Dave Zirin

  • The passing of three icons

    The deaths of three athletes from different sports and eras showed us how they were each trailblazers in their own ways.

  • Will soccer go on strike?

    A possible players' strike in response to greed of the Major League Soccer management could derail the new season.

  • Gentrification is the real scandal

    Little League Inc. is attempting to strip the players from Jackie Robinson West of not only their title but their dignity.

  • Serena returns to Indian Wells

    Serena Williams is changing tennis and choosing how to write its future, rather than being victimized by its past.

  • A message to Roger Goodell

    It's long past time for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign--in the interest of football players and the public.

  • Deflated footballs and Hitch the snitch

    Is the New England Patriots' ball maintenance a "weapon of mass distraction" or something worth giving a damn about?

  • Inside DeflateGate

    If you really want to disturb the moral compass of the NFL leadership hierarchy, deflate their balls.

  • Hey Boston, stop playing the Games

    I can't congratulate you on being the U.S. pick to bid for the 2024 Olympics, but I can invite you to start organizing against.

  • Covering up rape in Florida

    Florida State University has created a reality all its own, as rape accusations against a star quarterback get swept under the rug.

  • Why we need activist athletes

    Some of the most prominent voices speaking out about racism are those of athletes who can reach millions of people.

  • #BlackLivesMatter takes the field

    Athletes speaking out against police brutality has the effect of amplifying the impact of the struggle for dignity in the face of racism.

  • The commissioner of lying

    The NFL's Roger Goodell has been exposed for flipping from being a domestic violence enabler to a self-proclaimed savior.

  • 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.