About Dave Zirin

Named one of 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. Winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism's 2011 'Excellence in Sports Journalism' Award, 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.

How Jock Culture Supports Rape Culture, From Maryville to Steubenville

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Dave Zirin: Jock culture left to its own devices is rape culture. If you are a coach or parent not trying to intervene in this culture to teach young men to not rape, then you are doing everyone a grave disservice.

Banning Russia from Olympics: A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea

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Dave Zirin: If the only countries allowed in the Olympics had sparkling records on human rights, we’d be watching polar bears race penguins on an ice drift in Antarctica.

Why So Many Dominican Baseball Players Suspended?

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Dave Zirin: Any serious discussion about performance enhancing drugs and baseball needs to deal with the fact of who is getting caught.

A-Rod Hammered At Last

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Dave Zirin: Alex Rodriguez is the weakest link and that’s exactly why he’d get Marvin Miller’s most fierce support. The union, in that tradition, should grit their teeth and stand with A-Rod.

Look Out Fans! NFL Players Gonna Get Your Mama!

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Dave Zirin: Maybe what’s happening to NFL players is best understood as collateral damage of a US society addicted to arrests and a player’s culture where they expect privileges that no longer exist.

The Christie Implosion: Why Rutgers Is Trapped in Scandal

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Dave Zirin: This is Scandal Management 101, otherwise known as the law of opposites. If your last leader was an amoral cad who resigned in disgrace and also happened to be bald, you hire someone with integrity, ethics and, by all means, hair.

Rep. Steve King: “Why Won’t Obama Call Tim Tebow?”

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Dave Zirin: Tim Tebow is a neon distraction in a league that prefers the equivalent of men in gray flannel suits. If Tom Brady is the Don Draper of quarterbacks, then Tim Tebow is Megan Draper, flashing some skin and singing French pop songs, equal parts transfixing and excruciating.

Why Youth Sports Suck

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Dave Zirin: Profiteering and childhood, whether we are talking about youth sports or charter schools, are a toxic mix. It’s creepy enough that the representatives of big business are oozing around the playground and judging youth sports as an underdeveloped “opportunity.”

Did Shaquille O’Neal Just Box Out Mumia?

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Dave Zirin: Why did Newark’s only movie theater, co-owned by Shaquille O’Neal, just pull a scheduled showing of a documentary about Mumia Abu-Jamal? No one is talking, but this is a story that stinks worse than the Jersey swamps.

Pro Sports Can Help End Rape

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Dave Zirin: Sports bears a very specific responsibility to take this struggle on. No other institution reaches more men and no other institution plays a greater role in teaching boys how to define their own manhood and masculinity.

Oscar Pistorius and the Global System of Deadly Misogyny

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Dave Zirin: Short of a billion of us rising, happy and safe homes will not be a reality for the women of the world. It should be. We have to act now unless we want to keep telling the stories of Kasandra Perkins, Anene Booysen and Reeva Steenkamp over and over again, only with different names.

The NFL: Where Dr. King’s “Dream” Goes to Die

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Dave Zirin: It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the tributes to Dr. King by the NFL don’t include the time when he said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”

Roger Goodell: The Wayne LaPierre of the Sports World

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Dave Zirin: Like LaPierre, Goodell enforces a disciplined message that presents his harmful industry as American as apple pie in the name of profit.

How Can They Play? Murder, Suicide and the National Football League

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Dave Zirin: On the highest possible cultural platform, the NFL told the world that the death of a 22-year-old woman, the suicide of a player and the mental state of his teammates is secondary to the schedule.

Rest in Power, Marvin Miller

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Dave Zirin: Mr. Miller never played the game, but he may have had more influence on baseball than anyone else in this half of the century.

Condi’s Augusta National Membership Nothing to Celebrate

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Dave Zirin: I’m sure it’s tempting to look at today as an advance for women in sports. But it’s very difficult think that today’s national celebration of a multi-billionaire and a war criminal has anything to do with women’s liberation.

After the London Olympics: “The Gloves Come Off”

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Dave Zirin: The gloves will come off indeed. Let’s see if the workers, immigrants, and everyday people of the UK can take the punch and return in kind. If not, we’ll always have the Spice Girls.

Oscar Pistorius and ‘The Dignity of Risk’

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Dave Zirin: Particularly remarkable is that even though the IAAF set a tone that the track and field community should be suspicious and resentful of Pistorius, the other athletes saw his accomplishment as something to celebrate.

Danny Boyle’s Olympic Minstrel Show

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Dave Zirin: This is the Olympics as nothing less than a neoliberal Trojan horse. Seeing the queen sit in observance of pantomime protests and Cameron cheer the very NHS he aims to slash is actually quite perverse.

Against Abolishing Football at Penn State

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Dave Zirin: If the call was to abolish all of college football in the wake of the Penn State scandal and convert all athletic scholarships into academic ones, then let’s support this for the collective good.

The Shocking Truth About Joe Paterno, Penn State and Governor Tom Corbett

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Dave Zirin: I hope that Sandusky’s victims leave room in their deserved litigious appetites for Governor Corbett. We should all hope he has to answer for the banality of his own evil.

Serena Williams and Getting “Emotional” for Title IX

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Dave Zirin: When Serena had to field the “emotions” question on the highest possible stage, it was for me a window into why so many women and men celebrated the recent 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX.

Drew Brees, Union Power, and the Big Payback

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Dave Zirin: In recent years Drew has taken some strong positions against league management. He doesn’t have to do this, but he chooses to because he knows it’s the right thing to do, and because he’s a natural leader who all players look to and respect.

Sandusky’s Crimes & the Accountability of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett

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Dave Zirin: With Jerry Sandusky, brand protection for both the football program and a research university with a $1.8 billion endowment mattered more to those in power than acting aggressively.

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