The Gist Of It

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The GIST of It is a weekly podcast on what’s going on in the sports world. Hosts Ellen Hyslop and Stephanie Rotz discuss current sports topics like what to expect (and eat) for the Super Bowl, how Coco Gauff broke onto the tennis scene, and why Rafael Nadal picks his wedgie so much. Expect a hilarious yet informative conversation with a refreshing female perspective on the world of sports.  

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Ep #205: 2022 NFL season preview: Everything to know before kickoff

Today’s episode of The GIST of It digs into everything you need to know before the NFL season kicks off next week. On today’s pod, host Ellen Hyslop and guest host Dee Lab break down how it all works, the teams to keep tabs on and the players already making us sit up and take notice.

A big thank you to Sonos for sponsoring today’s episode! If you’re ready to up your TV game like Ellen and Steph have, check out Sonos for yourself at sonos.com.

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Ep #204: WTF Tuesday: NCAA volleyball racism & more NFL bullsh!t

Back by popular demand, it’s time for another WTF episode of The GIST of It. On today’s pod, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz detail an infuriating story out of the NCAA. On Friday, Duke volleyball sophomore Rachel Richardson was subject to racial slurs during a game against BYU. El and Steph discuss the institution’s inaction and history of problematic behavior.

Then after the break, El and Steph dig into a(nother) WTF from, you guessed it, football. Over the weekend, the Buffalo Bills released punter Matt Araiza two days after a lawsuit was filed alleging he gang-raped a 17-year-old girl last year, but there are multiple layers of prior inaction we need to discuss.*

Thank you to TELUS for sponsoring today’s episode! With the Women’s World Hockey Championship off and running, we’ve teamed up with TELUS to give one lucky GISTer the ultimate Women’s Worlds viewing package, complete with a signed 2022 Team Canada jersey, a TV and a soundbar. Visit our Instagram @thegistca to enter. Good luck!

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

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Ep #203: Tennis controversy and a jam-packed weekend primer

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz kick things off with a head-scratching move from the USTA. Belarusian player Victoria Azarenka was surprisingly dropped from last night’s “Tennis Plays for Peace” exhibition match, despite publicly condemning Russia’s war with Ukraine. El and Steph deep dive with a nuanced conversation on this complicated topic.

Then after the break, the gals preview a jam-packed sporting weekend ahead. From the women’s world hockey championships to college football to F1, they have you covered for the biggest storylines surrounding these major events.

Thank you to Sonos for supporting today’s episode! Sonos’ Ray soundbar offers an unparalleled home listening experience, with none of the complicated wires or setup. Truly the best of both worlds. Check out Sonos’ full line of speakers and soundbars at sonos.com.

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Ep #202: Utah protects trans kids while the Atlanta Braves strike out

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz have one up and one down from the sports world. Starting with the good news, El and Steph discuss a rare win for trans kids in sports after a Utah judge reversed the state’s law banning trans girls from participating.

Then it’s time for the down, and this one’s coming from the baseball diamond. Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested on DUI charges on Friday…then started in Sunday’s game. Wish we were kidding. El and Steph dive into this latest example of ignoring off-field issues in favor of on-field success.

Thank you to Sonos for sponsoring today’s podcast! With crisp sound and a sleek aesthetic, Sonos’ Ray soundbar is the perfect way to upgrade your home listening experience. Check out Sonos’ full line of speakers and soundbars at sonos.com.

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Ep #201: Money talks: Women’s sports media rights

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz dig into the business side of women’s sports by breaking down the ratings and deals shaping pro and college teams. The money is on the table and the women’s sports industry is poised for a massive financial leap forward. Let’s talk dollars!

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Ep #200: Let the games begin: A WNBA playoffs preview

On today’s episode of The GIST of It (the 200th one!), Ellen Hyslop and guest host Lauren Tuiskula break down everything you need to know before the eight-team postseason begins tomorrow. With a new playoff structure and more games than ever before, this playoff race is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Enjoy!

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Ep #199: Serena Williams’ retirement and parenthood in sports

Hopping off the controversy train for an episode, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz dive into athletes and parenthood in today’s edition of The GIST of It.

First, it’s time to smile through the tears after Serena Williams’ retirement announcement and dig into her familial reasons for stepping off the court for the final time.

Then, El and Steph check into how other GOATs have approached parenthood, and how they’re blazing trails for future athletes in the family planning game.

And because the universe must balance itself out, they’ll close out with a quick dive into the repercussions of the overturning of Roe v. Wade on athletes and the leagues and teams that love them (on their rosters).

A big thank you to today’s sponsor, Sonos! Upgrade your home sound experience the easy peasy way with Sonos’ Ray soundbar. Get into that crisp, clear audio game at sonos.com.

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Ep #198: A WTF round of missed flights and misogyny

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but it’s time for yet another WTF buffet episode of The GIST of It. First, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz detail the latest (and perhaps most egregious) in the WNBA’s many travel woes.

Then it’s time for a WTF from the diamond following controversial MLB figure Pete Rose’s outlandishly sexist remarks over the weekend.

And to round things out, El and Steph dive into the latest from Hockey Canada’s ongoing sexual assault hearings with the men’s World Juniors tourney set to begin today. Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Thank you to Sonos for supporting today’s episode! With Sonos’ Ray soundbar, it’s never been easier to upgrade your at-home sound experience. It’s sleek, it’s easy to set up and it’s completely customizable. Interested? Learn more at sonos.com.

*Content warning: Today’s episode includes mention of sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

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Ep #197: Appeals galore: The NFL on Deshaun Watson’s suspension and the Lionesses grabbing the governmental mic

Today’s episode of The GIST of It features co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz reacting to some breaking news after the NFL filed an appeal of the initial six-game suspension levied against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. El and Steph discuss the stunning turn and what comes next in the process.

After discussing football, they turn to fútbol, specifically the women’s side starting with the state of gendered phys ed in British schools and the Lionesses’ efforts to increase girls’ access to soccer following their historic Euro win.

Then after the break, make way for yet another WTF NWSL moment. After NJ/NY Gotham FC captain McCall Zerboni made a racist analogy during her postgame presser on Sunday, it’s once again time for the league to take a hard look in the mirror.

Shout out to Sonos for supporting today’s podcast! Sonos’ Ray soundbar makes it easy to obtain a top-notch sound experience. No extra wires or complicated setup here. Learn more at sonos.com.

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Ep #196: The long-awaited and infuriating Deshaun Watson decision

New month, same The GIST of It podcast. On today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz react to and break down yesterday’s disappointing but not at all surprising news that, despite facing at least 22 sexual assault allegations, Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will only serve a six-game suspension. Absolutely ridiculous.

Then, stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but it’s time for another WTF because North Carolina Courage defender Jaelene Daniels missed Friday’s game after refusing to wear the team’s Pride jersey…and it wasn’t the first time this has happened. Wish we were kidding.

Big thank you to Sonos for sponsoring today’s episode! With Sonos’ Ray soundbar, you get the full surround sound experience, all in a compact, easy to to set up package. Truly the best of both worlds. Learn more at sonos.com.

Content warning: Today’s episode includes mention of sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

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Ep #195: WTF Thursday: NFL chaos and LIV Golf controversy

Welcome back to another WTF-filled episode of The GIST of It. Co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz kick things off with an update on the dumpster fire that is the Washington Commanders organization, as team owner Dan Snyder is set to testify before Congress today.

Then it’s time for yet another WTF, this time from men’s golf. The controversial Saudi Arabian–funded LIV Golf tour tees off with another event tomorrow, this time at former U.S. President Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf course, miles from the site of Ground Zero. El and Steph break down how 9/11 families are responding to LIV’s sportswashing, plus why this golf drama likely isn’t going anywhere soon.

*Content warning: Today’s episode includes mention of sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

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Ep #194: Hockey culture? Still trash: The latest on Hockey Canada

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz are back discussing a topic that’s far too often the subject of this podcast: toxic hockey culture. With Hockey Canada’s sexual assault crisis continuing to unfold, El and Steph detail the long, winding and frustrating timeline.

Then after the break, the gals zoom out to discuss what it’ll take to actually change hockey culture. Thanks for tuning in for this difficult but important episode.*

Shoutout to Sonos for supporting today’s podcast! High-quality sound, a clean aesthetic and no complicated set-up — Sonos’ Ray soundbar has everything you need to upgrade your listening experience. Learn more at www.sonos.com.

*Today’s episode includes mention of sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

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Ep #193: Clip in: A Tour de France Femme Preview

At long last, the first official women’s Tour de France begins this Sunday. So, today’s episode of The GIST of It has everything you need to know about the historic inaugural occasion.

Co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz kick things off with a brief history of women’s cycling, including a discussion of the bike’s pivotal role in the women’s rights movement. Sports and feminism? You love to see it.

