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Ep #179: Enough is enough: Addressing racism in sports

Ep #179: Enough is enough: Addressing racism in sports

May 24, 2022

Today’s episode of The GIST of It is about a topic far too often discussed on the pod — racism in sports. Co-hosts Ellen and Steph detail two infuriating incidents from the weekend — one in the MLB, one in the NHL — then take a trip across the pond to consider actual solutions to this pervasive problem. Thanks for tuning in! 

 

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Ep #178: In partnership: Nike’s 50th anniversary and their commitment to women’s sports

Ep #178: In partnership: Nike’s 50th anniversary and their commitment to women’s sports

May 23, 2022

Surprise!

 

Welcome to a very special pop-up edition of The GIST of It, in partnership with Nike. Grab your party hat and cut up a slice of cake — today’s episode is all about celebrating Nike’s 50th anniversary, specifically their commitment to women’s sports over the last 50 years.

 

Plus, co-hosts El and Steph will do their best Raven Baxter impressions and take a look at what the next 50 years could bring for Nike and the sports world. It’s just the beginning, baby.

 

 Show notes:

 

Brandi Chastain goal celebration during the 1999 World Cup

 

Nike ad celebrating 2019 USWNT World Cup win

 

Architectural Digest tour of Serena Williams Building

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Ep #177: The girls are getting paid: On the USWNT’s equal pay win

Ep #177: The girls are getting paid: On the USWNT’s equal pay win

May 19, 2022

Queue up Lizzo before you press play on today’s episode of The GIST of It because the USWNT has finally achieved equal pay with the USMNT, announcing yesterday that all sides agreed to a historic new collective bargaining agreement. Co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss the details of the landmark deal along with the work still ahead in bridging the gender pay gap across the broader sports landscape. It’s about damn time. 

 

Show notes:

Ep #153: Pushing for progress: On trans rights and equal pay in sports

Ep #176: Playoffs?!: An NBA and NHL postseason update

Ep #176: Playoffs?!: An NBA and NHL postseason update

May 17, 2022

It’s an extra happy Tuesday because today marks the start of what’s sure to be even more thrilling NBA and NHL playoff action, with the NBA conference finals and NHL second round kicking off. So, on today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen and Steph have everything you need to know about the matchups ahead. Getcha multiple screens and popcorn ready.

 

Show notes:

WNBPA Petition calling for Brittney Griner’s return

 

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Ep #175: The math’s not mathing: The ludicrous world of sports broadcasting contracts

Ep #175: The math’s not mathing: The ludicrous world of sports broadcasting contracts

May 12, 2022

Settle in, because today’s episode of The GIST of It is a doozy. After news of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady’s massive contract to serve as a broadcaster after his playing career ends, Steph and guest co-host Lauren are discussing the myriad disparities in the sports broadcasting world when it comes to contracts for non-white and female commentators.

Then after the break stick around for even more WTF news from college lacrosse. Members of the Delaware State University, an HBCU, women’s lacrosse team were racially profiled when their bus was pulled over and searched by police last month. Absolutely enraging. 

Thank you to Canadian Tire for supporting today’s podcast! Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Charities is committed to empowering Girls in Sport and helping kids overcome the many barriers to getting in the game. Support their efforts by checking out their “Keep Her in Play” auction at keepherinplay.ca. Good luck! 

 

 Show notes:

Here's How Often ESPN Draft Analysts Use the Same Words Over and Over

Delaware State player Sydney Anderon’s article

 

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Ep #174: Fashion faux pas: How sports are failing BIPOC athletes

Ep #174: Fashion faux pas: How sports are failing BIPOC athletes

May 10, 2022

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down F1’s recent crackdown on their jewelry ban and seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton’s response, with a broader discussion about how such policies often target BIPOC athletes specifically. Talk about a fashion faux pas.

Thank you to Canadian Tire for supporting today’s podcast! Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Charities is committed to empowering Girls in Sport and helping kids overcome the many barriers to getting in the game. Want to help them in their mission and win awesome prizes? Check out their “Keep Her in Play” auction at keepherinplay.ca Happy bidding!

