Dave Zirin, The Nation’s sports editor, is the author of eight books on the politics of sports, most recently, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on ESPN, MSNBC, and Democracy Now! He also hosts his own weekly Sirius XM show, Edge of Sports Radio, and co-hosts The Collision: Where Sports and Politics Collide with former NBA player Etan Thomas (both available as podcasts). You can find all his work or contact him through his website EdgeofSports.com. Follow him on twitter @EdgeofSports.
Dean Smith will be remembered for his legendary coaching career. He should also be remembered for taking unpopular stands for social justice.
After a fourteen-year absence, Serena Williams is returning to a tournament where she faced racist abuse. She will not be alone.
The fining of Marshawn Lynch by Roger Goodell speaks to far larger hypocrisies and prejudices that emanate from the NFL's central office.
It makes perfect sense why people care about the NFL's latest scandal more than the State of the Union address: because it’s real.
Dr. Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali shared a bond in their commitment against war and for social justice. It wasn’t a popular bond and it deserves to be remembered.