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.
Barry Bonds now faces ten years in prison after a trial that was an ugly, abhorrent farce. Witch hunt might be too kind a word.
Last week, NCAA President Mark Emmert crossed a stunning ideological bridge away from the antediluvian. Emmert said in an interview with USA Today that at April's NCAA board meeting he "will make clear ... that I want [paying players] to be a subject we explore."
Before the media becomes too engorged on this Cinderella vs. Sinners narrative, it‘s worth noting that while superficially true, it’s also fraudulent, moralistic hooey.
Former Michigan hoops star Jalen Rose called Duke's African American players “Uncle Toms.” Duke alum Grant Hill responded in the New York Times. Let the media firestorm commence!
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has been through the physical and mental wringer in twenty years of playing the game of football. His partner, Jaclyn Fujita, wants the next generation of players to be saved from the fears she carries every time he steps on the field.
Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back, likened his labor to slavery. He’s been scorched for his comments, but maybe there is more here than meets the eye. Maybe we would do well to listen.
Americans face the prospect of no football in 2011 because players made a three-word demand that would not have cost the owners a dime: open your books.