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.
NFL owners are banking on the fact that players, with their short window to make money, will cave to every demand. Players Association President DeMaurice Smith is banking on something bigger: a sense of history, sacrifice and community that’s greater than sports.
Amidst the bombast, the Packers won the Super Bowl. But the broadcast did what it could to hide the truth of the team's radical ownership structure.
A billionaire gets zinged by a local newspaper with a modest readership and then proceeds to trivialize the Holocaust and blackmail the paper with financial Armageddon. All in a day’s work for Washington football team owner Dan Snyder.
Charles Barkley felt a responsibility to use his platform on a TNT pregame show to speak out for Gay Rights. Given who spoke before him, we should be grateful that he did.
Cookie Gilchrist, one of the great football players and outspoken athletes, died of cancer on January 10, the day before a remarkable political/sports anniversary.
Last March, Sarah Palin unleashed a sports-infused tirade that shows more than a lack of basketball acumen: it shows a comfort in the language of violence that should disqualify her from national politics.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued an ill-timed letter laying out the state of negotiations with the NFL Players Association. Both sides are striving to secure a new collective bargaining agreement and avoid labor armageddon, but based on Goodell's letter, that's where the similarities end.
Tucker Carlson's efforts to paint Vick as a disposable, killable individual cuts in a way that transcends the idiocy of Fox News.