Then after the break, El and Steph dive into the details of the 2022 Tour de France Femme. From the course to how the scoring works to the top cyclists to watch — they have you covered.

Big thank you to Sonos for sponsoring today’s episode! With customizable sound and a sleek aesthetic, Sonos’ Ray soundbar is the perfect way to take your listening to the next level. Get ready to hear the difference and learn more by visiting www.sonos.com.

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Ep #192: WTFs all around: ESPN’s controversial snubs and a Deshaun Watson update

Hope you’re ready to get fired up on this fine Tuesday because today’s episode of The GIST of It features not one, but two WTF moments from the sports world.

First, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz discuss controversy surrounding the ESPYs after ESPN neglected to invite reigning Player of the Year, Best College Athlete nominee Aliyah Boston to Wednesday’s award ceremony. Yes, seriously.

Then after the break, El and Steph have an important update to the ongoing Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson saga, along with a look ahead to when (and if) the NFL will issue the QB a suspension after he faced multiple sexual assault allegations.*

*Content warning: Today’s episode does include mention of sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

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Ep #193: Clip in: A Tour de France Femme Preview

At long last, the first official women’s Tour de France begins this Sunday. So, today’s episode of The GIST of It has everything you need to know about the historic inaugural occasion.

Co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz kick things off with a brief history of women’s cycling, including a discussion of the bike’s pivotal role in the women’s rights movement. Sports and feminism? You love to see it.

Then after the break, El and Steph dive into the details of the 2022 Tour de France Femme. From the course to how the scoring works to the top cyclists to watch — they have you covered.

Big thank you to Sonos for sponsoring today’s episode! With customizable sound and a sleek aesthetic, Sonos’ Ray soundbar is the perfect way to take your listening to the next level. Get ready to hear the difference and learn more by visiting www.sonos.com.

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Ep #191: Teeing off: The Open and CONCACAF W semis preview

Co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz are back with another jam-packed episode of The GIST of It featuring the latest men’s golf drama (yes, there’s more) and a preview of Thursday’s all-important CONCACAF W semifinals.

With the controversial Saudi Arabian–backed LIV Golf making more headlines and Tiger Woods continuing his triumphant return, this weekend’s The Open Championships (men’s golf’s final major of the season) is shaping up to be a doozy. El and Steph catch you up on the latest and preview the prestigious tournament.

Then it’s time for all the deets on another must-see sporting event — the CONCACAF W semifinals. The USWNT and CanWNT are both in action looking to book their spots in next week’s final, and a chance to snag the tourney’s only Olympic 2024 automatic qualifying berth. No pressure.

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Ep #190: We fly high: WNBA All-Star weekend recap and second half preview

Hoops fans, rejoice. On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz are discussing El’s whirlwind trip to WNBA All-Star weekend in Chicago. You won’t want to miss these behind-the-scenes stories, plus the biggest takeaways from a newsworthy weekend for the league.

And stick around after the break as El and Steph look ahead to what’s sure to be a thrilling race for the playoffs before the second half of the W season starts today. Truly ballin’

Shoutout to Sonos for supporting today’s podcast! Take your listening experience to the next level with Sonos’ Ray soundbar. With customizable features and a sleek aesthetic, your sound will never be the same. Learn more at sonos.com.

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Ep #189: One up, one down: Wimbledon’s restrictive dress code and celebratory hockey news

Move aside, fashion police. On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz are discussing Wimbledon’s all-white dress code as well as the rampant misogyny so often intertwined with uniform requirements and restrictions in sports.

Then after the break, no it’s not April Fools…El and Steph have positive news from the world of hockey (!!!) with not one, but two barrier-breaking hires over the weekend. Love to see it.

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Ep #188: Everything you need to know about the CONCACAF W Championship & Women’s Euro

Hope you’re ready for a footy fiesta because today’s episode of The GIST of It is all about two major upcoming women’s soccer events — the CONCACAF W Championship (featuring the USWNT and CanWNT) and the Women’s Euro. Co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz will breakdown everything you need to know before these BFD tournaments kick off next week.

Then after the break, El and Steph detail an important update to the ongoing story of Hockey Canada’s (mis)handling of sexual assault allegations.* Thanks for tuning in.

*Content warning: Today’s episode does include mention of sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

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Ep #187: Courts and sports: Roe v. Wade, Deshaun Watson and Brittney Griner

It’s been a difficult few days in the wake of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz will discuss how the sports world is (and isn’t) responding to the devastating decision.

Plus, El and Steph will also dive into two more intense but important topics on today’s episode. First, the hearing regarding potential discipline for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson — who recently faced 24 civil sexual misconduct lawsuits — begins today. El and Steph will detail how the process works and what we can expect.*

Meanwhile, a Russian court set this Friday as the start date for wrongfully detained WNBA star Brittney Griner’s trial. El and Steph will detail what it means and how it will impact Griner’s case.

And a big thank you to Sonos for sponsoring today’s episode. The Sonos Ray soundbar is a total game-changer. It’s easy to set up, is sleek to fit your room’s aesthetic and it will revolutionize the way you listen to TV (not to mention music and podcasts!). Check out the Sonos Ray soundbar at sonos.com and hear the difference for yourself.

*Content warning: Today’s episode does include mention of sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

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Ep #186: It’s a celebration: The 50th anniversary of Title IX

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX — the U.S. legislation which gave female athletes the right to equal opportunity in sports. So, today’s episode of The GIST of It is a celebration of the landmark law and its impact on women’s sports. Co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz will discuss what Title IX covers exactly, a few of the trailblazers who paved the way in women’s sports and what the next 50 years under Title IX might look like. Cue that confetti.

And a big thanks to today’s sponsor, Sonos. With completely customizable sound, Sonos is revolutionizing the home sound system. The Sonos Ray soundbar is a total gamechanger and only takes a few minutes to set up AND syncs directly to your TV remote, no stress. Check out the Sonos Ray soundbar online at sonos.com and hear the difference for yourself.

*Content warning: Today’s episode does include mention of sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

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Ep #185: The hits keep coming: The latest on Deshaun Watson and more golf drama

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz are diving into a story we’ve covered extensively on the pod — the latest surrounding Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is now facing 24 (and potentially soon to be 26) civil sexual misconduct lawsuits. El and Steph break down the most recent news and look ahead to how the NFL might respond.*

Then after the break, we’re returning to the sports story that dominated headlines last week — the ongoing feud between the PGA and the controversial LIV Golf tour. The U.S. Open tees off today and will feature golfers from both sides of the divide, meaning there’s about to be major drama on the links. Spicy.

*Content warning: Today’s episode does include mention of sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

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Ep #184: Anti-choice legislation and the NCAA’s response

It’s been a busy stretch in the sports world, so today’s episode of The GIST of It has a little bit of everything. First, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz discuss the future of the NCAA softball Women’s College World Series (WCWS) tournament given recent controversy surrounding the state of Oklahoma’s anti-choice legislation. Will the tourney remain in its famed Oklahoma City–based stadium or is it time for a change in venue?

Then after the break, it’s preview time! The Stanley Cup Final begins tomorrow night, so El and Steph have everything you need to know about this high-powered battle of the elements between the Colorado Avalanche and the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Thanks for tuning in!

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Ep #183: He said what now?: A deep dive into golf’s latest drama

Happy Friday Jr.!

Buckle up, because today’s episode of The GIST of It is a doozy. Today marks the start of LIV Golf, a Saudi Arabian–backed event intended to rival the PGA tour. But the event is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons with allegations of sportswashing thanks to Saudi Arabia’s atrocious human rights record. Co-hosts Ellen and Steph will break it all down.

Then after the break, we have a major update to an important story — approximately 90 survivors of sexual abuse by former Team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar are seeking $1 billion from the FBI for the organization’s failure to intervene.*

*Content warning: Today’s episode does include mention of sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

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Ep #182: Equal pay around the world: Canada Soccer’s fight

Queue up Rihanna because today’s episode of The GIST of It is all about the fight for equal pay in soccer. After the CanMNT refused to play their World Cup tuneup match on Sunday due to a dispute over player compensation, co-hosts El and Steph detail the ongoing situation then discuss how it’s all impacting the CanWNT and women’s soccer as a whole.

Then it’s time for not one, but two infuriating WTF moments, both related to sports and Pride Month. Thanks for tuning in!

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Ep #181: A sports buffet: French Open, WCWS and NBA Finals

It’s great to be back with another episode of The GIST of It, especially during such an exciting time in the sports world. The French Open, the NCAA softball Women’s College World Series, the NBA Finals — co-hosts El and Steph have your complete guide to all of the action before a jam-packed weekend.

And stick around after the break for an update to a complicated but important story out of the WNBA surrounding LA Sparks star Liz Cambage. Thanks for tuning in!

