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 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.
We might have ourselves a good-old fashioned strike scenario during the London Olympic games.
Jock for Justice Joseph Williams is putting his health on the line for a cause in which he deeply believes.
UVA football player Joseph Wiliams is on a hunger strike so campus workers can get a living wage. As you can read, he has the politics and depth to back up his concerns.
Because a set of bizarre circumstances surrounding his drug test, reigning MVP Ryan Braunhas become the first player in history to successfully challenge a steroid-related penalty in a grievance.