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Dave Zirin of The Nation joined Cyd for a Google Hangout on politics and sports

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Politics and sports don't mix. At least, that's been the mantra of athletes, agents and pro-sports teams for decades. When active athletes dive into sports, they simply risk alienating fans and making themselves a lightning rod on issues off the field.

But as LGBT issues have crept into the forefront of American politics, more and more athletes are picking sides. Some have come out for same-sex marriage, others against it. Some are advocating for athletes coming out, others against. Many even view the act of coming out as gay a political statement.

On Wednesday, I'll talk with The Nation sports editor Dave Zirin about the intersection of sports, athletes, and the politics surrounding the LGBT equality movement. Zirin has written a bunch of books, most recently Game Over: How Politics Has Turned The Sports World Upside Down. Check out Zirin's Web site, Edge of Sports.