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Ep #180: The PWHPA and BJK, a game-changing partnership

Co-hosts Ellen and Steph are back with another episode of The GIST of It all about one of their favorite topics — women’s hockey, of course. The PWHPA made a major move on Tuesday, entering into a formal partnership with two big companies in the sports industry, one led by none other than tennis icon Billie Jean King. El and Steph break down the details, plus what it all means for the future of the sport. Truly game-changing.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Ep #169: What’s up with Wimbledon?: The sports world’s continued response to the War in Ukraine

If nobody got us, we know Ellen and Steph got us. In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph prep you for the weekend with some major sports news. First up, they break down Wimbledon’s Wednesday announcement that players from Russia and Belarus will not be allowed to compete at the June tourney because of the war in Ukraine, making it the first tournament to impose such a ban on individual players.

Then, after the break, El and Steph discuss a WTF moment from the NHL Players Association. Content warning: there will be mentions of and conversations around sexual assault, so if you need to take a break from today’s episode and join us next week, please do so and take care.

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Ep #168: Ice, ice baby: A pro women’s hockey league update

It might be time for co-hosts Ellen and Steph to play the lotto because, after last Thursday’s deep dive on the state of women’s hockey (full of predictions for the future), some major news broke over the weekend. The PWHPA is (reportedly) preparing to launch its own league.

El and Steph cover the reported details, dive into the history of other women’s pro leagues and discuss some lingering questions as we wait for an official announcement. Icy and spicy.

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Ep #167: We are never getting back together: A women’s hockey update

Somebody call Taylor Swift because today’s episode of The GIST of It is all about the PWHPA ending their discussions with the PHF to form a unified North American women’s pro hockey league. Co-hosts Ellen and Steph detail this messy history, what led to talks breaking down and what could come next for pro women’s hockey. Thanks for tuning in.

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Ep #166: Shoot your shot: An NBA postseason preview

It’s a very exciting day — the start of the NBA postseason! In today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen and Steph have everything you need to know before the play-in tournament tips off tonight including how it works, the competing teams and the top storylines making this postseason extra spicy.

Then the spice continues after the break with a head-scratching story out of the world of women’s sports biz. USWNT stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are taking on The Rock…El and Steph will break it all down.

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Ep #165: Tee it up: a Masters and MLB season preview

Thursday is low-key the sexiest day of the week — and today’s jam-packed episode is just another reason why. Co-hosts Ellen and Steph start with a preview of the Masters Tournament, covering what you need to know and who you need to know before the fun tees off today.

And after the break, El and Steph give you the low-down on the long-awaited start to a new MLB season. Batter up.

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Ep #164: Ball is life: March Madness recap and NBA playoff update

March Madness is officially over *single tear*, but it was a tournament for the books. On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen and Steph are taking time to celebrate the on-court and off-court achievements throughout the women’s tourney.

Then, after the break, El and Steph break down the pro basketball madness to come, chatting about the upcoming NBA postseason. Ball is life, and life is crazy.

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Ep #163: Bring on the madness: A Final Four preview

What better way to send out March than with a March Madness Final Four preview? We’ll start with everything you need to know about the women’s semis (naturally) then round things out with the men before the fun begins Friday and Saturday, respectively. Ball really is life.

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Ep #162: Calling for change: Gymnasts speak out against abuse

We’re rounding out the month of March with a discussion of an unfortunately all-too-familiar topic: institutional failure. Today, Ellen and special guest co-host Lauren break down Monday’s news that more than 70 current and former Canadian gymnasts signed an open letter calling for a third-party investigation into a “toxic culture” within Canadian gymnastics.

And after the break, they discuss how this story is part of a systemic pattern of national organizations — from USA Gymnastics to multiple Canadian programs — failing to protect their athletes. We’ve said it before and we’ll sadly probably have to say it again — it’s time for change.

We also want to flag that today’s episode does mention sexual abuse, so if you need to take a break, we’re here for you and we’ll see you on Thursday.

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Ep #161: A stunner down under — Tennis World No. 1 Ash Barty retires

In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss Tuesday’s shocking news that 25-year-old World No. 1 tennis player Ash Barty was retiring from the sport. We’re happy for her, sad for tennis fans and processing it all with a proper Barty Party.

Then after the break, it’s time for another WTF moment, this one from the NWSL. Last weekend, the Orlando Pride removed a fan banner that read “GAY” for “political reasons.” Yes, seriously. El and Steph have all the deets and context on this head-scratching situation.

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Ep #160: “Never shocked, always disappointed” — the Deshaun Watson trade

Following Friday’s news that the Cleveland Browns traded to acquire quarterback Deshaun Watson despite 22 ongoing civil cases of sexual misconduct against him, El and Steph discuss this infuriating move, the history of how the NFL has handled violence against women and where we go from here and more.*

*Today’s episode includes mentions of sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

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Ep #159: Let the Madness begin! — a Women’s March Madness preview

We’re ready for the madness to begin! Today, co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down everything you need to know ahead of the women’s March Madness Tournament. From the tourney details, to teams and players to watch, we have you covered.

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Ep #158: Deshaun Watson grand jury decision and Naomi Osaka’s experience at Indian Wells

Today, co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down what exactly happened with last week’s grand jury decision not to charge Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson with any criminal charges. We’re angry and we’re tired of this.

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Steph and special guest co-host Lauren are back with a new episode of The GIST of It. Today, they break down the NFL quarterback carousel — Rodgers! Wilson! Wentz! Garoppolo? — that has us sleeping through this offseason with one eye open. Then, they discuss how Canadian bobsled and skeleton athletes are taking a stand against their national organization, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton.

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Ep #156: Ice breakers — the PHF/PWHPA drama explained

It’s International Women’s Day! What better way to celebrate than with a new episode of The GIST of It? On today’s pod, co-hosts Steph and Lauren detail their concerns around WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detainment in Russia. Then, they break down everything you need to know about the ongoing feud between the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) and the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA).

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Ep #155: The WNBA’s airplane scandal and a Paralympics primer

On today’s pod, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz discuss the WNBA fining the New York Liberty a league-record $500,000. After the break, they preview the Beijing Paralympic Games before tomorrow’s Opening Ceremony. Spoiler alert: we’re big fans of Grandma Colleen. Thanks for listening!

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Ep #154: A WTF buffet: Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders scandal, Title IX lawsuit and more

Today’s pod features a plethora of WTF moments from the sports world. First, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz touch on the response (or lack thereof) from governing sports bodies in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. For more on this story, subscribe to our sports news and sports business newsletters at thegistsports.com/subscribe.

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

One Olympics whirlwind later, we’re back in your ears with another episode! Today, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz discuss the new anti-trans attacks coming out of Texas and what that means for trans athletes like college swimmer Lia Thomas.

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Ep #152: A tale of three Olympians — Eileen Gu, Nathan Chen, Zhu Yi and Beijing 2022

We can’t believe this is our last Olympics episode, but we’ve so enjoyed the ride with you. On today’s episode, Ellen and Steph discuss why three Chinese-American Olympians have come to represent geopolitical tensions and cross-cultural questions. And after the break, they’ll share why Mikaela Shiffrin is giving us hope.

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Ep #151: This story isn’t going anywhere — the Beijing 2022 Kamila Valieva saga

Today, co-hosts Steph Rotz and our very own Lauren Tuiskula are here with the Beijing latest. They’ll break down everything you need to know about what’s happening with Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva and the doping scandal wrecking the skating world. And after the break, they’ll be discussing the WTF from one of Team USA’s snowboarding coaches.

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Ep #150: The Rams? Who Dey? — Our Super Bowl Preview!

Welcome…to The GIST of It’s third annual Super Bowl episode! Today, co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down everything you need to know about Sunday’s matchup between the LA Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. They have you covered on the coaching drama, key matchups and key players — Camp Rock 2 analogies included.

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Ep #149: Red flags everywhere — Updates from Beijing 2022: COVID-19, artificial snow and Peng Shuai

Ellen and Steph are all in on Beijing 2022. Today, they’re discussing how COVID-19 continues to impact the athletes and how these Winter Games will impact, well, the environment.

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Ep #148: Everything is happening — an NFL bombshell and an Olympics preview

Today’s episode is a doozy. Co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss a major bombshell from the NFL — recently (and unexpectedly) fired Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is suing the league and its teams over alleged racism in their hiring practices. Today’s episode has all of the details, plus a conversation about what systemic changes the league needs to make.

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Ep #147: They came, they saw, they bargained — the NWSL’s groundbreaking CBA

New month, new news. Right after today’s podcast on the lack of an NWSL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was recorded last night, news broke that the NWSL Players Association had ratified the league’s first-ever CBA. But bearing in mind that the CBA has to be approved by the league’s Board of Governors in order to be fully actualized, we still think today’s episode of The GIST of It is helpful in contextualizing what brought us to this moment.

