Dave Zirin, The Nation’s sports correspondent, is the author, most recently, of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on MSNBC, ESPN and Democracy Now! He also hosts his own weekly Sirius XM show, Edge of Sports Radio. His other books include What's My Name Fool? (Haymarket Books), A People's History of Sports in the United States (the New Press), Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love (Scribner) and, with John Wesley Carlos, The John Carlos Story. You can find all his work at www.edgeofsports.com.
Political struggle and its relation to sports is a question not of the past but of the future.
Congressional hearings about head injuries in the NFL raise questions about the consequences for old-timers and present-day players.
Slugger Gary Sheffield's intemperate remarks about the black/Latino divide have rattled batting cages and plunged baseball into the immigration debate.
Jason Giambi finally got around to telling the truth about baseball and steroids. So naturally, Major League Baseball is out to smear him.
There's a big difference between the misogynous hip-hop produced by big media and the hip-hop that moves a generation.
Tragedy uncovers the diverse world of a school that had been known only for football.
It's been thirty-five years since Title IX was passed, and women athletes are still battling the kind of sexism Imus espouses.
The openly gay former NBA star speaks eloquently against homophobia, the war in Iraq and racism.
Sports figures are joining the crusade to free a Louisiana man convicted as a teenager of a murder he didn't commit.
Former NBA player John Amaechi's admission that he is gay exposed the league's compassion and bigotry.