Dave Zirin

  • Beyond the NFL drug raids

    The NFL has long acted like the sporting equivalent of Goldman Sachs--too big to fail. But those days may be over.

  • Calling their foul

    The new head of the NBA Players Association is challenging suggestions that pro basketball players are pampered.

  • Sports scandals in Black and white

    The announcement that a NASCAR star is being investigated for domestic abuse is getting a different response.

  • Change the damn name

    Some 5,000 people protested in Minnesota to demand that Washington's football team stop using a racial slur for its name.

  • Let Dutee run!

    By speaking out against pressure to conform to arbitrary gender distinctions, runner Dutee Chand is an inspiration.

  • Ferguson comes to the NFL

    Dozens of fans organized for a St. Louis Rams game to bring #FergusonOctober and police violence to a primetime audience.

  • Israel's war on Gaza is no game

    Activists protested a preseason game between the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and the Maccabi Tel Aviv team from Israel.

  • The NFL flip-flop-flippers

    Football executives have no credibility with players, little credibility with fans and diminishing credibility with sponsors.

  • 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.