Dave Zirin

  • Telling the NFL: "No more"

    It took CBS sports anchor James Brown to finally explain why the NFL better start taking domestic violence seriously.

  • The re-victimization of Janay Rice

    Among the questions asked after the release of a video showing Ray Rice committing assault, one was glaringly missing.

  • You can't unsee it

    A group of high-profile broadcasters and reporters say they will refuse to use the name of the Washington football team.

  • The real distraction in the NFL

    It seems like a lot of NFL executives are so fearful that they're unwilling to improve their teams by signing Michael Sam.

  • Native voices won't be bullied

    It's no surprise when Sarah Palin agrees with football owner Dan Snyder that a racial slur should be an NFL brand.

  • Confronting the facts about Ferguson

    Sports fans cheering the Little League World Series champions should think about the sports hero they're named after.

  • Racism killed Mike Brown

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's essay on Ferguson focused powerfully on the issue of class inequality--but he left something out.

  • An NBA breakthrough

    Becky Hammon will become the first full-time female assistant coach in any major professional men's sport in the U.S.

  • At least my hospital isn't being bombed

    No part of Israel's merciless war on Gaza is more unconscionable than its targeting of Palestinian hospitals.

  • The NFL's violence against women problem

    With its non-punishment of Ray Rice, the NFL is sending a message that the worth of women is at best negligible.

  • Lives stolen as they played on a beach

    The four Bakr children were killed in an Israeli strike on one of the precious few places in Gaza a child can roam freely.

  • The World Cup crackdown

    The World Cup story the U.S. media won't tell is about an angry population terrorized into compliance by the Brazilian government.

  • Exporting Gaza to the favelas

    Who is supplying Brazil with the high-tech weapons used for World Cup security? The answer can be found in Haifa, Israel.

  • Struggling to be seen

    Challenges to the sports-powers-that-be from Brazil to Washington, D.C., have shown the determination of indigenous peoples.

  • Who's using the World Cup?

    The obscene costs, corruption, displacement and militarization of the World Cup is doing all the work of "riling people up."

  • A historic goal for Palestine

    After 86 years of frustration, the Palestinian national soccer team is taking the hopes of its people to the international stage.

  • Pelé said what?

    The fact that the legend felt compelled to speak out about Brazil's carnival of injustice shows how deep the crisis runs.

  • Shining a light on soccer's invisible dictators

    Protests, strikes and direct actions have been erupting across Brazil as the 2014 FIFA World Cup approaches.

  • The wolf of Crenshaw

    As far as his fellow owners are concerned, Donald Sterling's sin is he couldn't contain his bigotry to acceptable targets.

  • Working from the same playbook

    The real fear that beats in the hearts of pro sports team owners is they, too, may be judged by their "pattern of behavior."

  • Rewriting the history of sports

    Those in power in the sports world can't be allowed to pat themselves on the back while running business as usual.

  • The strike threat heard 'round the NBA

    The threat of a player walk-off during a playoff game spurred the league to take immediate action against Donald Sterling.

  • A racist and his enablers

    NBA officials may condemn Donald Sterling's racist rant, but they need to account for their years of enabling this man.

  • How do we remember the past?

    Every politician with a pulse is exploiting their particular version of what the Boston Marathon bombing "means."

  • Winner of a different kind of Hunger Games

    Let's look at what the championship UConn men's basketball program tells us about so-called amateur student athletics.