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Ep #146: China and the media: The latest ahead of the Beijing Olympics

Today, co-hosts Ellen and Steph cover more reports coming out of the topsy-turvy Olympics news cycle. First, they’ll discuss NBC and ESPN’s decision not to send reporters and announcers to Beijing, rather choosing to headquarter in Connecticut. Second, they break down the U.S. Republican Party probing NBC over Olympics coverage.

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Ep #145: When will hockey really be for everyone?

Today, co-hosts Ellen and Steph are breaking down two racist incidents in the world of hockey — first, in the Eastern Coast Hockey League (ECHL), and second, in the American Hockey League (AHL). One day, this sport will truly be for everyone, but if these stories are any indicator, there’s still so much work to do.

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Ep #144: How the NWSL’s Washington Spirit co-owner Y. Michele Kang is smashing the patriarchy

Today co-hosts Ellen and Steph are breaking down the ongoing power struggle inside the NWSL's Washington Spirit front office. Soccer fan or not, you’ll want to tune in to hear how team co-owner Y. Michele Kang is fighting the patriarchy. You know we love it.

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Ep #143: Special, special! An Interview With Sedona Prince

On today’s special episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen and Steph interview the one and only Sedona Prince. The Oregon basketball standout was already making moves on the court when her TikTok’s exposing the NCAA’s disparate treatment of the women’s and men’s teams during March Madness went viral. She’s been on the rise ever since and now hosts an Uninterrupted series, “More Than An Athlete Hotline: Varsity Edition,” presented by Champs Sports and East Bay. Prince is on the rise — as a hooper, social media star and activist — and we ask her all about it. This is one ep you don't want to miss!

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Ep #142: Beijing 2022: How censorship and COVID-19 could disrupt the Olympics

Can you believe the 2022 Beijing Olympics are just 22 days away? *gasps* On today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss the latest news from the Games, covering everything from censorship to COVID-19. Hosting an international sporting event in a global pandemic…what could go wrong?

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Ep #141: Novax Djokovic wins in court

On today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph are continuing last week’s discussion of tennis player Novak Djokovic’s legal saga unfolding in Australia. The Aussie Open kicked off last Sunday, and this story of (un)vaccination has taken center stage.

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Ep #140: The NBA’s loss is the WNBA’s gain: Becky Hammon blazes another trail

We’re so happy you’re sticking with us for another year of The GIST of It! On today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph are discussing Becky Hammon’s new role as the Las Vegas Aces’ head coach and why it matters that she left the NBA and headed back to her WNBA roots.

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Ep #139: Ellen and Steph’s Year in Review you didn’t ask for

On the final episode of The GIST of It for 2021, co-hosts Ellen and Steph are here to give their year in review. From their favorite sports moments, behind the scenes podcast insight and more, this is a roundup you don’t want to miss.

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Ep #138: All we want for Christmas is safety first — COVID-19 and sports

On today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph are back with more on the latest of COVID-19 in sports, but today they’re zooming out to discuss some bigger picture impacts of this latest surge. From teams essentially grabbing players off the street to leagues putting profits over people *eye roll* El and Steph get into all of it.

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Ep #137: The latest on COVID-19 in sports and tennis star Peng Shuai

Co-hosts Ellen and Steph are continuing their discussion on how COVID-19 is impacting sports and the bleak midwinter we see ahead. Every day seems to bring new cases, new postponements and new norms.

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Ep #136: How COVID-19 is affecting sports (again)

Roll up your sleeves (literally and figuratively) — on today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph are discussing how COVID-19 is (yet again) hitting the sports world. The Omicron variant is on the rise and the NBA, NFL, NHL and even the Olympics aren’t immune.

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Ep #135: Larry Nassar, the Olympics and institutional failure in sports

In today’s important episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph are tackling a pernicious and prevalent problem across sports: institutional failure.

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Ep #134: The Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL) isn’t what it seems

We’re so excited you’re here and we can’t wait to share today’s episode of The GIST of It. Co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss why the announcement of a Canadian Women’s Soccer League might not be as exciting as it sounds.

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Ep #133: Why the U.S. is boycotting the Olympics and absurd salaries in college sports

On today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss yesterday’s big announcement that the U.S. will diplomatically boycott the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

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Ep #132: An update to the Peng Shuai story: the WTA is taking a stand

Ellen and Steph have a major update to the story of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. In an unprecedented move, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced yesterday that they would suspend all tournaments in China.

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Ep #131: Why the MLB's looming lockout is a BFD

In today's episode, the gals (Ellen and Steph) break down the looming work stoppage in the MLB, the history of lockouts and labor disputes in sports and what it all means for women’s sports too. Thanks for tuning in!

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Ep #130: Coaching drama in the NFL and feuds on the golf course

On today’s special Thanksgiving episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen and Steph and today have a feast of dramatic sports news from you. From their wild holiday food hot takes to the NFL coach that could be fired before the day is out to the spicy feud hitting the golf course, today’s episode has it all. Grab a plate and let’s dig in!

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Ep #129: Everyday I'm tussling: Fights and brawls in sports

Ellen and Steph are diving into just what happened between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. From Isaiah Stewart and LeBron James and the “Malice at the Palace” — El and Steph have you covered.

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Ep #128: College Cup, MLS and NWSL playoffs...oh my!

Co-hosts Courtney Stith and Steph Rotz are back with another great episode, and today they’re breaking down the latest happenings in soccer. From World Cup qualifiers to the NCAA women’s College Cup to the MLS and NWSL playoffs, Courtney and Steph have everything you need to know about this whirlwind week of fútbol.

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Ep #127: Sports and censorship in China

We're diving deep into why the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is taking a stand on behalf of women’s tennis star Peng Shuai. The story involves issues of censorship in China as well as allegations of sexual assault, so please take care while listening.

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Ep #126: Violence and sabotage in sports: Attack on PSG Féminine Players

Co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz have everything you need to know about the trouble brewing in Paris St. Germain. We have you covered on this deeply concerning story involving PSG’s Aminata Diallo and Kheira Hamraoui.

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Ep #125: Everything you need to know about the 2021-22 college basketball season

On today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz have everything you need to know about the 2021-22 college basketball season before the action tips off later today. From the season schedule to the top teams and the key players to watch, we’re here to get’cha head in the game.

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Ep #124: Fake vaccine cards and lying frauds: vaccine hesitancy in sports

After Green Bay Packers quarterback (QB) Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday after misleading the public about his vaccine status, El and Steph are discussing lingering vaccine hesitancy amongst athletes and how it’s impacting sports.

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Ep #123: Changing the conversation around mental health in sports

Inspired by Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley taking a step back from football to focus on his mental health, El and Steph chat about the history of other athletes speaking out about their struggles and how the conversation has shifted since Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open back in May.

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Ep #122: The latest WTF updates: Deshaun Watson and the Chicago Blackhawks

On today’s episode, Ellen and Steph break down the latest WTF moment from the sports world. Despite having 22 active sexual assault allegations against him, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is on the NFL trade market, with multiple teams interested in trading for him. Ugh. Tune in for the backstory on Watson, why a trade could happen and stick around for an update to a different WTF moment, this one from the world of hockey.

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Ep #121: The 2021 World Series: The most despised teams ever

Baseball fan or not, you’ll want in on this conversation. On today’s show, Ellen and Steph discuss why the 2021 World Series featuring the Houston cheatin’ Astros and the problematic Atlanta Braves might just be the most despised series ever. Tune in for all the details.

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Ep #120: How the opioid crisis in sports is killing its athletes 

On today’s show, Ellen is joined again by special guest host Courtney Stith to talk about the opioid crisis in pro sports. After NHLer Jimmy Hayes’s cause of death was attributed to substance abuse, we’re talking about his life, death, and the noble way his family is honoring him.

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Ep #119: Diving into the Phoenix Mercury's media snub and the NBA's regular season

On today’s show, Ellen and special guest host Courtney Stith dive deep into the context as well as their thoughts and feelings on the Phoenix Mercury not showing up for the post-game press conference after losing to the Chicago Sky in the WNBA finals on Sunday afternoon. It’s complicated. And instead of a WTF moment, the pair also give a brief NBA regular season preview. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #118: Another coaching scandal: Jon Gruden and WFT explained

We really hate to do this to you, GISTers, but we have yet another coaching scandal to fill you in on. This time, it’s the NFL, with Jon Gruden’s racist and misogynistic emails. Ugh. We also have a WTF from the WNBA, involving the GOAT herself, Diana Taurasi. Buckle up for this one.

