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Dave Zirin

Sports Editor

Dave Zirin, The Nation’s sports editor, is the author of eight books on the politics of sports, most recently, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on ESPN, MSNBC, and Democracy Now! He also hosts The Nation’s Edge of Sports podcast. You can find all his work or contact him through his website EdgeofSports.com. Follow him on twitter @EdgeofSports.


  • Regions and CountriesNovember 8, 2005

    The Soccer Star and the President

    Who is Diego Maradona, and how did a former Argentinian soccer star become the nemesis of an American President?

    Dave Zirin

  • Gender and SexualityNovember 4, 2005

    Sheryl Swoopes: Out of the Closet–and Ignored

    WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes has just come out of the closet. But why didn't anyone care?

    Dave Zirin

  • CorporationsOctober 26, 2005

    Say It Ain’t So, Big Leagues

    Strip-mining the Dominican Republic for talent, Major League Baseball periodically plucks one lucky boy from his home and family and gives him a dream for a better life. But what happens the other 99 left behind in "baseball factories," still hoping?

    Dave Zirin

  • MediaOctober 6, 2005

    Pat Tillman, Our Hero

    War hero and former NFL star Pat Tillman was not the GI Joe icon created by Pentagon spinmeisters. He was a fiercely independent thinker convinced that the war in Iraq was illegal. Bereaved military families, also angered at Pentagon exploitation of their loved ones, are joining the critical chorus.

    Dave Zirin

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  • CitiesSeptember 14, 2005

    Etan Thomas Rises to the Occasion

    Washington Wizards power forward Etan Thomas is using his swoosh-adorned status as a sports star to speak out on the gross negligence of the Bush Administration.

    Dave Zirin

  • SportsAugust 2, 2005

    What’s My Name, Fool?

    In The Godfather, Part II, dying mob boss Hyman Roth wheezes the obscene truth to young Don Michael Corleone.

    Dave Zirin

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