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Dave Zirin

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Dave Zirin, is an American political sportswriter He is the sports editor for The Nation, a weekly progressive magazine dedicated to politics and culture, and writes a blog named Edge of Sports: the weekly sports column by Dave Zirin1 As of January 2017, he has authored nine books


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Controversies
    • 21 Call for boycott of Arizona
    • 22 Support of boycotts of Israel
    • 23 Criticism of Hank Williams, Jr
    • 24 Defense of Barry Bonds
  • 3 Bibliography
    • 31 Movies in DVD format
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Zirin is the host of the Edge of Sports Podcast, hosted by the Slate/Panoply network He also co-hosts "The Collision: Where Sports and Politics Collide on Pacifica Radio" with former NBA player Etan Thomas Zirin is a contributor to The Nation, and has been a columnist for SLAM Magazine, and The Progressive He has been a guest on ESPN's Outside The Lines and Democracy Now!23

His first book, What’s My Name, Fool Sports and Resistance in the United States Haymarket Books has entered its third printing24

Zirin has published Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports, and A People’s History of Sports in the United States, a sports-related volume in the manner of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States series for The New Press25 In addition to “What’s My Name, Fool”, he has also published “The Muhammad Ali Handbook” for MQ Publications6 Zirin is also the published children’s book author of “My Name is Erica Montoya de la Cruz” RC Owen7 "A People's History of Sports" forms the basis of a documentary co-written and narrated by Zirin called Not Just A Game: Power, Politics and American Sports, produced by the Media Education Foundation8

Zirin is the co-author with John Carlos of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World Haymarket Books, 20118

He writes a blog named Edge of Sports: the weekly sports column by Dave Zirin1


Zirin has repeatedly called for sports boycotts of certain teams, states, or nations for political reasons

Call for boycott of Arizonaedit

On April 27, 2010, writing for The Guardian, Zirin called for a boycott against sports teams from Arizona, in particular the Diamondbacks, to protest the Arizona SB 1070, the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act910unreliable source He expressed support during the 2010 NBA Playoffs for the Phoenix Suns, who went by "Los Suns" as a statement against the Arizona immigration law11

Support of boycotts of Israeledit

On June 2, 2010, writing for The Nation, Zirin justified the decision of the Turkish U-19 soccer team to boycott a match against Israel He described the Gaza flotilla raid as an act of state terror committed by the Israeli government and proposed a boycott of Israel12 Others countered that the Turkish state, aware that a confrontation would occur, played a prominent role in supporting the flotilla, and thus could be held responsible13

Criticism of Hank Williams, Jredit

On October 6, 2011, during a live interview conducted on the sports cable television network, ESPN, Zirin referred to Hank Williams, Jr as racist and proslavery after Williams, the writer and singer of ESPN's then-Monday Night Football theme song, made a political statement in which he seemingly compared multiracial US President Barack Obama to former German national socialist leader, Adolf Hitler14

Defense of Barry Bondsedit

Zirin maintains the opinion that the aggressive hatred toward Barry Bonds is in large degree due to racism In 2004 Zirin wrote “The greatest case for reasonable doubt lies in Bonds' very late career success His unparalleled middle-aged majesty screams his innocence”15 However, in an undated interview, Zirin claims “I never wrote that I "believe Bonds has never done steroids"” He continues: “unlike oh so many others, the man never actually failed a steroids test Is there a ton of circumstantial evidence that the man juiced Absolutely But he is still the best player I've ever seen The best player of what will go down as the anabolic era”16unreliable source Zirin claims that, rather than steroid use, “much of the reaction to Bonds is simply bad old-fashioned racism”17

Some of his articles and interviews defending Bonds include:

  • Reasonable Doubt: Why Barry Bonds is Not on Steroids, March 27/28, 2004
  • The Juice and the Noose November/December 2006
  • The Unforgiven: Jack Johnson and Barry Bonds, Edge of Sports June 19, 2007
  • Barry Bonds: Steroids, Scapegoats and Sweet Satisfaction, Edge of Sports August 9, 2007
  • Indicted!: Barry Bonds Busted by a Broken System, Edge of Sports November 15, 2007
  • Bosses’ Boycott: The Bonds Vanishes, Edge of Sports May 12, 2008
  • No Softballs: Dave Zirin undated interview


  • What's My Name, Fool Sports and Resistance in the United States, Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2005 | ISBN 978-1-931859-20-2
  • Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports, Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2007 | ISBN 978-1-931859-41-7
  • Muhammad Ali Handbook, Chicago: MB Press, 2007 | ISBN 978-1-84601-155-9
  • A People's History of Sports In The United States", The New Press, 2008 | ISBN 978-1-59558-100-6
  • Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love, New York: Scribner Books, 2010 | ISBN 978-1-4165-5475-2
  • The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2011 | ISBN 978-1-60846-127-1
  • Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down, The New Press 2013 | ISBN 978-1-59558-815-9
  • Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy, Haymarket Books 2014 ISBN 9781608463602

Movies in DVD formatedit

  • Not Just a Game – Power, Politics & American Sports, Media Education Foundation, 62-minutes, 2011 | ISBN 978-1-932869-50-7
  • Race, Power & American Sports, Featuring Dave Zirin, Media Education Foundation, 45-minutes, 2013 | ISBN 978-1-932869-76-7


  1. ^ a b Dave Zirin 2012-09-20 "Edge of Sports: the weekly sports column by Dave Zirin" Edge of Sports Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  2. ^ a b c "Author Bios: Dave Zirin" The Nation Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  3. ^ Dave Zirin 2012-09-20 "Dave Zirin" Edge of Sports Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  4. ^ Dave Zirin "Edge of Sports -> Bio" Retrieved June 26, 2008 
  5. ^ Altman, Alex 2008-09-22 "A People's History of Sports" Contenttimecom Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  6. ^ Dave Zirin 2012-09-20 "The Books" Edge of Sports Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  7. ^ David Zirin "My Name Is Erica Montoya de la Cruz" Barnes & Noble Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  8. ^ a b Dave Zirin 2012-09-20 "Edge of Sports" Edge of Sports Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  9. ^ Dave Zirin April 27, 2010 "Arizona: Boycott the Diamondbacks" London: Guardian Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  10. ^ Kwan July 27, 2010 "Here Comes Los Suns: Dave Zirin on Sports and Resistance" Making Contact National Radio Project 
  11. ^ Dave Zirin 2010-05-06 "Dave Zirin: Los Suns Also Rise: Phoenix Suns Win in More Ways Than One" Huffingtonpostcom Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  12. ^ Dave Zirin 2010-06-02 "Are Teams Right to Refuse to Play Israel" Thenationcom Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  13. ^ Semih İdiz "Islamists in disarray after Israeli apology" Hurriyetdailynewscom Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  14. ^ "ESPN, Hank Williams Jr part ways" Espngocom 2011-10-06 Retrieved 2014-04-08 
  15. ^ Dave Zirin March 27, 2004 "Reasonable Doubt: Why Barry Bonds is Not on Steroids" Retrieved June 26, 2008 
  16. ^ Dan Lewis "No Softballs: Dave Zirin" Retrieved June 26, 2008 
  17. ^ Dave Zirin "THE UNFORGIVEN: Jack Johnson and Barry Bonds" Edge of Sports Retrieved June 26, 2008 

External linksedit

  • The Edge of Sports
  • Appearances on C-SPAN

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