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.
Two students under 21 years of age have died this semester in connectionw ith Notre Dame. The school's culture of King Football deserves the blame and should therefore receive the stiffest possible punishment.
NFL Players Association President DeMaurice Smith is calling on circles of people well beyond football fans to help the league avoid an owners' lockout in 2011.
Lebron James's heavily hyped new Nike commercial draws upon a famous statement from Muhammad Ali. To Nike, the brand power of such a statement is simply "the Greatest."
In DC, it's not the elections garnering the lion's share of discussion. A recent benching by Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has once again put the spotlight on Donovan McNabb. Shanahan's explanation that McNabb was fat, lazy and stupid, made a bad situation worse.
It's tempting to think of the 2010 World Series as the ultimate red-state/blue-state showdown. But the truth is more complicated.