Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin


Dave Zirin, Press Action's 2005 and 2006 Sportswriter of the Year, has been called by Robert Lipsyte “the best young sportswriter in the United States." He writes about sports for the Nation Magazine, their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. He is also the host of XM satellite’s popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio, and his weekly column is featured on his website at www.edgeofsports.com.

Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for SLAM Magazine, the Progressive, sportsillustrated.com, and a regular op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times.

Zirin’s new book is "A People's History of Sports in the United States," part of Howard Zinn's People's History series for the New Press. As former Yankee and Ball Four author Jim Bouton said of this work, "Finally, the long-awaited prequel to all the sports books you've ever read. Put this first in the line of sports books on your shelf. It will help make sense of all the others

He is also the author of "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports" (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 second printing and is available in stores and at haymarketbooks.org.

Zirin has brought his blend of sports and politics to multiple television programs including ESPN's Outside the Lines, ESPN Classic, the BBC's Extratime, CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, C-SPAN's BookTV, and Democracy Now with Amy Goodman.

He has also been on numerous national radio programs including National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered; Air America’s On the Real' with Chuck D and Gia'na Garel; The Laura Flanders Show; Radio Nation with Marc Cooper; ESPN radio; Stars and Stripes Radio; WOL's The Joe Madison Show; Pacifica's Hard Knock Radio, and many others.

He is also the Thursday morning sports voice on WBAI's award winning "Wake Up Call."

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.

In addition he just signed to do a book with Scribner (Simon & Schuster.)

Zirin is the author of a children's book called "My Name is Erica Montoya de la Cruz" (RC Owen).

His writing has also appeared in New York Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, The Dallas/Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, the Houston Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle, CBSNEWS.com, The Pittsburgh Courier, The Source, and numerous other publications.

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  • Thomas Moreland posted 3039 days ago

    Thomas Moreland


  • John Lorge posted 3047 days ago

    John  Lorge

    Hey Dave, if you have a chance check this out: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/234201-2010-a-lebron-james-odyssey


  • Mykhal Glass posted 3135 days ago

    Mykhal  Glass

    check out my latest article,The NBA is really getting soft and its a shame


    let me know what you think thanks

  • Stephen Meyer posted 3137 days ago

    Stephen  Meyer

    Hey Dave,

    Ryan Zimmerman’s hit streak halted at 30 games last night. As one streak ends, another is admired. Read about how Joe DiMaggio forever redefined ’56,’ and how his feat may never be broken. It is a record that thankfully cannot be broken through steroid use, and represents all that was once right in a game that has since gone so wrong.


    Thanks in advance!

    -Stephen (Heartbeat of the Bronx)

  • Jersey Al Bracco posted 3140 days ago

    Jersey Al Bracco

    Have you read about the Brett Favre computer virus?


  • Stephen Meyer posted 3146 days ago

    Stephen  Meyer

    Hey Dave,

    Lou Gehrig has somehow been forgotten amongst the game’s immortals, even though he was possibly even more of a reason for the success of Ruth’s 1927 Yankees. Read about the quiet, forgotten leader of “Murderer’s Row,” Henry Lou Gehrig.


    Thanks in advance!

    -Stephen (Heartbeat of the Bronx)

  • John Lorge posted 3148 days ago

    John  Lorge

    My initial NBA Draft Big Board


  • Stephen Meyer posted 3149 days ago

    Stephen  Meyer

    Hey Dave,

    John Sterling is one of the most eccentric and passionate play-by-play announcers in all of sports. Here is a gaze into the heart, soul, and lungs of New York Yankees radio. I would love to hear your comments and feedback on a great, yet quirky man.


    Thanks in advance!

    -Stephen (Heartbeat of the Bronx)

  • Stephen Meyer posted 3158 days ago

    Stephen  Meyer

    Hey Dave,

    After 86 years in “The House that Ruth Built,” it still felt weird imagining the Yankees in a new building. In my third trip to the new Yankee Stadium, there were events that finally made it begin to feel like home.

    I would love to hear your comments and feedback. Thanks in advance!


    -Stephen (Heartbeat of the Bronx)

  • Hao Meng posted 3186 days ago

    Hao Meng

    Hey Dave,

    I think the best part of sports is the passion involved, so I wrote an opinionated piece on why I think a perfect athlete is capable of crying, both win or lose. I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think. If you’re too busy, no worries.


    Thanks, as always, for the support! It’s much appreciated ☺