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Blogger Profile: Dave Zirin

Named of the UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World", Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence.

Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM Radio's popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He has been called "the best sportswriter in the United States," by Robert Lipsyte.

Dave Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for SLAM Magazine, and the Progressive.

His latest book is Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love (Scribner). Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein called "Bad Sports", "an original and scathing look at how America works.”

Zirin is also the author of A People's History of Sports in the United States, part of Howard Zinn's People's History series for the New Press. A People's History of Sports forms the basis of a documentary co-written and narrated by Zirin called Not Just A Game: Power, Politics and American Sports, produced by the Media Education Foundation.

In addition he has written Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports (Haymarket Books), with a foreword by the immortal Chuck D. Sports Illustrated wrote that Terrordome is "a provocative, sometimes chilling, look at sports and society right now."

His first book "What's My Name, Fool?" Sports and Resistance in the United States (Haymarket Books) has entered its third printing and is available in stores and at haymarketbooks.org.

Zirin has brought his blend of sports and politics to multiple television programs including ESPN's Outside the Lines, MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, ESPN Classic, MSNBC's Morning Joe, CNN, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, Comcast Sports Network's Washington Post Live, C-SPAN's BookTV, and Democracy Now with Amy Goodman.

He has also been on numerous national radio programs including National Public Radio's Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered.

Zirin has debated FOX Sports president Ed Goren on college football's Bowl Championship Series for National Public Radio, Bridgestone Firestone President Dan Adomitis in the pages of the LA Times on whether his company should be the "official tire of the Super Bowl" while in court for using child labor in Liberia, and the issue of steroids in sports with Jose Canseco and John Rocker.

His writing has also appeared in Vibe Magazine, the LA Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, the The Pittsburgh Courier, The Source, and numerous other publications.

He loves the Mets, Jets, and Wizards.

Dave Zirin's Blogs

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Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

July 14th, 2013

"America Justice System is a Joke": athletes respond to Trayvon Martin verdict

In February 2012, the stalking and murder of Trayvon Martin affected pro athletes – particularly African American athletes - in a way that perhaps can be best described as intimate. Players like Carmelo Anthony saw the case far more clearly than George Zimmerman's prosecutor: it was a racist murder and ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

July 11th, 2013

The Slandering of NY Jet Oday Aboushi

A stunning tweet just came across the wires from Major League Baseball’s recently hired “new media coordinator” Jonathan Mael. It reads, “The @nyjets are a disgrace of an organization. The Patriots have Aaron Hernandez, the Jets have Oday Aboushi.” (Mael has since deleted his account, making him a rather ineffectual ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

April 15th, 2013

The Boston Marathon: All My Tears, All My Love

Crossposted from The Nation“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” – Kathrine Switzer The dead. The injured. The anguish. All the result of bombs that were set to explode at the finish line just over four hours after the start of the Boston ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

March 8th, 2013

Why Major League Baseball Owners Will Cheer the Death of Hugo Chavez

Crossposted from The NationThe death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will mean unseemly celebration on the right and unending debate on the left. Both reflect the towering legacy of Chavismo and how it challenged the global free market orthodoxy of the Washington consensus. Less discussed will be that the passing ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

January 17th, 2013

Crying for Manti Te'o

Crossposted from the Nation Two years ago, I called the Notre Dame football program a moral cesspool. Two weeks ago, I wrote a story about the horrible treatment of women who have accused members of the Notre Dame football team of sexual assault, harassment and rape. These strands knotted together ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

November 19th, 2012

Killing Hope: Why Israel Targets Sports in Gaza

Let's start with a fact. On November 16, the Israeli Air Force bombed the 10,000-seat Palestine Stadium "into ruins." The stadium also headquartered the center for youth sports programs throughout the Gaza Strip. This is the second time Israel has flattened the facility. The first was in 2006 and the ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

October 8th, 2012

The Smartest—or Dumbest—Tweet an Athlete Ever Sent

Crossposted from The NationMany allegedly great minds from professors to school presidents have devoted peals of pages to the multi-billion dollar industry otherwise known as NCAA athletics. Yet no one has quite put their finger on the contradictions, frustrations, and tragicomedy of being the labor in this industry - a ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

September 27th, 2012

It's Over: The NFL's Union Referees Return to Work in Style

The NFL referee lockout is over and we now have an answer to the question, "What does it take to pierce the shame-free cocoon of unreality where NFL owners reside?" All you need, it seems, is condemnation across the political spectrum ranging from the President of the United States to small-town mayors, to even ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

September 24th, 2012

NFL Scab Referees and the Return of TV Bloopers

Crossposted from The Nation As a child, my family owned just one lonely Zenith-brand television with no remote and no cable box. My fearsome big sister controlled the set under threat of violence and would subject me to the lowest form of entertainment: bloopers. Shows like TV’s Bloopers and Practical ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

June 12th, 2012

Why We Should All Root for the Miami Heat

Crossposted from The NationThe 2012 NBA finals presents more than a match-up of two young, exciting, athletic teams. They present a rooting litmus test. In one corner, we have the Miami Heat, a team scorned for being built around a hastily assembled group of free-agent all-stars Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

May 11th, 2012

What If Kobe Bryant Were an Imprisoned Palestinian Soccer Player?

