Dave Zirin

Takeaway sports contributor and author of "A People's History of Sports in the United States"

Dave Zirin appears in the following:

Incidents at Fenway Expose Boston Sports Racism

Monday, May 15, 2017

What’s Major League Baseball’s responsibility when it comes to fan behavior?


ESPN Layoffs Reflect Sea Change For Sports Coverage

Friday, April 28, 2017

Earlier this week, ESPN laid off around 100 journalists and on-air personalities in response to declining subscriptions and larger changes in sports journalism.


Should NCAA Student-Athletes Strike During the Final Four?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sports editor Dave Zirin argues that the NCAA is exploiting student-athletes, and that players should strike during the Final Four in order to change how they're treated.


Colin Kaepernick Reverses on National Anthem Protests

Monday, March 13, 2017

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is facing criticism again for what he'll do during the national anthem — but this time, it's for saying he'll stand. 

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Understanding The NBA's Current Political Moment

Monday, February 27, 2017

Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine and host of "The Edge of Sports" podcast, explains why many NBA players and teams are revolting against President Donald Trump.


NFL Players Withdraw From Israel Trip

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Israeli government was planning to told a tour of Israel for 11 former and current NFL players, but four players so far have announced they are not going.

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2016 in Sports: Moments of Triumph and Social Justice

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A recap of the year in sports and social justice issues, from Colin Kaepernick protests, to the Olympics in Brazil, to the death of Muhammad Ali.

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College Football Players Lose Bid to Unionize

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

In a major setback for college athletics on Monday, the National Labor Relations Board overturned a 2014 ruling that gave Northwestern University football players the right to unionize.

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Remembering ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott

Monday, January 05, 2015

Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation, says his admiration of ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott was both personal and professional. Scott died of cancer on Sunday at age 49.

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Like A Smitten Teenager, In Love With The Beautiful Game

Friday, June 06, 2014

The World Cup begins next week in Brazil. Before it gets going, check out the work of an author who has spent decades writing about Latin America, and who has a particular affinity for soccer.


How the World Cup is Transforming Brazil

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dave Zirin's new book "Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy" examines how the World Cup has transformed Rio de Janiero.  

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Notre Dame Football Player Reportedly a Victim of an Elaborate Hoax

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o said during the football season that he was dealing with the death of his grandmother and the death of his girlfriend, but according to reporters...

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More Drug Tests for Major League Baseball

Friday, January 11, 2013

This week, the Baseball Writers of America decided that in 2013, no players would be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Potential inductees included players hailing from the infamo...


No New MLB Hall of Famers

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson announced yesterday that no players would be inducted in 2013. Notable omissions include Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds, who were included o...

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Penalties for Penn State

Monday, July 23, 2012

Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation and host of "Edge of Sports Radio" on Sirius XM, explains the NCAA penalties against the Penn State football program and what it could mean for the future of the school. 

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Pushing Injury, Pain and Violence to the Limit in American Sports

Thursday, October 21, 2010

By this point, everyone's seen the headlines. It seems like a huge number of football players are getting seriously injured this season. People are asking whether the game has become more violent than ever.


'Los Suns' Take the Court in Protest

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Instead of their usual jerseys, the Phoenix Suns wore shirts with "Los Suns" inscribed across the chest as they played the Spurs last night. This change in wardrobe was explicitly meant as a nod in support of Arizona's Latino population, and a protest to Arizona's new immigration law, signed by Governor Jan Brewer last week.

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Predictions on Baseball's Opening Day

Monday, April 05, 2010

Today is opening day in baseball and the season has already begun with a Yankees loss to the Red Sox last night. Nation sports editor Dave Zirin previews the season. He says the stats are all pointing to a predictable "chalk year," but, he doubts it will be. We get Dave's take on the baseball year ahead and why he has high hopes for the Atlanta Braves.


Takeouts: Oil Prices, NFL and Antitrust, Listeners on Decades

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Business Takeout: Louise Story, finance reporter for The New York Times, looks at a sudden rise in the price of oil. NFL Takeout: Sports writer Dave Zirin talks about the upcoming ...


Baseball Hall of Fame Inducation at Cooperstown

Friday, July 24, 2009

This weekend, Cooperstown holds its induction ceremony for the Baseball Hall of Fame—days after White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tak...