Dave Zirin writes and speaks about the politics of sports. UTNE Reader named him one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World," and Press Action has twice named him Sportswriter of the Year. Robert Lipsyte says he is "the best sportswriter in the United States."
Zirin writes about sports for The Nation magazine and is host of XM satellite’s popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He is a columnist for SLAM magazine and The Progressive.
His latest book is the acclaimed Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down (The New Press) which Christine Brennan of USA Today called "the perfect book for our time in sports."
Zirin is also author of Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love (Scribner). Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein called Bad Sports, "an original and scathing look at how America works."
Zirin's A People's History of Sports in the United States, is part of Howard Zinn's People's History series for the New Press. This book is a rollicking, rebellious, myth-busting history of sports in America that puts politics in the ring with pop culture. The book 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 Foundation.
In addition, Zirin is the co-author of the NAACP Image Award nominated The John Carlos Story and author of Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports (Haymarket Books), with a foreword by the immortal Chuck D. Sports Illustrated wrote that Terrordome is "a provocative, sometimes chilling, look at sports and society right now."
His first book What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States (Haymarket Books) has entered its third printing.
Zirin has brought his blend of sports and politics to multiple television programs including ESPN's Outside the Lines, MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, ESPN Classic, MSNBC's Morning Joe, CNN, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, Comcast Sports Network's Washington Post Live, C-SPAN's BookTV, and Democracy Now with Amy Goodman.
He has also been on numerous national radio programs including National Public Radio's Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered.
Zirin has debated FOX Sports president Ed Goren on college football's Bowl Championship Series for National Public Radio, Bridgestone Firestone President Dan Adomitis in the pages of the LA Times on whether his company should be the "official tire of the Super Bowl" while in court for using child labor in Liberia, and the issue of steroids in sports with Jose Canseco and John Rocker.
His writing has also appeared in Vibe Magazine, the LA Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, the The Pittsburgh Courier, The Source, and numerous other publications.