Dave Zirin

Sports Editor

@EdgeofSports

Dave Zirin is the sports editor at The Nation. He is the author of 11 books on the politics of sports. He is also the coproducer and writer of the new documentary Behind the Shield: The Power and Politics of the NFL.

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To Find Excitement at the NBA All-Star Game, Look to the Stands To Find Excitement at the NBA All-Star Game, Look to the Stands

Members of the Palestinian Youth Movement and Jewish Voice for Peace unfurled a banner that read “Let Gaza Live.”

Feb 20, 2024 / Dave Zirin

The Forgotten Stars of the  NBA’s 1980s

The Forgotten Stars of the NBA’s 1980s The Forgotten Stars of the NBA’s 1980s

On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, Arya Shirazi joins the show for yet another installment of the Basketball Butterfly Effect.

Feb 20, 2024 / Audio / Dave Zirin

An injured person is aided near the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl LVIII victory parade on February 14, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo.

What the Super Bowl Parade Shooting Has to Do With the Empire of the Gun What the Super Bowl Parade Shooting Has to Do With the Empire of the Gun

A mass shooting during the Kansas City Chiefs’ championship celebration reveals something dark about this country and the violence it exports around the world.

Feb 15, 2024 / Dave Zirin

Smoke billows during the Israeli bombardment of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on February 12, 2024.

The First Thing We Should Remember About the Super Bowl Is the Massacre The First Thing We Should Remember About the Super Bowl Is the Massacre

During the year’s biggest television event in the US, Israel launched an attack on Rafah, hoping Americans wouldn’t notice. Now, the strikes are part of NFL history.

Feb 12, 2024 / Dave Zirin

Crowds jam into Caesars Sports Book at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino to bet on the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII on February 12, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Super Bowl of Gambling The Super Bowl of Gambling

The gambling industry has consumed the sports world, so of course, the Super Bowl is in Las Vegas.

Feb 9, 2024 / Dave Zirin

Ben Wallace, #3 of the Detroit Pistons, holds up the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship trophy as he celebrates with teammates after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 100-87 in game five of the 2004 NBA Finals on June 15, 2004.

How the Pistons Clawed Their Way to Two Titles How the Pistons Clawed Their Way to Two Titles

On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, another installment of the Basketball Butterfly Effect.

Feb 9, 2024 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Musician Kiana Ledé at the 2024 NHL All-Star Game on February 3, 2024, in Toronto, Canada.

When Wearing a Sweater Is Antisemitic When Wearing a Sweater Is Antisemitic

The singer Kiana Lede wore a black-and-white cardigan to sing the US national anthem, riling up the reactionary right and supporters of the Israeli state.

Feb 6, 2024 / Dave Zirin

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft looks on prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins on September 11, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

In the Fight Against Antisemitism, Robert Kraft Is Part of the Problem In the Fight Against Antisemitism, Robert Kraft Is Part of the Problem

The foundation run by the owner of the New England Patriots has purchased a Super Bowl ad titled “Stop Jewish Hate”—but it’s the foundation that is helping to fuel antisemitism.

Jan 31, 2024 / Dave Zirin

Patrick Ewing #33 battles Chris Webber #2 of the Washington Bullets for the tip-off, 1995 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md.

Basketball Butterfly Effect: Why Haven't the Knicks Won a Championship in 50 Years?  Basketball Butterfly Effect: Why Haven't the Knicks Won a Championship in 50 Years? 

On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, Arya Shirazi joins the show for another installment of Basketball Butterfly Effect.

Jan 29, 2024 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Colin Kaepernick, #7 of the San Francisco 49ers, talks with Aaron Rodgers, #12 of the Green Bay Packers, after their game on October 4, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif.

What Naomi Klein Taught Me About Aaron Rodgers What Naomi Klein Taught Me About Aaron Rodgers

We all have doppelgängers, and we now know Colin Kaepernick’s is Aaron Rodgers.

Jan 23, 2024 / Dave Zirin

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