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.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player with a chance of making an NFL team, now finds himself on the outside looking in.
The NFL’s stance against domestic violence is just a PR stunt.
People are asking why black athletes aren’t speaking out about Ferguson. It’s the wrong question at the wrong time.
Fighting racism, sexism and anti-LGBT bigotry is not a distraction from building a united struggle but a precondition for building a united struggle.
Pro wrestling star Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) decided that he could no longer shake his fist at his TV, and traveled to Ferguson to be a part of the protests.
Becky Hammon will be the first full-time female assistant coach in any major professional men’s sport in the United States.
This country publicly shamed Donald Sterling for racism in the sports world. So why should we stand by a country that killed an athlete because of his race?