Crossposted from The NationImagine if a member of Team USA Basketball—let’s say Kobe Bryant—had been traveling to an international tournament only to be seized by a foreign government and held in prison for three years without trial or even hearing the charges for which he was imprisoned. Imagine if Kobe ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

May 7th, 2012

Adam 'MCA' Yauch: Our Ambassador From Atlantis

Crossposted from The Nation“Born and bred Brooklyn U.S.A. They call me Adam Yauch but I’m M.C.A.” In the ’60s they said, “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” When it comes to remembering Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died on May 4, I don’t trust anyone under 30. Adam Yauch and the Beastie ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

May 1st, 2012

Want to Understand the 1992 LA Riots? Start with the 1984 LA Olympics

Crossposted from The NationIf you don’t light the fuse, the bomb won’t blow. But striking the match and lighting the fuse are only the final steps in a process of creating a deadly explosion. The match that set off the 1992 LA Riots was struck when a videotape showcasing five ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

April 17th, 2012

25 Years Since Al Campanis Shocked Baseball: What's Changed and What Hasn't

On April 6, 1987, all eyes in the world of sports were supposed to be on the fight to end all fights: Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. “Sugar” Ray Leonard. In this pre-internet era, ABC's award-winning news program Nightline with Ted Koppel was devoting its broadcast to that epic long-awaited encounter, ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

March 23rd, 2012

Jackie Robinson, Trayvon Martin and the Sad History of Sanford, Florida

Crossposted from the NationSanford, Florida is a city that will now be known for all times as the place where Trayvon Martin was killed for the crime of Living While Black. It was also the place whose institutions – the police department, the local press, and even the city morgue ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

February 5th, 2012

Why Protests Should Be a Part of Super Bowl Sunday

Crossposted from The NationThis Sunday, the greatest multitude in the history of the United States will be tuning into the same television show at the same time. The 2012 Super Bowl, to be played between two major media markets, the New England Patriots and New York Giants, kicks off at ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

November 7th, 2011

College Football's Logic: Why Joe Paterno and Penn State Would Shield a Child Molester

Crossposted from the NationAfter forty-six seasons coaching at Penn State University, coach Joe Paterno now faces a crisis that could burn the storied football program to the ground. And if recent charges are true, his legacy deserves to burn along with it. For those who haven’t heard, longtime assistant Jerry ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

July 12th, 2011

Why I'm Boycotting Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Arizona

Crossposted from The NationOver the last year, civil rights organizations, politicians, sportswriters and baseball players have asked Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to move Tuesday’s 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona. He chose not to listen and now I choose not to watch. If I lived within a day’s ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

June 7th, 2011

Tennis Anyone? What Li Na's Grand Slam Win Tells Us About China

Crossposted from The Nation's blogThe Women's Tennis Association could not be happier today. With her victory in the French Open on Saturday, Li Na became the first Chinese tennis player to win a major singles championship. Her historic triumph brings an unprecedented opportunity to market the sport to China’s perceived ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

May 31st, 2011

The NCAA and Jim Tressel: Giving Eric Cartman the Moral High Ground

Crossposted from The NationIt’s fitting that Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel resigned in disgrace on Memorial Day. This is, perhaps, the most misunderstood holiday on the books: a day used by politicians to celebrate war, which was first organized by freed slaves to honor Union soldiers buried in a ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

May 25th, 2011

Why Lance Armstrong Will Survive '60 Minutes' and the Feds

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is now facing the systematic disemboweling of his legacy as an athletic icon. As revealed Sunday on 60 Minutes—a show that usually doesn’t do sports features unless there’s a synergistic tie-in with CBS Sports—three of Armstrong’s teammates have testified to a federal grand ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

May 2nd, 2011

Sports, bin Laden, and the New Normal

Howard Cosell said that "rule number one of the sports jockocracy" was that sports and politics don't mix. And yet last night, at the ballpark in Philadelphia, we received another reminder that some political expression is deemed not just acceptable but glorious. When the killing of Osama bin Laden reached ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

April 12th, 2011

The Crackdown on Bahrain's Jocks for Justice

Al’a Hubail is a legend in the world of Bahraini soccer. In 2004, along with his brother Mohammed, he led the national team on a rollicking VCU-esque run into the Asian Cup semi-finals. Hubail then became the first Bahraini player to win the prestigious Golden Boot Award after scoring five ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

April 4th, 2011

This Year’s Final Four: Beyond “Cinderella vs. Sinners”

Before the media becomes too engorged on this Cinderella vs. Sinners narrative, it's worth noting that while superficially true. It's also fraudulent, moralistic hooey. The final horn hadn't even sounded on Sunday before our beloved sports blabbocracy thematically defined this year's NCAA hoops Final Four. It was to be the ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

March 16th, 2011

Slaves to the Game? Adrian Peterson and the “S” Word

Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back, “went there," and now there’s no going back. In a moment of supreme frustration with NFL owners and their lust for the lockout, Peterson said, “It's modern-day slavery, you know?"       For sportswriters inclined to cozy up to Commissioner Roger Goodell, Peterson’s words were ... continue reading

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