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Political Sportswriter; Sports Editor, The Nation

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 Dave Zirin Biography

Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism's "Excellence in Sports Journalism" Award, Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, "Edge of Sports Radio." He has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States” by Robert Lipsyte. Dave Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for SLAM Magazine and the Progressive.

His most recent 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." Sports Illustrated called the book “provocative,” writing, “It will make you think about what we're really seeing when we watch the games we love.”

Zirin is the co-author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World," published by Haymarket Books in September 2011.

In 2010, Zirin published "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 is also the author of "A People’s History of Sports in the United States," part of Howard Zinn’s "People’s History Series" for the New Press. "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 Foundation. He has a second documentary produced with MEF called "Race, Power, and Politics in American Sports."

In addition he has written "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 NBC’s "Last Call with Carson Daly," FX’s "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," ESPN’s "Outside the Lines," MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," ESPN Classic, CNN, MSNBC’s "The Rachel Maddow Show," Comcast Sports Network’s "Sports Talk Live," C-SPAN’s "BookTV," and "Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman." He has also been on numerous national radio programs from sports radio to 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 Los Angeles 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 the New York Times, Vibe Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, the Pittsburgh Courier, The Source, and numerous other publications.

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Dave Zirin

Political Sportswriter; Sports Editor, The Nation

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Dave Zirin Biography

Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism's "Excellence in Sports Journalism" Award, Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, "Edge of Sports Radio." He has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States” by Robert Lipsyte. Dave Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for SLAM Magazine and the Progressive.

His most recent 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." Sports Illustrated called the book “provocative,” writing, “It will make you think about what we're really seeing when we watch the games we love.”

Zirin is the co-author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World," published by Haymarket Books in September 2011.

In 2010, Zirin published "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 is also the author of "A People’s History of Sports in the United States," part of Howard Zinn’s "People’s History Series" for the New Press. "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 Foundation. He has a second documentary produced with MEF called "Race, Power, and Politics in American Sports."

In addition he has written "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 NBC’s "Last Call with Carson Daly," FX’s "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," ESPN’s "Outside the Lines," MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," ESPN Classic, CNN, MSNBC’s "The Rachel Maddow Show," Comcast Sports Network’s "Sports Talk Live," C-SPAN’s "BookTV," and "Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman." He has also been on numerous national radio programs from sports radio to 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 Los Angeles 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 the New York Times, Vibe Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, the Pittsburgh Courier, The Source, and numerous other publications.

Dave Zirin Videos

  • (A+A) Dave Zirin "Sports are Political" - Lebron James, OSU, Mizzou ...
  • Dave Zirin on The Dan Patrick Show 04/06/2016 - YouTube
  • Dave Zirin - Sportswriter at The Nation Magazine - Talk at UW ...

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  • How to book Dave Zirin?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dave Zirin for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dave Zirin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dave Zirin or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dave Zirin?

    Booking fees for Dave Zirin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dave Zirin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dave Zirin?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dave Zirin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dave Zirin for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dave Zirin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dave Zirin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Dave Zirin Speaker Videos

  • (A+A) Dave Zirin "Sports are Political" - Lebron James, OSU, Mizzou ...
    Dave Zirin on The Dan Patrick Show 04/06/2016 - YouTube
  • Dave Zirin - Sportswriter at The Nation Magazine - Talk at UW ...
    Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents ...

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