Offers insight into the role of politics, pop culture, and other influences on the nation's athletics, in a narrative account that places an emphasis on how race-related conflicts have had a significant impact on sporting events.
A People's History of Sports in the United States is Dave Zirin's fourth book about politics and sports. He is the host of XM Satellite Radio's Edge of Sports Radio and the first sports writer at The Nation in its 150-year history.
Though he's regularly fined for shouting down NBA referees, billionaire Mark Cuban is credited for turning the Dallas Mavericks around. Now, the Internet entrepreneur is being investigated for insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Sports writer Dave Zirin has a reputation for pointing out the places where the line between sports and politics blurs. His latest book, A People's History of Sports in the United States, goes even further. Zirin speaks with NPR's Tony Cox.