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Dave Zirin

Football in America -- How We (Don't) Talk About Race

Rick Ayers | Posted 10.22.2014 | Sports
Rick Ayers

Yes, blame the NFL. Yes, blame us all. But I think the moment calls for us to consider some more fundamental cultural framing of sports. What I particularly want to focus on is how I think many white people in the US regard African American men in sport.

The World Cup Spilleth Over: As the Soccer Games End, Political Ones Begin

Danny Schechter | Posted 09.09.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

Forget the impressive ideals of global harmony. Ratings and revenues are the driver with minimum attention paid to celebrating diverse cultures or teaching the world about the world. No wonder there is so much unreported corruption on all sides. The World Cup does not belong to the world.

25 Questions About Michael Sam, the NFL and Homophobia

Etan Thomas | Posted 07.16.2014 | Sports
Etan Thomas

Is there a high level of disgust, criticism, hate, or anger that has been produced by Michael Sam being picked as the first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL?

Pro Football's Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

When players are no longer insured by the league and find themselves unable to afford private insurance for their enduring afflictions, taxpayers -- all of us -- will be the ones to pay, through Medicaid and Social Security disability.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game -- But Pay Me a Living Wage

Michael Winship | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

I know of some baseball employees who can relate to that kind of bargain basement salary, and they're in San Francisco, too. Their situation is yet another flagrant example of the vast and widening gap created by income inequality in America.

MSNBC Guest Asks: Why Isn't Bush On Trial For War Crimes?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 04.29.2013 | Media

Is former President George W. Bush a war criminal? That was the question posed by MSNBC guest Dave Zirin during an episode of "Melissa Harris-Perry...

Boston Marathon: A Runner Remembers

Sandip Roy | Posted 06.16.2013 | Sports
Sandip Roy

Leave aside the iconic nature of the Boston Marathon, that it happens on a state holiday known as Patriots Day and is thus imbued with a sense of American-ness. There is just something "particularly devastating" about an attack on a marathon.

Intense Argument Breaks Out On ESPN Over Hank Williams Jr.

Posted 12.08.2011 | Sports

The firing of country music singer Hank Williams Jr. by ESPN after he controversially compared President Obama to Hitler on Fox News has sparked a nat...

"Like We Were Dogs": The Story of Ryan Moats

Dave Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dave Zirin

NFL player Ryan Moats experienced one of the uglier cases of driving while black -- his money and fame couldn't insulate him. A police dashboard video camera, however, shedded light on a practice all too common.