Stories by Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin, The Nation’s sports editor, is the author of eight books on the politics of sports, most recently, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy. subscribe to Dave Zirin's feed

Posted on: Dec 28, 2015, Source: The Nation

We deserve to know, and we are obligated to know, the cost of America’s love for football.

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South African runner Caster Semenya shouldn't be the one humiliated by "gender testing"-- it's the outdated views of athletic officials that are embarrassing.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