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."

February is Black History Month; 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of 1968, a sacred year for activist athletes. Tyus was a star on the Olympic world stage, a time when women weren’t supposed to be athletes, and black people were treated second class. more

Jan 31, 2018 9:38 PM Magazine


Keith Allison

Like a clear note breaking through the cacophony, the message has broken through. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Magazine



The belief was that with Colin Kaepernick flagrantly blackballed by the league for his political views, other players would get the message to just “shut up and play.” The truth has turned out to be far different. more

Oct 2, 2017 2:49 PM Magazine

Berkman, crusader against “tolerance,” is a right-wing evangelical Christian. What’s gob smacking, is that the St. Louis Cardinals organization is giving him a platform to spew his rhetoric on its “Christian Day." more

Jul 21, 2017 6:00 PM Magazine

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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Bryan Horowitz

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