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.
Competitive athletics are far too important to leave to greedy businessmen and corporations.
The Cup has become a tool for neoliberal plunder—but Brazilians are fighting back.
Sports tournaments will pollute air for “the earth’s lungs.”
The Russian government’s anti-gay scapegoating diverts attention from what appears to be the most corrupt Olympics in history.
“You need to follow your conscience, follow your heart and follow your wisdom.”
For decades, Native Americans have fought to change the NFL team’s name. Now, finally, there’s a groundswell for change.
The annual hoops hysteria known as March Madness generates a tidal wave of revenue—but the players don’t receive a dime of it.
The NBA point-guard phenom has sparked a national discussion about racism against Asian-Americans.
Pulaski Schools Superintendent Mel Lightner has denied that the tune played by the Pulaski High Schools "Red Raiders" was Woody Guthrie's "Union Maid."