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.

Football and Nikki Giovanni at Virginia Tech Football and Nikki Giovanni at Virginia Tech

Tragedy uncovers the diverse world of a school that had been known only for football.

Apr 26, 2007 / Column / Dave Zirin

Don Imus and the State of Women’s Sports Don Imus and the State of Women’s Sports

It's been thirty-five years since Title IX was passed, and women athletes are still battling the kind of sexism Imus espouses.

Apr 11, 2007 / Feature / Dave Zirin

John Amaechi’s Timeout John Amaechi’s Timeout

The openly gay former NBA star speaks eloquently against homophobia, the war in Iraq and racism.

Apr 4, 2007 / Feature / Dave Zirin

Gary Tyler’s Quest for Justice Gary Tyler’s Quest for Justice

Sports figures are joining the crusade to free a Louisiana man convicted as a teenager of a murder he didn't commit.

Mar 21, 2007 / Feature / Dave Zirin

Out of the Closet and Onto the Court Out of the Closet and Onto the Court

Former NBA player John Amaechi's admission that he is gay exposed the league's compassion and bigotry.

Feb 15, 2007 / Column / Dave Zirin

A Tale of Two Coaches A Tale of Two Coaches

Kudos to Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy for being the first two black coaches to lead teams to the Superbowl. But hold the applause for the NFL.

Jan 23, 2007 / Column / Dave Zirin

Muhammad Ali: The Brand and the Man Muhammad Ali: The Brand and the Man

The day The Champ turned 65 was marked by the release of a line of snack foods bearing his image. Lost in the hype was Muhammad Ali's proud history as a war resister.

Jan 17, 2007 / Column / Dave Zirin

Brawl in the Garden Brawl in the Garden

Carmelo Anthony pays the price for the melee between the Nuggets and the Knicks, but it's NBA commissioner David Stern who should be benched.

Dec 18, 2006 / Column / Dave Zirin

Michigan-Ohio State Fever Michigan-Ohio State Fever

As the two top-ranked college teams clash on Saturday, the world stops, vote-counting is halted in a tight Congressional race and cities brace for violence.

Nov 16, 2006 / Column / Dave Zirin

NBA: The Political Season NBA: The Political Season

Take time out to acknowledge the return of the NBA--and the beginning of a political season of sorts for NBA players with a social conscience.

Nov 6, 2006 / Column / Dave Zirin

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