Dave Zirin

  • Colin Kaepernick's right to not vote

    The 49ers quarterback and symbol of the resistance to racism is facing a backlash for refusing to vote, but he was hardly alone.

  • Their goal is for equal pay

    The men "get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships," say U.S. women's national soccer players.

  • The NFL didn't give a damn about Kevin Turner

    Kevin Turner's willingness to take on the NFL was one of the more courageous acts we've seen in the world of sports.

  • The NBA's chance to lead the way

    The NBA should respond to the passage of a bigoted law in North Carolina by pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

  • Muhammad Ali and the Black Panthers

    A new documentary on the Black Panthers shows, among other things, how the famous boxer helped inspire a revolutionary group.

  • Super Bowl City meets Tent City

    The city that hosted the Super Bowl is in the midst of a stunning real estate boom—while the number of homeless jumps to new highs.

  • Brazil in peril

    The roots of the Zika virus outbreak lie in the priorities that brought the World Cup and Olympics to Brazil in quick succession.

  • Who killed Lawrence Phillips?

    A former first-round NFL draft pick took his own life in a prison cell. But there is far more to this story than that.

  • Armed in the stands?

    Using Paris as a pretext, the police are demanding to be armed on NFL Sunday--which will make all of us less safe.

  • The anti-racist uprising at Mizzou

    TheNation.com's sportswriter explains the backdrop to the dramatic advance for anti-racism at the University of Missouri.

  • In defense of Katina Powell

    The NCAA system is an ugly greed-pit where adults use teenagers and monetize the college experience for financial gain.

  • Thabo Sefolosha chose to fight back

    NBA player Thabo Sefolosha was cleared of the criminal charges brought against him after the NYPD broke his leg.

  • This is the smart Bush?

    Jeb Bush's ignorant, incoherent comments about the Washington football team's name proved a cherished hope of the right wrong.

  • The ugly fanboy brigade defending Kane

    When a rape case turns into a circus, it only benefits those who want to keep women silent in the face of sexual violence.

  • A craven new world

    From an economic perspective, sports is now a true neoliberal fantasyland--and a completely social-justice-free zone.

  • Hurricane Katrina and the political athlete

    When the levees of New Orleans broke, the crushing conformity surrounding the political lives of athletes broke with them.

  • Intro to NLRB union-busting

    The NLRB decision to deny Northwestern football players the right to organize was as cockamamie as it was craven.

  • How Mike Brown changed sports

    The sports world was changed by the uprising in Ferguson, and athletes, in turn, changed the Black Lives Matter movement.

  • Boston boots 2024 Olympics

    Boston activists succeeded in beating back the most powerful plutocrats in town when the city pulled its bid to host the Games.

  • Serena is "The Greatest"

    Serena Williams is a compelling heir to the legacy of Muhammad Ali--in terms of athletic prowess and the courage to speak out.

  • Judged to be a racist name

    The offensive logo of the Washington football team was dealt a devastating blow in a ruling by a federal judge.

  • The verdict on "women's sports" is in already!

    While I was being asked why "no one cares," the Women's World Cup was getting ratings that would make the NBA weep with joy.

  • The symbol of hate they still sell

    If the Confederate flag is too toxic to sell, how can Walmart peddle the merchandise of the Washington football team?

  • Two roads to the NBA Finals

    The two coaches in the NBA Finals have deep--and deeply disparate--connections to the politics of the Middle East.

  • A new hero in the sports world

    The Caitlyn Jenner story is one of triumph pulled from the edge of tragedy--and the hope is it will be felt in the sports world.