Thinking About Sports

with Nicholas Dawidoff, Frank Deford, Elizabeth Alexander, and Mike Pesca

People the world over love watching—and listening to and reading about—other people playing games. On a warm June evening in the heat of the World Cup in Brazil, the NBA finals, the baseball season and NFL minicamps, the legendary sportswriter Frank Deford, prize-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander, NPR and Slate sportswriter Mike Pesca, and best-selling author Nicholas Dawidoff will discuss sports in society.

Beginning with personal thoughts on spectating and following sports, the panel will address the broader appeal of games in a wide-ranging conversation that promises to engage with everything from how to save football from violence (and baseball from football) to why Americans have been the last to appreciate the truth and beauty in the beautiful game of soccer.

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