An Actual Playing Field Shouldn’t Be a Political One – The Wall Street Journal

Sports need politics the way the pope needs a bowling trophy. For a spectator, sports provide a relief from politics and much else in a world that is too much with us. Yet in our intensely political time, sports have been invaded by politics. Thus as the long-delayed baseball season begins, we see “BLM” stamped on pitcher’s mounds or behind home plate in some major-league ballparks. An old riddle asks the last two words of the national anthem: “Play ball!” But now, as the national anthem plays, ballplayers kneel to protest the injustice of a country they feel plagued by racism, and things get off no longer to a rousing…

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