Media Matters

Dave Zirin, author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States


This week our guest is Dave Zirin. Zirin, Press Action's 2005 and 2006 Sportswriter of the Year, has been called "an icon in the world of progressive sports" and Robert Lipsyte says he is "the best young sportswriter in the United States." His column, Edge of Sports, appears on Sports Illustrated's website, He is also the host of XM satellite's weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio.

Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for SLAM Magazine, the Progressive, and the Philadelphia Weekly; a contributor to the Nation Magazine, and a regular op-ed writer for The Los Angeles Times.

Zirin's next book, out this summer, is A People's History of Sports in the United States, part of Howard Zinn's People's History series for the New Press. 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.). 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 He is also the author of The Muhammad Ali Handbook, published for MQ Publications.