Morgan Campbell

Senior Contributor

Morgan Campbell joins CBC Sports as our first Senior Contributor after 18 standout years at the Toronto Star. In 2004 he won the National Newspaper Award for "Long Shots," a serial narrative about a high school basketball team from Scarborough. Later created, hosted and co-produced "Sportonomics," a weekly video series examining the business of Sport. And he spent his last two years at the Star authoring the Sports Prism initiative, a weekly feature covering the intersection of sports, race, business, politics and culture. Morgan is also a TedX lecturer, and a frequent contributor to several CBC platforms, including the extremely popular and sorely-missed Sports Culture Panel on CBC Radio Q. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Literary Review of Canada, and the Best Canadian Sports Writing anthology.

Latest from Morgan Campbell


Custio Clayton aims to end century-long wait for Black, Nova Scotian boxing supremacy

On Saturday, undefeated 33-year-old Custio Clayton from North Preston, N.S., faces Sergey Lipinets for the IBF interim welterweight championship. A win would position Clayton to challenge the division's biggest names in bouts that could earn him life-changing paydays and a rock-solid legacy.

Bell rings on Canadian pro boxing's return in province hardest hit by COVID-19

Despite Quebec reporting its single-day record for new COVID-19 cases, pro boxing returns to Canada on Oct. 10 when David Lemieux takes on Francy Ntetu in Shawinigan, writes CBC Sports Senior Contributor Morgan Campbell.

Cost, racism and football are draining Black American talent in baseball

Money alone won't solve the deep-rooted problems The Players Alliance has targeted, but as CBC Sports senior contributor Morgan Campbell writes, it's a concrete step toward helping the group stem a decades-long slow leak in Black American talent in Major League Baseball.

Risking lives to stage Tokyo Olympics 'at any cost' is a price too high

Japan's Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto said Tuesday she believes organizers 'have to hold the Games at any cost,' but as CBC Sports Senior Contributor Morgan Campbell writes, the toll in human lives could prove too expensive.

Black athletes expected to stand against racism alone — and they shouldn't

Rather than ask whether kneeling or raising fists or walking out of work is enough, we should ask why anyone expected Black NBA players to dismantle deep-seated systemic racism by themselves, writes CBC Sport Senior Contributor Morgan Campbell.

Masai Ujiri appears to only be guilty of celebrating while Black

If you needed airtight video evidence that Masai Ujiri was the aggrieved and not the aggressor that night in Oakland, it hit the internet late Tuesday, when Ujiri's legal team, after filing a lawsuit against Alan Strickland, published footage of the incident captured by the officer's body camera.

WNBA players picking a fight with team owner is sports' front line in battle for social reform

When Atlanta Dream players wore t-shirts urging people to vote for their team owner's opponent, the message was unambiguous and daring, but it wasn't novel. For the WNBA players, the strength of conviction was on-brand.

Tyson-Jones Jr. bout a car wreck designed to attract social media rubberneckers

Late last week Roy Jones Jr., the 51-year-old ex-champion and light-heavyweight legend, emerged as Mike Tyson’s opponent in the main event of a pay-per-view card slated for Sept. 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in suburban Los Angeles.

Rich white coaches want football in a pandemic, but unpaid Black players are most at risk

It's callous enough in neutral times to expect the unpaid labour of Black athletes to power the entire U.S. college sports economy. But during a pandemic, it's cruel to expect them to risk their lives.