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.

Harrison Butker at commencement

Harrison Butker Is a Jerk, a Bigot, and a True Representative of the NFL Harrison Butker Is a Jerk, a Bigot, and a True Representative of the NFL

In a brief commencement speech, the Kansas City kicker managed to be racist, sexist, and homophobic. The NFL’s response is revealing.

May 16, 2024 / Dave Zirin

The New York Knicks' Stephon Marbury watches as the New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd shoots a free throw in the second half of Game 4 of first-round playoffs at Madison Square Garden.

NBA Playoffs: Round One Understood NBA Playoffs: Round One Understood

On this episode of Edge of Sports, Dave and Arya discuss the playoffs.

May 14, 2024 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Macklemore onstage with a delightful duck-print short-sleeve shirt.

Macklemore Dares Others to Stand Up for Palestine Macklemore Dares Others to Stand Up for Palestine

With “Hind’s Hall,” the rapper is telling artists and other culture workers, “The students are risking it all. Where are you?”

May 7, 2024 / Dave Zirin

Esteury Ruiz of the Oakland Athletics

Former Oakland A’s Player Bruce Maxwell Calls Out the Owner for Vegas Move Former Oakland A’s Player Bruce Maxwell Calls Out the Owner for Vegas Move

Former A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell joins the Edge of Sports podcast to discuss the team’s departure from Oakland.

May 4, 2024 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Protester in keffiyeh waves flag from roof

The Fiction of the “Outside Agitator” The Fiction of the “Outside Agitator”

With the “outside agitator” narrative, the media and politicians are puking up the worst of this country’s past.

May 3, 2024 / Dave Zirin

Taking a shot on goal during a soccer game in Rafah

Palestinians Stand Up to Israel Through Soccer Palestinians Stand Up to Israel Through Soccer

The American Friends Service Committee staged a youth soccer tournament in Rafah, showcasing the joy that the sport can offer.

Apr 30, 2024 / Dave Zirin

Benjamin Netanyahu in front of a map of the U.S.

How the US Media Failed to Tell the Story of the Occupation of Palestine How the US Media Failed to Tell the Story of the Occupation of Palestine

A Q&A with the creators of The Occupation of the American Mind, a documentary analyzing media coverage of the occupation of Palestine.

Apr 26, 2024 / Dave Zirin

The Meaning of Jalen Brunson and the 2024 Playoffs

The Meaning of Jalen Brunson and the 2024 Playoffs The Meaning of Jalen Brunson and the 2024 Playoffs

On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, Jalen Brunson, the Knicks, and the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Apr 22, 2024 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Macron and Sarkozy beside Olympics sign

The 2024 Olympics Are Already Dealing With Multiple Political Crises The 2024 Olympics Are Already Dealing With Multiple Political Crises

Despite all the bluster about how the Paris 2024 Olympics would be different, they’re looking a lot like the Games of recent years. And we’re only 100 days out.

Apr 15, 2024 / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

O.J. Simpson at his 1995 trial

O.J. Simpson Was a Rorschach Test for America O.J. Simpson Was a Rorschach Test for America

Society / April 11, 2024 O.J. Simpson Was a Rorschach Test for America Most people saw the Hall of Fame running back not as a person but as symbol for what was wrong with the c…

Apr 11, 2024 / Dave Zirin

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