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.
When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black-gloved fists at the 1968 Olympics, they were called “black skinned stormtroopers” by a young journalist named Brent Musburger. It's past time for an apology.
The Olympic Torch is not the most noteworthy thing passed from Greece to London. It’s the looming struggle against austerity.
The 2012 London Olympics: It's not a war zone—it just looks like one.
Mahmoud Sarsak, Palestinian national team soccer player, is dying on a hunger strike in an Israeli prison. The sports world should say something.
The family of NFL All-Pro Junior Seau made a deeply courageous decision to submit his brain for study after his suicide to see if concussions played a role. The ramifications could be massive.