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.
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.
The causes were many, but police brutality and economic insecurity were supercharged in Los Angeles after the 1984 Olympics.
A black hockey player scores a winning goal against a Tea Partying goalie, and racists couldn’t help themselves.
An ugly elbow has shown NBA player Metta World Peace that his playing future is in doubt, despite past good works.
Pat Summitt steps down as head hoops coach at the University of Tennessee. The void she leaves is immeasurable.
The decline of African-American involvement in baseball speaks more to twenty-first-century problems than Campanis-era racism does.