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Ep #117: Everything you need to know about the NHL season

It's hockey season! Today, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give you "the gist" on what to know about the NHL season. They talk teams to know, players to watch, their picks and, most importantly, the broader storylines to watch this season. Add that to some storytelling about Scott Moir and women in sports, and it’s a great way to spend your Tuesday. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #116: Gossip Girl, but make it hockey

Who needs Instagram and Facebook when hockey stars have Twitter to stir the pot? After Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner accused the NHL of medical malpractice in a tweet and threatened to reveal some spicy stories to back up his claims, Ellen and Steph are diving into what caused his sudden Gossip Girl moment. Then, they’re sharing a WTF from the NHL that involves — shocker! — San Jose Shark Evander Kane.

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Ep #115: The NWSL's institutional behavior 

How many wild things can happen in one week in the NWSL? Let us count the ways…  With another head coach out, a commissioner resigned, and three ongoing investigations into the botched handling of some truly terrible abuse allegations, the NWSL has had quite the week, so hosts Steph and Ellen are going through the timeline of events as they happened and then giving their own thoughts on all the awfulness.

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Ep #114: The disrespect for the WNBA is too high  

The WNBA is being disrespected. After the Phoenix Mercury were forced out of their home arena twice, hosts Ellen and Steph are talking about all the ways our favorite W teams are being wronged during this already intense postseason. Then, we’re following up on Tuesday’s WTF moment with an update from the Ukrainian Hockey League. Spoiler alert: it’s bad.

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Ep #113: Things are about to change in Washington 

On the field, the NWSL’s Washington Spirit is playing for a spot in the postseason. Off the field, it’s a hot mess right now. But as things continue to worsen, team co-owner Y. Michele Kang is ready to take charge. Soccer fan or not, you’ll want to hear what’s going down in D.C. And in our WTF moment of the week, we’re heading back to the hockey rink to tell you about a deplorable act of racism from the Ukrainian Hockey League. Make it end.

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Ep #112: Everything you need to know about the WNBA postseason

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, Steph is joined by guest host Courtney to talk about all things WNBA postseason. From the setup to the favorites to who’s out for revenge, they have everything you need to know before the first round begins.

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Ep #111: How do Tom Brady and Carli Lloyd do it?

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, hosts Ellen and Steph are searching for the fountain of youth. After 39-year-old soccer star Carli Lloyd scored five goals in one game last week and 44-year-old quarterback Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes on Sunday, we’re highlighting seasoned athletes who are still thriving even as young stars are emerging.

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Ep #110: USA gymnasts vs. the FBI

Hey! It’s another heavy episode of The GIST of It. After American superstar gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, hosts Steph and Ellen are diving into why they did it, what they said, and what it could mean for the future of amateur sport.

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Ep #109: U.S. Soccer does not understand the assignment

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, hosts Ellen and Steph are talking about cold hard cash...and why the U.S. women’s national soccer team is still fighting to make more of it. With the U.S. Soccer Federation recently making headlines, we’re diving into what they’re now asking of the USWNT and USMNT, their fraught relationship with both teams, and the ongoing lawsuit against them.

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Ep #108: Everything you need to know about the 2021 NFL season   

No, it’s not Friday: we’ve officially moved The GIST of It to Tuesdays and Thursdays! And today is a very special Thursday indeed: it's the Opening Kickoff of the NFL. Today, Ellen and Steph are getting into all things football with a quick season preview, a look at some of the can’t-miss storylines and they’ll even give their very professional opinions on who will win the Super Bowl.

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Ep #107: Is it burnout? Naomi Osaka thinks she’s “going to take a break from playing”   

After Naomi Osaka’s exit from the US Open in which she said, "I honestly don't know when I'm going to play my next tennis match, I think I'm going to take a break from playing for a while," co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss athlete burnout and the Osaka’s unique situation. Add that to a doozy of a WTF moment coming out of the women’s soccer world and you have yourself a podcast. Join us, won’t you?

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Ep #106: Men’s hockey culture is trash   

After the Ontario Hockey League suspended Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick Logan Mailloux indefinitely for violating the league’s expectation for appropriate conduct by a player, co-hosts Ellen and Steph dive deep into the issues with hockey culture, and broader men’s sports culture. Yes, we’ve been here before and we’ll be here again. Get fired up with us, won’t you? 

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Ep #105: Naomi Osaka, mental health and gender equality in tennis   

Today, Ellen and Steph chat about Naomi Osaka’s continued push for mental health as her US Open run begins, as well as the disparity in media coverage in one of the most gender equal sports. Then, we’re bringing back our WTF moment to give you an update on the Trevor Bauer situation in baseball.   

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Ep #104: Paralympics update and College Football primer   

The Paralympics have begun, so Steph and guest host Vanessa are getting into what makes the Games so important, what’s on the schedule for this weekend, and whether a merge with the Olympics would ever happen. Then they dive into the new college football season and try to explain the most complicated league in sports. Happy listening!     

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Ep #103: Team USA’s Hilary Knight on the WWHC and the future of women’s hockey   

Ellen and Steph were joined by another inspiring athlete on the podcast this week. This time, they sat down with Team USA's Hilary Knight to chat about all things ice hockey including the Women's World Hockey Championships (WWHC), women in hockey media, the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) and the future of women's hockey. Spoiler alert: it’s looking bright! It’s another can’t miss episode. Tune in, won’t you?    

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Ep #102: Christine Sinclair on winning gold at the Olympics, what’s next for her and the future of women’s soccer in Canada   

On today’s episode, Ellen and Steph chat with a very (very) special guest — CanWNT captain, NWSL superstar and Olympic gold medalist — Christine Sinclair. Fresh off the win in Tokyo, Christine shares what the Games were like, how she celebrated and who she received a congratulatory text from before diving into an important discussion about the future of women’s soccer in Canada and what’s next for her. We’re still buzzing from this convo and we know you’ll love it too.     

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Ep #101: The deeply troubling case of Trevor Bauer   

 Another week, another deeply disturbing assault case gripping the sports world. As LA Dodger Trevor Bauer faces his accusers in court, Steph and Ellen are back to give "the gist" on the case as it stands, and discuss the star privilege that too many athletes are afforded in cases like Bauer’s. Warning before you listen: this episode deals with sexual abuse, so if you can’t listen, we’ll see you back here on Friday, when we welcome a very special guest. Take care of yourself.     

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

On today’s episode, Steph and guest host Courtney are looking at two cases of massive abuses of power by coaches in the NWSL and the NHL. It’s a pretty heavy episode, and there are mentions of emotional and sexual abuse, so we totally understand if you can’t listen today. Just have a lovely weekend and we’ll talk to you on Tuesday.     

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Ep #99: Post-Olympics reset   

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming...The Olympics are over and it’s time to return to regular sports (until the next Olympics in February, of course). So to get us back on track, Steph and guest host Courtney are giving us a state of the union on all our favorite leagues: WNBA, NWSL, and the like. Hit that play button!     

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Ep #98: Olympics Edition: Christine Sinclair's and Tokyo 2020's impact on soccer   

No shockers here: CanWNT are gold medalists, and you know we have to get into it. After two weeks of Olympics action, Ellen and Steph are looking at some of the amazing moments that women have given us over the past two weeks of Olympics action, and of course, we’re starting with the big one: today’s gold medal soccer match.    

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Ep #97: Olympics Edition: Team USA basketball going for gold and global warming    

 With the women’s soccer final being pushed to nighttime to avoid the sun (seriously), Ellen and guest host Vanessa are chatting about the weather (we promise, it’s way more fun than it sounds), before looking at the team event finals — including Team USA basketball — coming up in the last three days of the Olympics. Tune in.    

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Ep #96: Olympics Edition: Out with the old, in with the new   

It’s out with the old, in with the new at this year’s Olympic Games...or is it? With Andre De Grasse’s gold medal win in the 200m, Ellen and guest host Courtney are looking at how De Grasse can fill the GOAT-shaped void left by Usain Bolt, and if other rising stars like gymnast Sunisa Lee and swimmer Caeleb Dressel can do the same.  

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Ep #95: Olympics Edition: Athletes and asylum seeking   

After Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was forced to seek asylum at the Polish embassy in Tokyo last weekend, Ellen and guest host Vanessa are looking at why some athletes defect during the Olympics. But first, they discuss which Olympic sport they could definitely (not) medal in if they had four years to train. Join us, won’t you? .  

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Ep #94: Olympics Edition: The USWNT can't win 'em all   

Did the Canadian women’s national soccer team win today’s Olympic semifinal...or did the USWNT lose it? In this special Olympic edition of the pod, Ellen and Steph look at what went wrong and what went right in this match-up for the ages, before chatting about Canadian soccer star Quinn and Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, the first trans athletes trailblazing their ways through the Olympics. Give it a listen, won’t you? 

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Ep #93: Olympics Edition: Week 1 recap and USWNT vs CanWNT preview  

After one full week of the Olympics, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz recap the first week of the Games and preview the biggest rivalry of the Olympics yet: USWNT vs. CanWNT semifinal on Monday at 4 a.m. ET.  

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Ep #92: Olympics Edition: Are athletes *actually* competing *for* their countries?   

