Examined whether college athletes deserve academic credit for playing sports
News story on the historic ruling that struck down the N.C.A.A.’s amateurism defense
Broke the news of the N.C.A.A.’s proposed concussion settlement
Spent a day in Berkeley with former Cal player Kendrick Payne, now a Lyft driver
Profile of N.C.A.A. Prez Mark Emmert ahead of the O’Bannon trial
A study of some of the long-term health issues faced by some former college athletes
An inside look at the school’s push to win the vote
Reported on the fractured opinions around campus with the football team’s union vote looming
The rise of the big business of the Big Ten and commissioner Jim Delany
A former booster dishes about what he calls the good old days
Broke the news of a proposal to the State Department to sign Cuban players around the embargo
Traveled with MLB's delegation, including four Cuban ballplayers who were allowed to return home, to Cuba.
A visit to Boston to find Lennie Merullo, the last living Cub to appear in a World Series
Tracing the evolution of WuShock, college sports’ best mascot
White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson really hates analytics
Where did one of hockey’s most venerable traditions come from?
Profile of Aaron Liberman, an Orthodox Jewish basketball player at Northwestern
Two best friends with Hall of Fame husbands looking back at a lifetime of baseball and more
My book, Indentured: Inside the Rebellion Against the NCAA (written with the great Joe Nocera), tells the story of a group of renegades--sneaker pimp Sonny Vaccaro and union leader Ramogi Huma, among them--who have taken on the NCAA over the last 15 years, through lawsuits and public pressure. It also follows the rise of college sports as big business, profiling Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and others. Indentured has been recommended by Bob Costas, Buzz Bissinger and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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I'm also a contributing writer for The New York Times, based in Washington, D.C. Before that, I was a press secretary on Capitol Hill. You can follow me on Twitter @benjstrauss or email me at email@example.com.