Dave Zirin


Named one of UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World," Dave Zirin is a columnist for The Progressive magazine. He also writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is author of the acclaimed Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down (The New Press) which Christine Brennan of USA Today called "the perfect book for our time in sports." Sports Illustrated called the book "provocative," writing, "It will make you think about what we're really seeing when we watch the games we love."

Where are the calls for equal pay, equal respect, and, most pointedly, equal coverage emanating from the world of women’s athletics? The answer is complicated. more

Mar 25, 2017 4:07 PM Magazine


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In mid-February, eleven NFL players were expected to be a part of a delegation to Israel. Only five showed up. Why this happened is worth understanding. more

Mar 25, 2017 3:54 PM Magazine

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Behind the ruinous management of the New York Knicks, a family connection with tragic consequences. more

Feb 20, 2017 4:59 PM Dispatches

To get an idea of how twisted Trump’s cabinet nominees are, try thinking this through in the world of sports. more

Dec 13, 2016 9:34 PM Dispatches

Taking a stand against sexual violence, DeAndre Levy is virtually alone among male athletes. But it doesn’t have to be that way. more

Dec 5, 2016 7:07 PM Magazine

Image by Seatacular Colin Kaepernick changed both the sports world and the real world in August when he refused to stand for the national anthem and said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black p... more

Nov 2, 2016 4:43 PM Magazine

It depends on your metric. more

Oct 9, 2016 9:34 PM Magazine

One of the more compelling and combustible storylines as the 2016 season prepares to kick off. more

Sep 14, 2016 10:25 PM Magazine

Rio suffers from serious problems, the very features, I would argue, that made it so attractive to the International Olympic Committee. more

Aug 16, 2016 2:19 AM Dispatches 1 Comments

Why is a habit that causes cancer, death, and brutal withdrawal systems so uniquely entrenched in Major League baseball? more

Jul 10, 2016 4:44 PM Magazine

Why does America's "National Pastime" normalize such a harmful habit? more

Jun 27, 2016 5:54 PM Magazine

I am traveling to Brazil to examine the bumps in the road that always accompany those last 100 breakneck days before the Summer Games. more

May 18, 2016 5:00 PM Magazine

Cuba’s baseball history is fascinating. It has a lot to offer the major leagues. more

Mar 22, 2016 7:13 PM Magazine

Photo by dvids New England Patriots star linebacker Jerod Mayo decided, at age twenty-nine, that he was done with the surgeries, constant pain, and physical sacrifice that the National Football League demands. There is little doubt that May... more

Mar 18, 2016 4:17 PM Magazine

Through Cassius Clay’s transformation first to Cassius X and then to Muhammad Ali, he radicalized the black freedom struggle and became the most famous draft resister and anti-war activist in the world. more

Mar 16, 2016 3:12 PM Magazine

There is no—repeat no—NFL team that is on the road to (or even resides in the same town as) financial ruin. more

Feb 22, 2016 8:01 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

Photo by Flickr user mickbab There is a dangling question that hangs over the resignation of FIFA chief Sepp Blatter and the earthquake-inducing arrests of top FIFA officials on racketeering charges and the scandal that has rocked internationa... more

Jun 3, 2015 3:45 PM Dispatches

Knox College basketball player Ariyana Smith laid on the court for four and a half minutes to honor Michael Brown. Image credit: AP/LG Patterson more

Dec 3, 2014 6:19 PM Dispatches 4 Comments

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