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1980s vs. Today: Sports activism

Was the sports world better back in the 1980s, or is it better today? Story

Updated: June 5, 2008, 12:49 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | Page 2

1980s They spoke. Not loud, but strong. On the backs of anti-Vietnam protests, Watergate, Title IX, post-Civil Rights, post-Cold War activism in America, athletes found themselves in the unique position of having a voice, but without a major issue to voice their opinions about. Arthur Ashe spoke with his dignity, Julius Erving spoke with presence and style, Greg Louganis and Martina Navratilova spoke with their dominance. Be it human rights, black pride or gay/lesbian acceptance, it was a silent ...

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