With the the global economic crisis, the ascendance of Barack Obama and the movement for LGBT equality in sports, the relationship between sports and politics has become increasingly complex, Nation writer Dave Zirin says. Major sports outlets, however, haven’t given due time to these developments—“It’s like, if they were reporting on the revolutionary war, and all they could talk about were the type of muskets people were using.” Zirin talks with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about his new book, Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.

—James Cersonsky

Read Zirin’s post on the rising tide of LGBT consciousness in the NFL.