Inspired by golfer Rory McIlroy saying “I am not a very patriotic guy” and “I want to represent the game of golf more than anything else,” Ellen Hyslop and guest host Vanessa Sanchez ask the question: what are athletes actually representing at the Olympics? Is it their country, or their sport, or their families, or themselves? And as fans, what or who are we really cheering for?  

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Ep #91: Olympics Edition: Non-binary athletes are already being misgendered  

 With at least 170 publicly out LGBT2Q+ athletes competing in Tokyo, these Olympics are the most “out” Games yet. In today’s episode, Ellen and Courtney are celebrating these Olympians while also looking at some of the issues they continue to face at these Games, including the media misgendering non-binary athletes and trans athlete facing abuse online.   

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Ep #90: Olympics Edition: Simone Biles and mental health at the Games

After Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the women’s gymnastics team final this morning, guest hosts Vanessa and Courtney take a look at how she prioritized her mental health while dealing with the weight of the nation on her shoulders, and what comes next for the GOAT. Add that to a few more highlights from the Games and what to watch tonight, and you have yourself another Olympics Edition pod. Take a listen, won’t you?  

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Ep #89: Olympics Edition: The kids are alright

On our first Olympics Edition episode, guest hosts Vanessa and Courtney chat about their favorite Olympic moments so far, what they’re looking forward to watching tonight and how in awe they are of the young Olympians — like skateboarder Momiji Nishiya, swimmer Summer McIntosh and table tennis player Hend Zaza — who are running these Olympic Games. Tune in, won't you? 

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Ep #88: Ellie Black on the Tokyo Games, Simone Biles and preparing for her 3rd Olympics

Today, Ellen is joined by our very own regional contributor (and big Gymnastics fan) Annie Chan to chat with a very special guest, Canadian artistic gymnast Ellie Black. Ellie is participating in her third (!!!) Olympic Games and was kind enough to answer all of our burning questions about her training routine during lockdown, competing against Simone Biles and the vibe of her highly anticipated floor routine. If you’re not already excited about the Games yet, this is sure to get you pumped. Tune in, won’t you? 

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Ep #87: Olympics updates and a chat with two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach

 The Olympics have begun and so has our expanded coverage on The GIST of It. 

Today, Steph and guest host Vanessa dive into a few Olympics updates — including dismissals, resignations, heat waves, social media bans and, of course, COVID-19 — before we welcome the biggest star our podcast has ever seen (and heard): USWNT and two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach. Happy listening! 

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Ep #86: Update on the Tokyo Games and good news from the NHL

 Happy official/unofficial start of the Olympics...just in time for today’s episode! Today, Ellen and Steph have an update on the Tokyo Games hours before they begin, including a look at who’s not going to be there, before getting into a big announcement from the world of hockey.  

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Ep #85: Good luck banning sex at the Olympics

Today, Ellen and guest host Courtney Stith have updates on Olympic health and safety measures (even the ones that don’t totally make sense, like banning sex), WNBA star Nneka Ogwumbike’s petition to join the Nigerian women’s basketball team, and a follow up to Tuesday’s episode about the English men’s national soccer team and the online abuse that came after their loss. Tune in, won’t you?  

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Ep #84: Stephen A. Smith needs to Stephen A. Stop

 Today, Ellen and Steph are giving you the scoop on everything that followed Sunday’s European Championship final. The game may have been bad for England, but the post-game aftermath was even worse. Then they’ll pop back stateside to explore ESPN host Stephen A. Smith’s shocking comments on MLB All-Star Shohei Ohtani. It’s a biggie. 

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Ep #83: A COVID-safe sports buffet

Today, Ellen and Steph are bringing you the scoop on some big sporting events going on in jolly old England this weekend. Join us for a quick trip across the pond before returning to North America for our WTF, as we try to figure out if LA Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani is part superhero. 

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Ep #82: What to know about the explosive fallout at ESPN

In today’s episode, Ellen and Steph discuss some deeply problematic Olympic news before diving deep into the explosive fallout at ESPN after longtime reporter Rachel Nichols was caught on video making racist and disparaging comments against her colleague, Maria Taylor.  

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Ep #81: Abuse and inaction in the NBA and the NHL

 In today’s episode, Ellen and Steph are breaking down two upsetting developments in the sports world: first, the hiring of NBA coaches with histories of abuse, and second, the lack of action taken by the Chicago NHL team against a former coach accused of sexual abuse. The topics discussed today are disturbing and upsetting, but given the prevalence and frequency of these events, it’s an incredibly important conversation.*

*This episode contains mentions of sexual abuse, sexual assault and domestic abuse that may be triggering for some.  

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Ep #80: Carl Nassib and coming out in the sports world

 In today’s episode, Steph is joined by special guest co-host Courtney to dive back into NFLer Carl Nassib’s coming out, the impact it’s already had on the sports world, and what’s to come. They also share a heavy WTF moment from the hockey world. Tune in, won’t you?    

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Ep #79: An Olympic update: COVID-19, the first openly trans athlete, Caster Semenya status

 In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give you an Olympic state of the zone, updating you on COVID-19’s impact on the Games, introducing you to the Games first-ever openly trans athlete and giving the low down on two-time Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya’s status. Add that to a racist WTF moment from the NWSL and you have yourself a podcast.    

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Ep #78: Everything you need to know about the WNBA Commissioner's Cup 

In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph have the scoop on the WNBA’s new lucrative in-season tournament: the Commissioner's Cup. Mix in some WNBA Twitter drama and a conversation around play and pay disparity between the NBA and the W and you have yourself a podcast.  

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Ep #77: How much is too much coverage? Catastrophic moments in sports 

 In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about how TV broadcasters deal with medical emergencies in live sporting events, after watching Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen suffer a cardiac arrest during the Euros on Saturday. And then Ellen gives us a personal WTF moment after her sports fandom was questioned. It’s a can’t-miss. 

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Ep #76: Aaron Rodgers and the Packers saga explained

 In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down the drama between quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers announced he wanted to leave Green Bay earlier this year, but management has other plans. Add that to a WTF moment from the NCAA’s handling of the Women’s College World Series and this episode is packed with more drama than an episode of Big Little Lies.   

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Ep #75: Racism and homophobia in the world's most global game

Following some unsavory fan behavior in England and the U.S., co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Stephanie Rotz talk about racism and homophobia in men’s soccer — important topics ahead of this week’s Euros and next month’s Olympics. This episode is a must-listen.   

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Ep #74: The NFL's "race norming" explained

 In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk through the bombshell that the NFL dropped this week: their decades long, deeply racist practice of “race norming” that, TBH, the majority of the sports world didn’t know was happening. This is one you don’t want to miss.  

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Ep #73: Media boycotts and mental health

And with our first Tuesday episode, we’re diving into explosive news from Paris: Naomi Osaka’s media boycott and withdrawal from the French Open. There’s more than one side to this story, and co-hosts Ellen and Steph will cover them all. Tune in to get the full scoop, and to hear a GISTer-submitted WTF moment from the MLB. 

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Ep #72: Body shaming in sports

Following Connecticut Suns Head Coach Curt Miller’s offensive and inappropriate comments about three-time WNBA star Liz Cambage’s weight, this week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph dive deep into this situation discussing the power dynamic of protected abuse, body shaming in sports and the intersectionality throughout it all. Add that to a WTF moment from the NFL and this is truly a heated podcast. Tune in, won’t you? 

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Ep #71: Pregnancy is not an injury - the Mandy Bujold case

This week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss how motherhood and maternity leave are unfairly leaving a world-class boxer, Mandy Bujold, out of the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. Mandy also joins the pod to chat through what’s next for her, how she’s physically and mentally managing the situation and what you can do to help her. An important convo. Tune in, won’t you? 

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Ep #70: WNBA and NWSL and NHL Playoffs, oh my!

Ahead of the WNBA and NWSL season starts and the beginning of the NHL playoffs, Ellen and Steph give you “the gist” of everything you need to know in each. Bonus? This week, they’re joined by co-host of the Diaspora podcast, Courtney Stith to talk about all things NWSL.

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Ep # 69: Caitlyn Jenner needs to take a step back

This might be the most important episode of The GIST of It yet.

After Olympic gold medalist and transwoman, Caitlyn Jenner said that she supports recent state legislation banning transgender kids from playing on sports teams that match their gender identities, Ellen and Steph paint the full picture on America’s latest anti-trans bills.

From the background of the bills and the arguments for them, to why the bills are dangerous and harmful and how corporations and people can help, Steph and Ellen cover it all. Tune in, won’t you?

