Stories by Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin, The Nation’s sports correspondent, is the author, most recently, of "Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down." Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on MSNBC, ESPN and Democracy Now! He also hosts his own weekly Sirius XM show, Edge of Sports Radio. You can find all his work at subscribe to Dave Zirin's feed

Posted on: Dec 2, 2014, Source: The Nation

In the story of Ray Rice and Janay Rice, we have seen Roger Goodell play the role of both “abuser” and “savior,” to ruinous effects.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2014, Source: The Nation

The L.A. Clippers owner's bigtory has long been known. Why have the other owners put up with it?

Posted on: Apr 8, 2014, Source: The Nation

When 'be a man' goes horribly wrong.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2014, Source: The Nation

But LGBT groups are fighting back.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2012, Source: The Nation

After 7 months, 400 interviews and the review of more than 3.5 million documents, Louis Freeh has completed his report on the dark underside of Penn State University.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2010, Source:

As players fall to concussions at an alarming rate, the question has to be asked: when will fans say enough?

Posted on: Aug 18, 2010, Source: The Nation

Banned in DC: Demonstrators arrested at publicly funded billion-dollar ballpark for exercising free speech.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2010, Source:

The World Cup has been a neoliberal Trojan Horse, enacting a series of policies that South Africans would never have accepted if not wrapped in the honor of hosting it.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2010, Source:

Hitchens has unleashed torrents of hatred on the Olympics for 'breeding hatred' -- when the truth is that they let off steam.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2010, Source:

Four years ago, it seemed Katrina had destroyed the Big Easy. The New Orleans Saints are now the Super Bowl Champs and the city is feeling fearless.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Don't miss Howard Zinn's 'Voices of a People's History' debut on the History Channel on December 13th.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2009, Source: The Nation

South African runner Caster Semenya shouldn't be the one humiliated by "gender testing"-- it's the outdated views of athletic officials that are embarrassing.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2009, Source: The Nation

The wreckage of the DC train crash is not an accident site. It's a crime scene. When we spend more on sports stadiums than infrastructure, people die.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2008, Source: The Nation

Why ponder the economic meltdown and two wars when millionaire black athletes like Plaxico Burress walk among us ... with guns?

Posted on: Aug 1, 2008, Source: The Nation

The U.S. is ready for the Olympic Games to be a major boon for capitalism, but political protest could end up being the real story.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2008, Source: The Nation

A suit against NASCAR for sexual and racial misconduct may be the best thing that's ever happened to the sport.

Posted on: May 26, 2008, Source: The Nation

For all his cultural capital, Woods has refused to take stands on issues that should hit close to home

Posted on: Mar 21, 2008, Source: The Nation

China joins a long, proud tradition of countries carrying out brutal political crackdowns in honor of the Olympics.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2008, Source: The Nation

Roger Clemens's face-off with Congress has moved the guardians of our democracy beyond absurdity.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Dealing with steroids accusations, Roger Clemens got a taste of the flammable hypocrisy that burns athletes when their careers cross with drugs.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2007, Source: AlterNet

MLB honchos not knowing about steroid use is like Bush not "reading" the National Intelligence Estimate while saber-rattling against Iran.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2007, Source: CounterPunch

As the media hovers over the legal woes of Barry Bonds, where's the talk about Bush's new attorney general, who is potentially as dangerous as the last?

Posted on: Oct 24, 2007, Source:

Last year the Rockies publicly stated they wanted Christian players, raising the question: Does religion need to be in sports?

Posted on: Aug 13, 2007, Source:

Instead of sparking a serious discussion on sports, steroids, celebrity and race, the media's anti-Bonds avalanche has done baseball a grave disservice.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2006, Source:

USA Basketball's motivational tactics for the 2006 world championship includes encouraging players to spend time with wounded Iraq veterans, but the motives behind it may have more to do with GOP propaganda than teamwork.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Behind the stunning ejection of France's star player during overtime in the World Cup finals are allegations of racism on the part of an Italian player.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2006, Source:

The Colorado Rockies recruit Christian players and claim God is at work on their game. Something's gone rotten on the diamond.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The first four Pentagon investigations into former NFL star Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan didn't tell his grieving parents much. Maybe the fifth one will.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2006, Source:

Too bad NBC has botched the Winter Olympics, because there's been enough drama to satisfy even a nation of reality TV junkies.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Seahawks vs. Steelers in Detroit will display football's best teams and America's worst social malaise: the glaring disparity in wealth.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2006, Source: AlterNet

It's time for the National Football League to take the 'whites-only' sign off the clubhouse door and hire more African-American coaches.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Instead of honoring the diversity that has changed baseball forever, Bush played vendetta politics with Cuba's national baseball team.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2005, Source: AlterNet

This is Schwarzenegger's 'mission accomplished' moment for his right wing, pro-death base; but his 'mission' will fail.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2005, Source:

The New York Mets' squelching of their first baseman's outspoken war dissent shows just how the rules of the game have changed on political dissent.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2005, Source:

When George W. Bush recently welcomed Muhammad Ali to the White House, the ailing Champ had one last rope-a-dope up his sleeve.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens might be a brat loudmouth with zero team spirit, but his year-long suspension keeps him hostage from his fans.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Boxers like Jack Johnson and Joe Louis used the only unsegregated sport at the turn of the century to smash pseudo-scientific beliefs about race and athleticism.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2005, Source: The Nation

NBA star Etan Thomas is using his exalted athletic platform to call out the murderous negligence of the Bush Administration and the country's painful racial divide.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Governmental hypocrisy is personified painfully in the monument to corporate greed that has rapidly become the earth's most damnable homeless shelter: the Louisiana Superdome.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

How has Raphael Palmeiro's positive steroids test opened the door to yet another possible Bush scandal?