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.

At the Winter Olympics, Blood on the Tracks At the Winter Olympics, Blood on the Tracks

The circumstances surrounding the death of Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili expose the International Olympic Committee charter as a lie.

Feb 19, 2010 / Column / Dave Zirin

Christopher Hitchens: Sporting Fool Christopher Hitchens: Sporting Fool

Nuance is the mortal enemy of essayist Christopher Hitchens. 

Feb 12, 2010 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

When Snow Melts: Vancouver’s Olympic Crackdown When Snow Melts: Vancouver’s Olympic Crackdown

News Flash: Winter Olympic officials in tropical Vancouver have been forced to import snow - on the public dime - to make sure that the 2010 games proceed as planned. This use of t...

Feb 9, 2010 / Books & the Arts / Dave Zirin

Who Dat? Dat’s the Super Bowl Champs! Who Dat? Dat’s the Super Bowl Champs!

The New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl 44. I can't believe I'm even typing the words. Five years ago this was the team considered most likely to be moved to Los Angeles. Four and a ...

Feb 8, 2010 / Books & the Arts / Dave Zirin

Note to ESPN’s Jemele Hill: Tim Tebow is not Muhammad Ali Note to ESPN’s Jemele Hill: Tim Tebow is not Muhammad Ali

First let me put my cards on the table. I consider Jemele Hill, sports columnist for ESPN.com to be as incisive and interesting as they come. She has been a frequent and fearless g...

Feb 3, 2010 / Books & the Arts / Dave Zirin

All-White Basketball League: Bringing Segregation Back All-White Basketball League: Bringing Segregation Back

If not for the incessant backlash against NBA players, the all-white All-American Basketball Alliance would never have gotten off the ground.

Feb 2, 2010 / Column / Dave Zirin and David J. Leonard

Say No to CBS’s Anti-Choice Super Bowl Ad Say No to CBS’s Anti-Choice Super Bowl Ad

The broadcast networks that air the Super Bowl have historically rejected advocacy ads. Yet CBS, which is airing the Super Bowl this year, has accepted an anti-choice ad by the ult...

Jan 31, 2010 / Books & the Arts / Dave Zirin

Howard Zinn speaks into a microphone during the 2009 Sundance Music Festival

Howard Zinn: The Historian Who Made History Howard Zinn: The Historian Who Made History

Howard Zinn, who died in 2010 at the age of 87, did nothing less than rewrite the narrative of the United States. 

Jan 28, 2010 / Lived History / Dave Zirin

An Idiot Among Us: Basketball’s Paul Shirley on Haiti An Idiot Among Us: Basketball’s Paul Shirley on Haiti

In most cases, I've believed strongly in the right of professional athletes to state their political beliefs loudly and proudly. The concept that jocks should just "shut up a...

Jan 27, 2010 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

Silver Lining for Vikings Fans (Politically) Silver Lining for Vikings Fans (Politically)

This is a day to empathize with the agony amongst the long-suffering fans of the Minnesota Vikings. 

Jan 25, 2010 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

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