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The intersection of sports, culture, and politics is at the heart of the new weekly podcast, The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, premiering Wednesday, November 3rd. Hosted by LZ Granderson, formerly of ESPN, now an op-ed columnist for the L.A.Times and a political contributor to ABC News, and Will Leitch, founder of the late website Deadspin, a contributing editor at New York Magazine, and the author of How Lucky, The Long Game dives into the most relevant sports topics of the week to not only break down the games, but the games people play. From vaccination hesitation, to online betting, to all of the wonderful "isms" and "phobias" we've come to know and love, sports not only reflect our culture, they drive our culture. Join Will and LZ as they explore the events on and off the field that collide with the political, business, and social concerns that captivate the American conversation.  
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The Long Game with LZ & Leitch The Recount

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The intersection of sports, culture, and politics is at the heart of the new weekly podcast, The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, premiering Wednesday, November 3rd. Hosted by LZ Granderson, formerly of ESPN, now an op-ed columnist for the L.A.Times and a political contributor to ABC News, and Will Leitch, founder of the late website Deadspin, a contributing editor at New York Magazine, and the author of How Lucky, The Long Game dives into the most relevant sports topics of the week to not only break down the games, but the games people play. From vaccination hesitation, to online betting, to all of the wonderful "isms" and "phobias" we've come to know and love, sports not only reflect our culture, they drive our culture. Join Will and LZ as they explore the events on and off the field that collide with the political, business, and social concerns that captivate the American conversation.  
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    The college coaching chaos is just beginning, abusive fans better get the memo, and Omicron will never shut sports down

    The college coaching chaos is just beginning, abusive fans better get the memo, and Omicron will never shut sports down

    On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, LZ and Will explain why the recent and shocking college football coaching changes are only the tip of the iceberg; talk about how athletes have finally had enough of unruly fan behavior; and assess whether sports could ever be shut down again in the shadow of the Omicron variant. They wrap up with “This Week In Sports History,” revisiting Michael Jordan’s uninspiring tenure with the Washington Wizards, and with their “Games of the Week” and “Blunders of the Week.”
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    What to do about China, Richard Williams was right, MLB heads off a cliff, and Les Snead talks OBJ

    What to do about China, Richard Williams was right, MLB heads off a cliff, and Les Snead talks OBJ

    On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, LZ and Will discuss Peng Shuai's disappearance and how the sports world should respond to China's human rights abuses; pay homage to Richard Williams and decide whether his mentorship of daughters Venus and Serena is the greatest story in sports history; talk about whether Major League Baseball can save itself from self-imposed disaster, and are joined by L.A. Rams GM Les Snead to break down the current state of the team. They wrap up with "This Week In Sports History," revisiting MLB's first $3 million a year contract, and with their "Games of the Week."
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    Jon Gruden's revenge, the best way to build a team, and the trouble with New York

    Jon Gruden's revenge, the best way to build a team, and the trouble with New York

    On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, LZ and Will break down Jon Gruden’s lawsuit against Roger Goodell and determine whose side they’re on; discuss the right way to build a team — all-in like the Rams or from scratch like the Orioles; and debate whether New York is the worst sports city to play or work in. They wrap up with “This Week In Sports History,” wondering if Sandy Koufax is so beloved because we never got to see him not be great — and with their “Games of the Week.”
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    • 55 min
    Aaron Rodgers pays a price, ESPN lacks credibility, and college basketball loses its shine

    Aaron Rodgers pays a price, ESPN lacks credibility, and college basketball loses its shine

    On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, LZ and Will talk about Aaron Rodgers’ vaccination deception and whether he’ll suffer consequences for it; discuss whether ESPN can be taken seriously even after publishing its investigation of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver; and explain why the college basketball season doesn’t matter anymore. They wrap up with “This Week In Sports History,” imagining how the rivalry between tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert would play out today, and with their “Games of the Week.”
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    • 1 hr
    The unstoppable chop, Biden's mistake, and the Blackhawks' shame

    The unstoppable chop, Biden's mistake, and the Blackhawks' shame

    On the very first episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, LZ and Will discuss the Atlanta Braves' chop and determine why it's going stronger than ever; evaluate whether Joe Biden is "blowing it" by not attending sporting events, and break down the Chicago Blackhawks sexual abuse scandal and where fans should draw the line when their favorite team condones amoral acts. They wrap up with "This Week In Sports History," asking who had the more impactful draft class, Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan, and let us know their "Games of the Week."
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    • 49 min
    Trailer: The Long Game with LZ & Leitch

    Trailer: The Long Game with LZ & Leitch

    The intersection of sports, culture, and politics is at the heart of the new weekly podcast, The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, premiering Wednesday, November 3rd. Hosted by LZ Granderson, formerly of ESPN, now an op-ed columnist for the L.A.Times and a political contributor to ABC News, and Will Leitch, founder of the late website Deadspin, a contributing editor at New York Magazine, and the author of How Lucky, The Long Game dives into the most relevant sports topics of the week to not only break down the games, but the games people play. From vaccination hesitation, to online betting, to all of the wonderful "isms" and "phobias" we've come to know and love, sports not only reflect our culture, they drive our culture. Join Will and LZ as they explore the events on and off the field that collide with the political, business, and social concerns that captivate the American conversation.
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