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Where sports and politics collide, hosted by Nation magazine Sports Editor Dave Zirin

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Where sports and politics collide, hosted by Nation magazine Sports Editor Dave Zirin

    Sportswriting Trailblazer Melissa Ludtke

    Sportswriting Trailblazer Melissa Ludtke

    This week we speak to Melissa Ludtke about her legendary career, her iconic lawsuit that broke many barriers for women sportswriters, and women in sports broadly. We talk to Melissa about the elevation of Kim Ng to general manager of the Marlins, the first in North American male sports. 

    We also have “Choice Words” about Colin Kaepernick’s decision to highlight political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and the struggle of political prisoners everywhere. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to the young men at the NBA Draft that displayed black lives matter on such an important day in their young lives and the locker room culture at Penn State, an institution that finds itself under scrutiny again due to heinous allegations. All this and more on this week’s show!

    Melissa Ludtke

    Twitter: @MelissaLudtke (https://twitter.com/MelissaLudtke/status/1330294554931638275)

    https://baseballhall.org/discover/short-stops/melissa-ludtke

    Zirin, Colin Kaepernick Speaks Out for Mumia Abu-Jamal

    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/colin-kaepernick-mumia-abu-jamal/



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    Pandemics & Protest with Marc Lamont Hill

    Pandemics & Protest with Marc Lamont Hill

    This week we speak to Marc Lamont Hill about his new book, We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, and Possibility. We talk to Marc about the BLM protests over the summer, their connection with the global pandemic and we even take some time to rap about his Sixers. 

    We also have “Choice Words” about the NFL’s Rooney Rule and its deep shortcomings and the league’s refusal to address the fundamental power dynamics of white supremacy. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to baseball’s Kim Ng for being the first woman general manager in any of the major North American sports leagues and former Auburn football coach and resident idiot Tommy Tuberville, recently elected to the US Senate. All this and more on this week’s show!

    Marc Lamont Hill

    Twitter: @marclamonthill (https://twitter.com/ChuckModi1?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)

    https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1631-we-still-here

    Zirin, Tweaking the NFL’s Rooney Rule Is Not Enough

    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/nfl-rooney-rule/



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    • 57 min
    An Election’s Eye View From The Streets

    An Election’s Eye View From The Streets

    This week we speak to Deadspin’s Chuck Modiano about street protests in DC against police violence. We also talk to Chuck about DC’s mayor Muriel Bowser, the presidential election coming up, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ recent World Series, win and the greatness of Stevie Wonder.

    We also have Choice Words about Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his recent coronavirus diagnosis. In addition, we have Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down awards to soccer star Marcus Ashford for bringing attention to child hunger in the UK and old white millionaire athletes for Trump. All this and more on this week’s show!

    Chuck Modiano
    Twitter: @ChuckModi1 (https://twitter.com/ChuckModi1?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)
    Modiano at Deadspin
    (https://deadspin.com/author/chuckmodi1)

    Zirin
    College Football’s Great Defender Has Covid-19
    (https://www.thenation.com/article/society/trevor-lawrence-covid/)

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    • 38 min
    Rugby’s Political Athlete David Pocock Retires

    Rugby’s Political Athlete David Pocock Retires

    This week we speak to the great David Pocock about his retirement from rugby. We talk to him about leaving the game, his experiences playing rugby and lessons he has learned from the sport. We also talk about what he’s look forward to during the next phase of his life.  

    We also have “Choice Words” about the blowback to comments made by Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman about pointless and wasteful military flyovers. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to all the great athletes that are doing the work of rallying young people to the polls and some arrogant NBA agents that are criticizing the league and the players for their support of black lives matter. All this and more on this week’s show!

    David Pocock

    Twitter: @pocockdavid (https://twitter.com/pocockdavid?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/oct/23/david-pocock-retires-wallabies-australia-rugby-player-retiring-japan-club-conservation

    Zirin, Military Flyovers at NFL Games Are Ridiculous

    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/joe-buck-troy-aikman/



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    • 31 min
    So Why Are People Watching Less Sports?

    So Why Are People Watching Less Sports?

    This week we speak to Jane McManus, New York Daily News’ sports columnist and Director of the Center for Sports Communication at Marist College. We talk about a new survey from Marist College on recent sports viewership. We dive into theories on why there has been a drop in sports viewers since the pandemic as well as the broader American sports’ response to the virus and why it’s been found to be lacking. 

    We also have “Choice Words” about the NBA’s Bubble, the effectiveness of it, as well as its impact on protest. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to the legendary John Carlos and Tommie Smith on the anniversary of their iconic protest at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico and the Tennessee Titans for their irresponsible behavior in the wake of large scale coronavirus diagnoses on the team. All this and more on this week’s show!

    Jane McManus

    Twitter: @JaneSports (https://twitter.com/MrMichaelLee?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)

    https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ny-coronavirus-covid-19-mlb-nfl-nba-mls-sports-return-20200626-n2f7a6e26rb7bfwawmwvxj7sd4-story.html

    Zirin, NBA Bubble Postmortem

    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/nba-season/



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    • 34 min
    Bubblicious: What the Bubble Meant for the NBA

    Bubblicious: What the Bubble Meant for the NBA

    This week we talk to NBA writer Michael Lee about the NBA Finals. We also talk about the remarkable success of the NBA Bubble, Jimmy Butler’s fit in Miami, and the legacy of Lebron James. 

    We also have “Choice Words” about the legacy of Lebron James and the effective way in which he has used his platform to do good. In addition, we have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to the WNBA community for how it banded together to attempt to get former player Cappie Pondexter help and Donald Trump/the GOP for shamefully appropriating the legacy and memory of the legendary Jackie Robinson to their sordid political ends. All this and more on this week’s show!

    Michael Lee

    Twitter: @MrMichaelLee (https://twitter.com/MrMichaelLee?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor)

    https://theathletic.com/author/michael-lee/

    Zirin, The NFL Season Could Be Facing a Covid Collapse

    https://www.thenation.com/article/society/cam-newton-patriots-covid/



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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
505 Ratings

505 Ratings

Dave Pendrys ,

On the Right Side of History

Dave Zirin is on the right side of history and his pod is always educational week after week. His guests are the voices we need to hear because sports are political whether some fans like it or not. An important podcast not to be missed.

pelak12345 ,

Critical sports journalism at its best

Thanks, Dave Zirin! I love listening and sharing with my Sport & Society students.

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Layeshia

Goodness gracious what a brilliant person!!

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