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Samantha Retrosi

As a luge competitor at the 2006 Winter Games, I saw the dehumanization and corporate domination behind the Olympic ideal.

They’ve been competing for decades—but now they’re proudly and publicly out.

As a former George Washington University basketball player and the first openly transgender Division I athlete, Kye Allums is no stranger to transgender ignorance in the media.

Redskins helmets

Conservatives have a convenient belief that when it comes to racism, it’s all about intent. 

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

For decades, Native Americans have fought to change the NFL team’s name. Now, finally, there’s a groundswell for change.

Protests in Brazil

What could have provoked such massive protests against a soccer festival from the sport’s most passionate fans?

San Antonio Spurs

The underdogs may have enough in the tank to surprise us again next year.

Protests in Brazil

Most Brazilians feel that the biggest football festival in the world, along with the foundation of their country, is being stolen from them.

NCAA press conference

The annual hoops hysteria known as March Madness generates a tidal wave of revenue—but the players don’t receive a dime of it.

Black September commando

The security mania and spending orgy of our present-day Olympics were truly born that tragic September, forty years ago. 

Blogs

In Brazil, the impact of sports mega-events like the World Cup on the environment is nothing to cheer.

April 22, 2014

We should demand the truth about the death of Pat Tillman.

April 21, 2014

The passing of prisoner-rights advocate Rubin “Hurricane” Carter should be a clarion call to champion prisoner’s rights.

April 20, 2014

Appearing on Al Jazeera America’s Consider This, Nation sports editor Dave Zirin comes to Hank Aaron‘s defense.

April 18, 2014

Baseball Hall of Famer Henry Aaron spoke his mind and is receiving racist death threats, thereby proving his point.

April 16, 2014

Next week will see two wrenching anniversaries one day apart. One will receive a great deal more coverage than the other.

April 13, 2014

Efforts by Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald to prevent a union among his players are worthy of rebuke.

April 11, 2014

Idle No More is a movement of indigenous people in North America that, among other things, has taken on the issue of sports mascoting. Here Dave speaks to two Idle No More members about this aspect of their work.

April 10, 2014

Despite devoting forty to sixty hours per week to their sport most of the year, Division I football players lack basic economic rights under the NCAA’s cartel restrictions.

April 9, 2014

The UConn Huskies men’s basketball team are one shining example of why the NCAA needs a massive overhaul.

April 8, 2014