema: It sure seems like there are a…