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.

Saints and the Superdome Saints and the Superdome

The hype-masters of sports would have us believe that the return of the New Orleans Saints to the Superdome is a sign of a city on the verge of resurrection. It's not.

Sep 28, 2006 / Column / Dave Zirin

Screamin’ at the Machine Screamin’ at the Machine

We should be cheering at sports events and screaming at politicians. But these days, it's vice versa. Now that ESPN's Screamin' Stephen A. Smith is acting like a pundit, things cou...

Sep 26, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Dave Zirin

Sneakers for Social Justice? Sneakers for Social Justice?

New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury is getting props with a $14.98 sneaker designed to appeal to low-income kids. But the criticism he's endured over sweatshop labor shows ...

Sep 19, 2006 / Column / Dave Zirin

Troops and Hoops Troops and Hoops

There's something unnerving about USA Basketball's motivational tactics for the 2006 world championship--encouraging players to spend time with wounded Iraq veterans, in hopes of e...

Aug 20, 2006 / Feature / Dave Zirin

You Can Keep the Faith You Can Keep the Faith

Major League Baseball's new "Faith Days" campaign is about more than family-friendly Christian entertainment with a twist of commerce.

Jul 28, 2006 / Column / Dave Zirin

Baseball Begins to Listen to Sweatshop Foes Baseball Begins to Listen to Sweatshop Foes

After pressure from the local newspaper and the City Council questioning the use of sweatshop labor to create Pittsburgh Pirates regalia, Major League Baseball seems willing to lis...

Jul 14, 2006 / Column / Dave Zirin and Derek Tyner

Hey Guys, It’s Just a Game Hey Guys, It’s Just a Game

Soccer's not for wimps, but Team America and its fans have brought a decidedly militarist mindset to the World Cup.

Jun 20, 2006 / Feature / Dave Zirin and John Cox

The Rockies Pitch Religion The Rockies Pitch Religion

The Colorado Rockies recruit Christian players and claim God is at work on their game. Major League Baseball woos evangelicals with special "Faith Days at the Park." Something's go...

Jun 2, 2006 / Column / Dave Zirin

Ricky Williams Dreams of Canada Ricky Williams Dreams of Canada

Former Heisman trophy winner and ganja-smoking peacenik Ricky Williams is contemplating the sweet life in the Canadian Football League. Here's hoping he finds it.

May 26, 2006 / Feature / Dave Zirin

Using Soccer to Kick Iran Using Soccer to Kick Iran

To World Cup aficionados, soccer is a beautiful game, but to ideologues in the United States and Europe, it's a convenient political weapon against Iran's nuclear ambitions. Talk a...

May 16, 2006 / Feature / Dave Zirin and John Cox

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