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Dave Zirin, Press Action 's 2005 and 2006 Sportswriter of the Year, has been called "an icon in the world of progressive sports ". Robert Lipsyte says he is "the best young sportswriter in the United States. " 

Dave writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine, and is author of Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love

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Supreme Court rules in favor of football coach who prayed at games The Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protects a high school football coach's right to kneel and pray on the field after ..., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 27, 2022
A Football Coach's Prayer Is Not About Freedom. It's About Coercion. In a decision riddled with lies, the Supreme Court rules that a football coach can, should they choose, become a dictator-priest.
United Against Hate, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 29, 2018
A Call for Solidarity in the Face of Hate When so many groups are under attack, a collective response is the only response. We need loud rallies against racism. We need speak-outs for immigrants. We need to say that trans rights are human rights. We need public meetings about what fascism is and how to fight it. We need to provide security and ensure safe spaces for groups that are attempting to come together.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 26, 2018
What the Worst of Sports Taught Brett Kavanaugh--and What It Still Teaches Today My experience around privileged high-school and college athletes leads me directly to the accusations made against Brett Kavanaugh.
Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII Victory Parade, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Why Donald Trump Disinvited the Eagles From the White House Much of the Eagles team was going to skip the White House visit in protest, so our president-child threw a tantrum.
A's Bruce Maxwell kneels again during anthem, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 29, 2017
Oakland Catcher Bruce Maxwell Breaks Baseball's Politics Line There is a wall in baseball between sports and politics. One player just put a crack in it.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 11, 2015
3 Lessons From University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe's Resignation In shocking news that comes in utter contradiction to a statement released just yesterday, University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe has announced his resignation.
a gathering at Marion Square in Charleston in response to shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 19, 2015
Charleston's 'Mother Emanuel Church' Has Stared Down Racist Violence for 200 Years The more you read about Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, otherwise known as "Mother Emanuel," the more awe you feel for its historic resilience amidst white-supremacist terror.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 13, 2015
The Debt Owed to Eduardo Galeano The passing of Eduardo Galeano should remind us that lyricical resistance history is in itself an act of resistance.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Why the NCAA Should Move the Final Four Out of Indiana Governor Mike Pence just signed a bill licensing discrimination against LGBT people.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 10, 2014
Former Chicago Bears GM: The League Has Ignored 'Hundreds and Hundreds' of Domestic Violence Cases If there is any justice, these revelations by longtime general manager Jerry Angelo will lead to an investigation and the firing of Roger Goodell.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The Revictimizing of Janay Rice The lack of concern for Janay Rice now that the video of Ray Rice knocking her unconscious has been released is truly troubling.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 24, 2014
On the Little League World Series, Jackie Robinson West, and Michael Brown the events of this summer show with bracing clarity that there are huge swaths of this country that love black culture and hate black people. It is difficult to not see this reality in the events of the last week: events that counterpose something as American as apple pie, the Little League World Series, and something else that is frankly also as American as apple pie: the killing of unarmed black men
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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Pure Poison: The Weekend Shooting, Ray Rice and a Culture of Violence Against Women Misogyny becomes weaponized when a culture excuses it and looks the other way.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 7, 2008
Common Bond for Uncommon Men: Roberto Clemente and Martin Luther King As we remember the 40th anniversary of that dark day of April 4th 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down in Memphis, it's worth recalling the reaction by Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Roberto Clemente.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 24, 2008
CRACKDOWN: China's Brutal Olympic Echo China's crackdown against Tibetan protesters ahead of the Summer Olympics in Beijing carries with it a brutal echo from the past. Scores of people, including school children are reported dead and more repression has been promised. Yet the concern expressed by world leaders has seemed less for the people of Tibet than the fate of the Summer Games, with Olympic cash deemed more precious than Tibetan blood.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 3, 2008
The Senator from Comcast?: Arlen Specter and SpyGate As Will Bunch wrote in the Philadelphia Daily News, "If you simply took Specter at face value, and assumed his passion for grilling the NFL in his official Senate capacity is the passion of a jilted fan, that alone would be an outrageous abuse of his authority. But the truth is much worse, because Specter's interest in this issue dovetails far too closely with those of his two largest contributors...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 15, 2007
What Did Pelosi Know About NSA, and When Did She Know It? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has admitted knowing for several years about the Bush administration's eavesdropping on Americans without a court warrant. She was briefed on it when she was ranking Democrat the House Intelligence Committee when Bush and Cheney took office.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 21, 2007
It Ain't Easy Being Green: Notre Dame and the Economy of Sports
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 3, 2007
Talking Sports from Death Row with Kevin Cooper Kevin Cooper is a sports fan. Kevin Cooper loves the Steelers. Kevin Cooper makes his home on death row at the notorious San Quentin Penitentiary in California. Cooper awaits execution for a crime many observers are convinced he did not commit. He was to be injected with poison until his heart stopped on February 10th, 2004 but received a stay after massive public pressure was brought to bear.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 5, 2007
Olympics Want Some Chicago Skin ANYBODY GOT $500 million collecting dust under the couch? If you live in Chicago, take a second look between those cushions. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has let it be known that the people of the Windy City could pay out as much as $500 million if they are awarded the 2016 Summer Games.

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