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.
Author, Bad Sports
March 7th, 2011
Say it Loud on Opening Day: Baseball Must Move the All-Star Game from Arizona
First run at thenation.com At the risk of profound understatement, it’s been a difficult 2011 in the state of Arizona. Jared Loughner’s shooting spree that grievously injured Representative Gabrielle Giffords and killed six, including 9-year old Christina Green, was a national horror. The killings also focused global attention on Arizona’s ...
Author, Bad Sports
February 28th, 2011
Kazemi and Abdul-Qaadir: Recognizing the Courage of Muslim Athletes
In one of the most astounding polls I’ve ever seen, Gallup reported earlier this month that 69% of Americans were “following the events in Egypt closely,” and 83% of them “sympathized with the protesters.” When you consider the kind of rampant Islamaphobia that’s infected the body politic of this country ...