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.

Should Israel’s Flag Be Raised at the Paris Olympics?

Should Israel’s Flag Be Raised at the Paris Olympics? Should Israel’s Flag Be Raised at the Paris Olympics?

How the IOC is penalizing Russia provides insight into how it could treat Israel at the 2024 Games.

Nov 21, 2023 / Jules Boykoff and Dave Zirin

President of Israel Isaac Herzog speaks on video during the March For Israel at the National Mall on November 14, 2023, in Washington, D.C.

The March for Israel Was a Hate Rally The March for Israel Was a Hate Rally

What kind of gathering against antisemitism invites antisemites?

Nov 15, 2023 / Dave Zirin

NBA Commissioner David Stern holding up Golden State Warriors card at Sherton New York Hotel and Towers in 1993.

Basketball Butterfly Effect: 1993 Draft Basketball Butterfly Effect: 1993 Draft

On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, Arya Shirazi joins the show for part five of the Basketball Butterfly Effect.

Nov 14, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

Then-PSV's and currently Bundesliga's Mainz player Anwar El Ghazi, left, scores his side's fifth goal during the Europa League group A soccer match between PSV and Zurich at the Philips stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands, on October 13, 2022.

There Is No Space in the Sports World to Call for a Free Palestine There Is No Space in the Sports World to Call for a Free Palestine

The decision of professional athletes to stay silent is understandable, but it’s sad to see caring people muzzle themselves to protect their livelihoods.

Nov 10, 2023 / Dave Zirin

Demonstrators are detained by US Capitol Police after they staged a sit-in inside the Cannon House Office Building to demand a cease-fire against Palestinians in Gaza October 18, 2023, on Independence Avenue in Washington, DC.

The Left Is Not “Anti-Jewish” The Left Is Not “Anti-Jewish”

What we are witnessing is an effort to get people to see slogans like “Free Palestine” as antisemitic and the protests as threats to Jewish existence.

Nov 6, 2023 / Dave Zirin

Track and field athlete Selina Soule speaks during an event celebrating the House of Representatives’ passing the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act outside the US Capitol on April 20, 2023, in Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden has promised to veto the legislation, which defines sex as “based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth” and would ban all transgender women and girls from competing in female school sports.

Trans Athletes Fight for Inclusion in Sports Trans Athletes Fight for Inclusion in Sports

On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, Katie Barnes and Tracie Canada join the show.

Nov 6, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

A mural depicting Roberto Mancini and Mohammed bin Salman painted by aleXsandro Palombo outside the San Siro Stadium at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, September 19, 2023, in Milan, Italy.

Saudi Arabia Hosting the World Cup Is a Win for Sportswashing Saudi Arabia Hosting the World Cup Is a Win for Sportswashing

Though not yet official, Saudi Arabia has all but muscled out the only other real contender.

Nov 2, 2023 / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

Nikki Haley, who has announced her candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, speaking a CPAC on March 3, 2023, in National Harbor, Md.

For the People in the Back: Anti-Zionism Is Not Antisemitism For the People in the Back: Anti-Zionism Is Not Antisemitism

Nikki Haley, as usual, is wrong.

Oct 31, 2023 / Dave Zirin

Police officers take a protester into custody as Jewish activists stage pro-Palestinian demonstration at United States Capitol building in Washington D.C., on October 18, 2023.

Congressional Support for a Cease-Fire Isn’t Too Much to Ask Congressional Support for a Cease-Fire Isn’t Too Much to Ask

Demanding that all 200 hostages be released as a condition for signing the cease-fire resolution is only an excuse to not sign it at all.

Oct 26, 2023 / Dave Zirin

A group of Palestinians stands amid the rubble of a bombed building.

Adam Shatz on Israelis, Palestinians, and Hamas Adam Shatz on Israelis, Palestinians, and Hamas

On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, The Nation’s former literary editor comments on the Israeli war underway in Gaza.

Oct 26, 2023 / Audio / Dave Zirin

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