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.
The senseless killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has provoked an outcry among athletes. Even among the most famous and infamous of them all, LeBron James.
The killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, reminds us of another chapter in its history.
Most agree the Saints should have met with some punishment for having a “bounty system” against opposing players, but the NFL is not being honest about why the suspensions were so terribly harsh.
Please, oh please: may the soon-to-be ex–Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow land in Miami. It’s a match made in my own idea of Heaven.
Kansas State center Jamar Samuels was suspended by the NCAA for trying to “feed his family.”
The chants of “Where's your green card?” by the Southern Mississippi school band at an NCAA tournament game reflects something much greater than rowdy fans at a sporting event.
The NCAA exploits its athletes. Who can fight back?
We expect players to be loyal, but don’t ask the same of those who sign their checks.
Reactions to revelations that an NFL team took out “bounties” on opponents tell a story of a sport desperate to mask the effects of violence.
Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia has written a letter to the university community worthy of being shared.