200 episodes

The GIST of It is a twice-weekly podcast on what’s going on in the sports world. Hosts Ellen Hyslop and Stephanie Rotz discuss current sports topics and how they intersect with pop culture like media boycotts in sports, racism in the NFL and more. Expect a hilarious yet informative conversation with a refreshing female perspective on the world of sports.

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The GIST of It is a twice-weekly podcast on what’s going on in the sports world. Hosts Ellen Hyslop and Stephanie Rotz discuss current sports topics and how they intersect with pop culture like media boycotts in sports, racism in the NFL and more. Expect a hilarious yet informative conversation with a refreshing female perspective on the world of sports.

    Ep #211: The rumor mill strikes again: Ime Udoka’s suspension and the Spanish women’s soccer standoff

    Ep #211: The rumor mill strikes again: Ime Udoka’s suspension and the Spanish women’s soccer standoff

    On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz deep dive into two important stories where the initial reporting missed the mark. Starting with the NBA, El and Steph discuss the Boston Celtics’ season-long suspension of head coach Ime Udoka, specifically the media’s mishandling of this complicated situation.

    Then the gals go international to discuss the Spanish women’s national soccer team’s ongoing standoff with their federation. While the federation tries to shift blame, the players are setting the record straight and pushing for a safe, fair training environment. As they should.    

     

    Show notes:

    Ep #208: Brett Fraud: An NFL icon’s checkered history

     

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    • 28 min
    Ep #210: Bad news/good news: Sarver’s statement, a WTF NHL contract and women’s world championships begin

    Ep #210: Bad news/good news: Sarver’s statement, a WTF NHL contract and women’s world championships begin

    It’s fall, y’all! To celebrate, cozy up with another episode of The GIST of It. On today’s quick hits edition, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz start things off with a welcome update to the controversy surrounding Phoenix Mercury and Suns owner Robert Sarver, which they discussed on Tuesday’s episode. The embattled owner announced yesterday that he’s begun the process to sell both teams.

    Then it’s time for yet another WTF moment, this one from the NHL. The Edmonton Oilers signed former Vancouver Canucks winger Jake Virtanen to a tryout contract on Monday, just two months after he was found “not guilty” in a criminal sexual assault trial. It’s sadly the same ol’, same ol’ in the hockey world.*

    But there is some good news to celebrate in women’s sports, of course. El and Steph close out the pod with a preview of the currently underway FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and upcoming FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship. Can ya dig it?

     

    *Today’s episode contains mention of sexual violence. Please take care while listening. 



    Show notes:

    Robert Sarver statement

    Ep #209, detailing the Robert Sarver saga

    ESPN coverage of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup

     

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    • 26 min
    Ep #209: WTF roundup: Sarver’s paltry punishment and racism on the MLS pitch

    Ep #209: WTF roundup: Sarver’s paltry punishment and racism on the MLS pitch

    Today, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz are diving into another WTF episode of The GIST of It. Last week’s suspension of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Mercury owner Robert Sarver due to his history of racist and sexist behavior has become this week’s outcry in the basketball community, from players to brands.

    After that, the gals get into allegations of racism on the soccer field, digging into what went down at this weekend’s D.C. United match that launched an MLS investigation.

    El and Steph also break down the latest from the investigation into last year’s attack on Paris Saint Germain midfielder Kheira Hamraoui.

    A big thank you to BMO for sponsoring today’s podcast! BMO invests in sports and your financial future. Check out how to make financial progress with them at https://www.bmo.com.

     

    Show notes:

    Hamraoui's injuries and statement on Twitter

    Alphonso Davies surprising young players in his hometown - BMO

     

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    • 29 min
    Ep #208: Brett Fraud: An NFL icon’s checkered history

    Ep #208: Brett Fraud: An NFL icon’s checkered history

    Co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz are back with a doozy of an episode for today’s edition of The GIST of It. Texts were released Tuesday implicating NFL legend Brett Favre in a scheme to defraud Mississippi's welfare system in order to *checks notes* build a new volleyball facility at his daughter’s college. 

    El and Steph break down everything you need to know about this WTF story before discussing the Hall of Fame quarterback’s already complicated legacy. Thanks for tuning in.

    And thank you to Sonos for sponsoring today’s podcast! Cooler weather means more time inside watching TV, so there’s no better season to upgrade your home sound system. Sonos makes it easy with their sleek, no hassle products. Revamp your setup at sonos.com.  

     

    Show notes:

    Mississippi Today investigative article with Favre texts

    Jenn Sterger Twitter statement

     

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    • 24 min
    Ep #207: Breaking down the blockchain: NFTs and Top Shot

    Ep #207: Breaking down the blockchain: NFTs and Top Shot

    On today’s extra special episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz sit down with Top Shot social media lead (and GISTer) Carrie Oehm to dig into everything about the sports NFT space.

    The gals ask all your burning blockchain questions including what digital collectibles are, how you can connect with other sports fans in the digital community and how Top Shot is leveling the NFT playing field in the WNBA and NBA.

    Thank you to Top Shot for sponsoring this episode and sitting down with us to break it all down.

     

    Show notes:

    Breaking down NFTs with Top Shot

    Getting started with NFTs with Top Shot

    Celebrating the WNBA with NFTs and Top Shot

     

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    • 36 min
    Ep #206: WNBA: The final countdown

    Ep #206: WNBA: The final countdown

    With the No. 1 Las Vegas Aces eliminating the No. 4 Seattle Storm in four games, the WNBA finals are nearly set. But first, the No. 2 Chicago Sky and No. 3 Connecticut Sun will duke it out in tonight’s winner-take-all Game 5 to decide the final spot.

    So on today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz have everything you need to know ahead of tip off. 

    Then the gals turn to their crystal balls for a look at how both the Sky and Sun would fare against the Aces in preparation for the Finals tipping off on Sunday. Let’s ball. 

    A big thank you to WNBA Changemaker U.S. Bank for sponsoring today’s episode and helping women build financial confidence. Check out more of their WNBA partnership at www.USBANK.com/WNBA. 

     

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
180 Ratings

180 Ratings

Ronbenlisa ,

Love the GIST! Keep it Up!

Love listening to the Gist twice a week! Great female perspective. Love the banter back and forth between the hosts and their knowledge on all things sports! They are enthusiastic and funny and I don’t miss an episode!

gracesydney ,

Love it!

I’ve been signed up to The Gist’s newsletter since they launched and was so happy to hear that they have a podcast too! Ellen and Steph bring a new energy to sport media and are so fun to listen to :)

_Jo777 ,

The best sports podcast on the air!!

I love this podcast, and everything the Gist does. It’s my go-to for sports news, and especially sports news when it comes to the many incredible women’s leagues!

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