*Adult/explicit language is used

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Ep #68: The Simone Biles effect and the Women’s World Hockey Championship aftermath

This week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of (and their opinions on): 

We’re talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #67: How the European Super League totally forgot about women’s soccer 

Following Sunday’s bombshell news about the creation of the European Super League (ESL), this week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on all of the drama including:

  • What the ESL is, why it started and why it will likely never get off the ground
  • How the ESL differs from the current UEFA Champions League (UCL)
  • Reactions from around the world
  • Why the ESL will be/would have been detrimental to the women’s game

We don’t talk about European soccer that much, but this one’s a doozy. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #66: The NCAA finally gets it right, Megan Rapinoe puts Draymond Green in his place, the gist of the WNBA draft

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on everything you need to know about tomorrow’s WNBA draft, the Megan Rapinoe and Draymond Green saga, and how the NCAA is supporting trans athletes. We stan. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #65: The Masters: the good, the bad and the ugly — 2021 Edition 

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on everything you need to know about the Masters. From the good — like what makes the tournament so special and who’s favored to win — to the bad — like the current voting controversy in Georgia and the Masters’ ugly sexist and racist past — Ellen and Steph, in addition to transphobia in the NWHL, cover it all. Tune in, won’t you?  

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Ep #64: The gist of the 2021 MLB Season

Play ball! This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of the upcoming MLB season covering everything from the basics, to women breaking barriers, to the drama. Add that to some March Madness chats and a mind-boggling WTF moment and you have yourself a podcast. Tune in, won’t you?

Today’s podcast was made possible thanks to our friends at Incipio. Check out their 100% compostable and stylish Organicore phone cases here

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Ep #63: Gender disparity in the NCAA: a deep dive

After Oregon Duck Sedona Prince called out the very obvious differences between the men’s and women’s NCAA March Madness tournaments, co-hosts Ellen and Steph dive deeper into what’s gone on behind-the-scenes to allow this gender disparity to happen. Add that to a WTF moment brought to you by Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson and this podcast will have your blood boiling. Tune in, won’t you?

Today’s podcast was made possible thanks to our friends at Pepperdine University. Learn more about Pepperdine’s top-25-ranked online MBA program here.

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Ep #62: Everything you need to know about March Madness

After two years of waiting, it’s finally time for March Madness! This week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give you “the gist” of the tournament. From how it’s organized, to COVID-19 protocols and teams and players to watch on both the men’s and women’s side, this podcast is your one-stop listen for all things college ball. Jump in, will ya?

This week's podcast was made possible thanks to Pepperdine University’s top-25-ranked online MBA program. Learn more about Pepperdine’s online MBA here.

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Ep #61: Racism, sexism, the Royal family and sports

Following Oprah’s bombshell interview with Harry and Meghan, and Serena Williams’ response, Ellen and Steph talk about the intersections between racism, sexism, classism, the Royal family, and elitist sports. Add that to yet another college coach being accused of sexual misconduct and we’re diving deep into some important topics this week. Tune in won’t you?

Today’s podcast was made possible thanks to Pepperdine University’s top-25-ranked online MBA program. Learn more about Pepperdine’s online MBA here.

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Ep#60: Changing hockey culture with former NHLer Akim Aliu

This week our very own Steph Rotz interviewed former NHLer and founding member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA), Akim Aliu. They discuss the need to change hockey culture, how change should start at the grassroots level, and more. Tune in, won’t you?

Today’s podcast was made possible by our friends at Scotiabank. Their Scotiabank’s Girls HockeyFest virtual summit is happening this Sunday — sign up before it’s too late.

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Ep #59: What the heck is going on in Barcelona?

This week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give an explainer on FC Barcelona’s off-field drama. From the social media smear campaign, they allegedly created to target former and current players and the resulting arrests of top staff members, to say this one is a mess would be an understatement. All that and more in today’s podcast. Tune in, won’t you?

Today’s podcast was made possible by our friends at Threads — our go-to direct-to-consumer tights and hosiery brand. Get 20% off your tights here by using code GIST at checkout.

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Ep #58: Tiger Woods: The car accident & his impact on sports

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about Tiger Woods’ shocking car accident, while also taking a step back to discuss the ups and downs of his career and, ultimately, the lasting impact that Tiger Woods has had on the world of golf, and sports. 

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Ep #57: NBA drama, Aussie Open action, skier Mikaela Shiffrin besting the men

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down all of the NBA drama including Golden State Warrior Draymond Green calling out the league for their unfair double-standard on how they treat teams and players when it comes to trades. Juicy. Add that to a woman worth watching moment of the week featuring alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, and this podcast has everything you need. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #56: “The gist” of the Australian Open

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down everything you need to know about the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. Ellen and Steph cover the tournament format, the key players to watch, and the off-court drama including why the arena named after Margaret Court needs to be changed. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #55: Everything you need to know about Super Bowl LV

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down everything you need to know about Super Bowl LV. From how the two teams match up, to key players to watch and storylines to know about, Ellen and Steph have you covered. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl podcast without covering the halftime show, the commercials, and the food. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep#54: The NWHL’s messy relationship with Barstool Sports, explained

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down the off-ice situation between the NWHL, Barstool Sports and Barstool’s CEO Erika Nardini. If you saw this on your Twitter feed and wondered “what the heck is happening?” we have you covered. Add this to an NFL-inspired WTF moment and you have yourself a podcast. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #53: Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers' off-field drama and NY Mets GM firing, explained

GISTers had questions and we have answers: ahead of the NFL’s Conference Championships on Sunday, co-hosts Ellen and Steph explain the frayed relationship between Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his famous Bachelorette alum brother, Jordan. Meanwhile, this week’s WTF moment is all about the firing of NY Mets General Manager Jared Porter. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #52: Everything you need to know about the 2021 NHL season

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of the 2021 NHL season. From its new format, to teams to watch, to players to watch, and to how hockey culture needs to improve, they cover it all. It’s the best game you can name. So tune into it, won’t you?

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Ep #51: Everything you need to know about the NFL Playoffs

In today’s special pop-up podcast, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on the NFL Playoffs. From teams and players to watch, to how to play fantasy, to their Super Bowl predictions, Ellen and Steph give you the need-to-know info in less than 20 minutes. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #50: How COVID-19 is impacting sport in 2021

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of how COVID-19 is expected to impact sports in 2021. From the major leagues, to tennis grand slams, to March Madness, and to Tokyo 2020 (that’s really 2021), they cover it all. Add that to some sexist and ageist comments directed toward Serena Williams and you have yourself a podcast. Start your 2021 on a high note, won’t you?

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Ep #49: Get “the gist” of the 2021 World Juniors

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of everything you need to know for the World Juniors. From the tournament format, to COVID-19 precautions, to players to watch, Ellen and Steph cover it all. Add that to some progress in women’s sports and you have yourself a podcast. End your 2020 on a high note, won’t you?

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Ep #48: Everything you need to know about the 2020-21 NBA season

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of everything you need to know about for the upcoming NBA season. From the changes enforced by COVID-19, to the new play-in playoff structure, to big signings and moves over the offseason, they cover it all. Get ready for Tuesday’s tip-off by tuning in, won’t you?

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Ep #47: Sportsperson of the Year drama explained

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on the controversy behind this year’s Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year awards. From whitewashing to transphobia, this episode will have you shaking your head.

Plus, the NHL has a new start date, world soccer prepares for the UEFA Women’s Champions League and the US Women’s Open golf tournament is just around the corner. Add in our WTF moment of the week and you have yourself a podcast.Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #46: A chat with former No. 1 NHL Draft pick Taylor Hall, USWNT lawsuit updates, COVID-19 in the NFL, and gender inequity in the U.K.

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph sat down with former No. 1 NHL Draft pick, MVP and Buffalo Sabre Taylor Hall to talk about the NHL bubble, how to manage change and why inclusion in sports is so necessary. Add that to some USWNT lawsuit updates, NFL COVID-19 news, and new gender inequity reports for female footballers in the U.K. and you have yourself a podcast. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #45: The Pope, Megan Rapinoe and a turtle walk into a bar

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give you the gist on the quick hits you need (think: The Pope x NBA, COVID-19 in the NFL and MLS playoffs) while diving deep on some key talking points about equality and equal pay in sports. Just in time for your Thanksgiving Zoom debate, er, dinner. Tune in won’t you?

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Ep #44: NBA free agency, a conversation with sports journalist Tara Slone, and hockey culture

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph sat down with literal rockstar and sports journalist Tara Slone to talk about hockey culture, women supporting women and the importance of participating in youth sports. Add that to a spicy conversation about the NBA, and you have yourself a podcast. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #43: The Masters: the good, the bad and the ugly

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on everything you need to know about The Masters. From what’s changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, to who’s favored to win, to The Masters’ ugly sexist and racist past, Ellen and Steph cover it all. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #42: How sports meets suffrage

In light of the recent American elections, this week co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about the major role female athletes played in securing women’s voting rights and how female athletes today are leaders in encouraging civic engagement. Talk about girl power. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #41: Why Antonio Brown playing shows the NFL doesn’t care about women

Trigger warning: This podcast discusses sexual assault and rape. Please care for yourself however you see fit.

