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.
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.
Kudos to Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy for being the first two black coaches to lead teams to the Superbowl. But hold the applause for the NFL.
The day The Champ turned 65 was marked by the release of a line of snack foods bearing his image. Lost in the hype was Muhammad Ali's proud history as a war resister.
Carmelo Anthony pays the price for the melee between the Nuggets and the Knicks, but it's NBA commissioner David Stern who should be benched.
As the two top-ranked college teams clash on Saturday, the world stops, vote-counting is halted in a tight Congressional race and cities brace for violence.
Take time out to acknowledge the return of the NBA--and the beginning of
a political season of sorts for NBA players with a social conscience.