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.
Nelson Mandela’s history with the sports world is both more complicated and more challenging than meets the eye.
The now-dismissed sexual assault charges against star quarterback Jameis Winston reveal so much more than meets the eye.
Last night was a shameful display by Dan Snyder to hide behind World War II veterans and excuse the fact that he won’t change his own team’s racist name.
There was a portent of the recent racist attack at San Jose State University in the firing of cross-country coach Ron Davis.
A racist attack on a campus is horrific enough. That it took place at San Jose State says something even more damning about the state of the school.
On the day that Len Bias would have turned 50, it is worth remembering how people have used his memory and exploited his death.
Many writers put the fault for Richie Incognito's racist bullying on a generation of African-American players. This is just wrong.