 

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Ep #173: Tip-off time: A WNBA season preview

Ep #173: Tip-off time: A WNBA season preview

May 5, 2022

You guessed it, today’s episode of The GIST of It is an extra special W season preview. The top teams, the players to watch, the main storylines — co-hosts Ellen and Steph have everything you need to know before the fun tips off tomorrow night. Nothing but net, baby. 

Thank you to Tangerine for supporting today’s episode! Tangerine is the official bank and first foundational partner of the WNBA in Canada. Learn more about their commitment to championing your financial journey (and those fadeaways) here

 

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Ep #172: The MLB finally gets it right and a postseason sports update

Ep #172: The MLB finally gets it right and a postseason sports update

May 3, 2022

In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down a stunning and welcome development from MLB — star LA Dodgers Pitcher Trevor Bauer was issued a two-season suspension last week after spending 10 months on paid administrative leave while he faced sexual assault allegations.

  • El and Steph discuss the background and what this major news could mean for other (men’s) pro sports leagues.

Then after the break, it’s time for a rapid fire update on all of the latest playoff action. NHL, NBA and NWSL, oh my! It’s postseason season, baby.

*A quick note: today’s episode does include mentions of allegations of sexual harassment, so if you need to pass on today’s episode, we’re sending love and will see you back here on Thursday.

 

And a big thank you to our friends at Scotiabank for sponsoring today’s episode. From their Girls HockeyFest to their Scotia Rising Teammates mentorship program, Scotiabank is dedicated to empowering young women all across Canada. Learn more about how they’re making hockey more inclusive for everyone here.

And shoutout to our friends at Canadian Tire for sponsoring today’s episode. Head over to keepherinplay.ca to find out how you could bid on iconic Canadian memorabilia all while supporting their Jumpstart Charities’ Girls in Sports Initiatives. Signed Christine Sinclair cleats — need we say more? 

 

Show notes:

Ep #101: The deeply troubling case of Trevor Bauer

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Ep #171: More problems on the pitch: The latest from the NWSL

Ep #171: More problems on the pitch: The latest from the NWSL

April 28, 2022

We are once again asking the NWSL to protect its players. In today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss Houston Dash head coach and general manager James Clarkson’s suspension based on the recommendation of the NWSL and NWSL Players Association's joint investigation.

We also want to note that today’s podcast includes mention of allegations of sexual harassment, so if you need to pass on today’s episode, we’ll see you next week.

Special thanks to our friends at American Giant for sponsoring today’s pod! There’s nothing better than listening to a podcast in your favorite hoodie, and American Giant’s collection is durable and comfortable. And they’re giving GISTers a special deal: 20% off your first order with code THEGIST. Happy shopping

And a shoutout to our friends at Canadian Tire for their sponsorship, too! Canadian Tire’s “Keep Her In Play” program benefits their Jumpstart Charities’ Girls in Sport initiative and their raising funds through a special auction including items from The Tragically Hip and Canada’s favorite athletes. Christine Sinclair collectibles? Say less. Learn more about how Canadian Tire is keeping girls in sports here

 

Show notes:

2021 NWSL Timeline

Ep #100: The NWSL and NHL have a coaching problem

Ep #115: The NWSL’s institutional betrayal

 

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Ep #170: Not gouda: The NWSL’s field and scheduling problems

Ep #170: Not gouda: The NWSL’s field and scheduling problems

April 26, 2022

Another week, another head scratcher from the NWSL. In today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give you the lowdown on the upcoming NWSL Challenge Cup finale, and why the league’s time and venue scheduling issues are…not cool. After the break, they hop across the pond to look at how women’s soccer is on the up-and-up across the globe, and why organizations should be prepared to meet the momentum. Hey UEFA Women’s Euros? Don’t be sorry, be better. 

And special thanks to our friends at Campaign Monitor for sponsoring today’s episode! Campaign Monitor’s email marketing software is what superpowers The GIST’s newsletters and they’re leveling up again with their brand new SMS marketing feature.

  • Campaign Monitor expanding into SMS marketing > Elon Musk expanding into Twitter. Learn more about our Campaign Monitor besties here

 

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