Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin is the author of Welcome to the Terrordome: the Pain Politics and Promise of Sports (Haymarket) and the newly published A People's History of Sports in the United States (The New Press). and his writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated.com, New York Newsday and The Progressive. He is the host of XM Radio's Edge of Sports Radio. Contact him at edgeofsports@gmail.com

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in 2001 in St. Joseph, Mich (AP Photo/Barb Allison) Views
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 3:30pm
On the Death and Life’s Work of the Unconquerable Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter
“They can incarcerate my body but never my mind” —Rubin “Hurricane” Carter For a man who spent nearly four decades of his seventy-six years under the restrictive eye of the US correctional system, few have ever touched as many lives as Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. The world-class boxer turned...
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Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) celebrates after winning the NCAA college basketball championship on April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Views
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:45am
The UConn Huskies Win ‘NCAA Hunger Games Bingo’
Congratulations to the University of Connecticut men’s basketball program, which won its fourth championship in the last sixteen years all while holding up a mirror to the most corrupt, amoral entity in American sports, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). UConn just absolutely...
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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:46am
Brazil's World Cup Gentrification Through the Barrel of a Gun
In traveling to Brazil to write a book about Brazil and the 2014 World Cup , I learned one thing if nothing else: a favela is not a slum. That is why the weekend’s Associated Press breaking news about major military incursions into the Rio favelas set off a carnival of alarm bells.
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Monday, March 24, 2014 - 3:12pm
It’s the Racism, Stupid: Meet the Press’s Epic NCAA Fail
I will say this for the much-maligned David Gregory era of Meet the Press: the weekly program, with the tenacity of a twitter-troll, remains pugnaciously beltway-centric in its perspective.
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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 11:09am
Sochi Games Are Apt Venue for Athlete Activism
The United States has a long, inglorious tradition of attacking political athletes who push for progressive social change in their prime, only to praise them decades later. Recently U.S.
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Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 10:14am
Is it Getting Better? Chris Kluwe, Aaron Rodgers and LGBT Rights in Sports
In terms of football stature, it is difficult to imagine two more different players than former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Green Bay Packers All-World quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 7:26am
'New Jim Crow' Placards Seized by Police & More From the March on Washington
I spent eight hours today amongst thousands at the March on Washington, and the people present were some of the most remarkable, resilient people I have ever had the privilege to be around.
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Monday, June 24, 2013 - 11:46am
Brazil: Yes, Blame the Damn World Cup
Sepp Blatter, the all-powerful don of FIFA; Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil; and Pelé, the legendary soccer star; are three extremely different people.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 12:13pm
Mass World Cup Protests Rock Brazil
I traveled to Brazil last September to investigate the preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. It was painfully evident that the social disruption of hosting two mega-events in rapid succession would be profound.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 1:44pm
Rahm Emanuel’s Zombie Pigs vs. Chicago’s Angry Birds
My kids are into Angry Birds, a game they love for the same reason I once obsessively played Super Mario Brothers: its appeal is incomprehensible to the adults around them.
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