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about star wide-receiver Antonio Brown returning to the NFL. From locker room drama to sexual assault and misconduct, Brown’s imminent signing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is gobsmacking. The NFL is yet again demonstrating that the league and it’s teams value winning over the safety and wellbeing of women. Buckle up and tune in.

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Ep #40: A convo with world champ and Olympic gold medalist, US hockey’s Meghan Duggan

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph interview legendary US national hockey team captain, Meghan Duggan. The Olympic gold medalist and seven-time world champ discusses her career, her fight for equality and subsequent pay equity (hint: they won), girl's participation in sports, motherhood and her aspirations to become the first female general manager of an NHL team. You don’t want to miss this. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #39: Sexism and COVID-19, on the rocks

Following the LA Lakers NBA Finals win, this week co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about the double-standards female athletes (like GOAT Sue Bird) face in sports. They also give “the gist” of everything you need to know about how COVID-19 continues to impact the MLB and the NFL, and why the Hockey Diversity Alliance is separating from the NHL. Interesting stuff. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #38: Why aren’t there more Black coaches?

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph dive into the lack of Black, female and Black female coaches in pro sports, specifically looking at leagues with majority Black players. Unfortunately, the results will shock you. What won’t shock you? The Seattle Storm as your 2020 WNBA Champions. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #37: Everything you need to know about the NBA Finals

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on everything you need to know about the 2020 NBA Finals (think player drama, celebrity involvement and more) and discuss why the NFL needs to act fast on their recent COVID-19 outbreak. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #36: The GIST, but rapid fire

It’s a beautifully busy time in sports, so this week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give their hot take on all the sports news you need to know right now in less than 25 minutes. Get #thegist of what’s going on with the NHL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, French Open, NFL and college sports. It’s breadth, not depth, baby. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #35: Mental health stigma in sports

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss the incredibly insensitive and damaging remarks from reporter Skip Bayless on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott speaking up about his depression. They also touch on radio host Dan McNeil’s wildly sexist remarks about NFL sideline reporter Maria Taylor. So much for the NFL being better this year, eh? Tune in.

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Ep #34: Everything you need to know about the 2020 NFL season

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on everything you need to know about the upcoming 2020 NFL season (think COVID-19 implications, BLM initiatives and more) and discuss why Serena Williams continues to be unfairly portrayed by sports media. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #33: Colleges are taking advantage of Black athletes

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on the sports world’s restart of the restart and discuss whether or not it's time for student-athletes, especially Black student-athletes, to unionize. Interesting stuff. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #32: Sexism and homophobia in sports? No way!

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on the sports world’s reaction to the shooting of unarmed Black man Jacob Blake and discuss the horrible sexist and homophobic remarks coming from NHL and MLB commentators. If only we could be done with this sh!t. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #31: Playoffs, COVID-19 and the USWNT walk into a bar

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give their review on the first round of the NHL and NBA playoffs, talk about the havoc COVID-19 is still wreaking across the sports world and why some U.S. women’s national soccer team players are ditching the NWSL to play overseas. The drama. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #30: Everything you need to know about the NHL & NBA playoffs, baby!

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of the first round of the NHL playoffs, (including their hot picks), and deep dive into what the NBA’s play-in tournament will look like. It’s the playoffs, baby...you never know what’s going to happen. Tune in, won't you?

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Ep #29: Guess which league is an absolute gongshow

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on how the COVID-19 pandemic is still negatively impacting sports. The MLB season is an absolute mess, college sports are still in danger and players are opting out of their respective seasons like flies. The drama. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #28: Everything you need to know about the return of the NBA and NHL

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on everything you need to know about the NBA and NHL season restarts and why the 2020 MLB season might be in jeopardy. The drama. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #27: Big names are investing in women’s sports

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on the NWSL’s expansion to Los Angeles with their new team Angel City. Backed by some massive names including actress Natalie Portman, GOAT tennis player Serena Williams, her Reddit co-founder husband Alexis Ohanian and actress America Ferrera, Ellen and Steph cover how this deal could change the women’s sports ecosystem as we know it. Exciting. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #26: Without college football, are college sports doomed?

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on college sports. With a couple of conferences canceling fall sports, including football, schools have had to cut some varsity sports teams and make changes to athletic scholarships indefinitely. Meanwhile, some football teams, led by well-paid white coaches, are urging the season to go ahead, putting their unpaid, majority Black, players at risk. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #25: Everything you need to know about the return of sports

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about sports returning to play. From leagues that are already underway like the NWSL, to the NBA (that’s still going to Disney World), to the NHL (that finally has a plan), Ellen and Steph cover it all. And bonus: they give you #thegist of what each of the leagues, and players, are doing (or not doing) for the Black Lives Matter movement. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #24: NHL legend Darcy Tucker on the teams he hates, his stance on fighting in hockey and his TikTok debut

This week, NHL and Toronto Maple Leafs legend Darcy Tucker joins co-hosts Ellen and Steph to share his story. From playing in the NHL (where he literally took on an opponent’s entire bench by himself one time), to how he thinks the NHL can be more inclusive to how he’s styling his hair during quarantine, Tucker shares it all. Tune in won’t you?

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Ep #23: “You can’t win a championship without gays”

Did you know there are no openly queer athletes in the majors? In honor of Pride Month, co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss how heteronormative and gender binary ideals and the societal constructs of what’s “masculine” and “feminine” play a huge — and detrimental — part in the LGBT2Q+ community’s involvement in sports. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #22: The sports world is taking notice and making change

Following the murder of George Floyd on May 25th in Minneapolis, Minnesota we’ve seen protests, ongoing police brutality, and dangerous leadership from the White House. In today’s episode co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about the progress that sports teams, leagues and corporations have made (and not made) to help the sports world change for the better. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #21: Stick to sports? No way. Black Lives Matter.

Following the murder of George Floyd on May 25th in Minneapolis, Minnesota we’ve seen protests, ongoing police brutality, and dangerous leadership coming from the White House. In today’s episode co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about race, racism, oppression, and also talk about how important sports are as part of this equation with some athletes, some teams and some leagues using their voices to call for justice and reform. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #20: How sports change lives — accessibility in sport matters

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph are joined by Nicole Durand, who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, Julia Rose, whose four-year-old son has a condition that forces him to rely on tubes to survive for 12 hours a day and Ryan Kinsella whose son Quinn has cystic fibrosis. They share their stories on how sports have changed their and their families’ lives, and why accessibility in sport matters. Talk about gaining perspective. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #19: Hockey legend Cassie Campbell-Pascall on the importance of female role models, her team Canada story and being a woman in the broadcast booth

This week two-time Olympic gold medalist, six-time world champion and hockey broadcaster Cassie Campbell-Pascall joins co-hosts Ellen and Steph to share her story. From growing up figure skating to making the switch to play hockey, to captaining Team Canada to back-to-back to Olympic gold medals, to becoming the first woman in a hockey broadcast booth, Cassie Campbell-Pascall has truly done it all. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #18: Leading the change in women’s hockey with four-time Olympic gold medalist, Jayna Hefford

This week four-time Olympic gold medalist, seven-time world champion and fierce advocate for women in sports Jayna Hefford joins co-hosts Ellen and Steph to share her story. From growing up playing hockey with the boys, to scoring an Olympic gold medal-winning goal, to leading the change in women’s hockey, this Hockey Hall of Famer shares it all. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #17: Why is the NHL so sexist?

After some horrible private messages from Washington Capital Brendan Leipsic and other hockey players were publicly leaked last week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of WTF is wrong with the NHL and its sexist, old school, misogynistic culture. They also chat about some fun things from the soccer world (hint: USWNT star Alex Morgan is a new momma) and skateboarding world (hint: an 11-year-old broke a world record). Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #16: Motherhood and maternity leave in sports with two-time Olympian, Melissa Bishop-Nriagu

This week two-time Olympian, Canadian 800m record-holder and badass momma Melissa Bishop-Nriagu joins co-hosts Ellen and Steph to share her post-pregnancy comeback story. She shares how she prepared physically and mentally to get back on the track, how becoming a mother has enriched her life as an athlete and how motherhood and maternity leave uniquely impacts female athletes. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #15: Keeping girls in sport with SportsCentre's Kate Beirness

This week SportsCentre host, Toronto Raptors reporter, Her Mark Founder and total badass Kate Beirness joins co-hosts Ellen and Steph to share how she broke into the sports industry, how important sport is for young women and girls and how she thinks equal media exposure and pay equity for women is on the horizon. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #14: Real women don’t run, they said

This week, in honor of the Boston Marathon that was supposed to take place on Monday, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of the event’s wildly sexist history, highlighting the story of the brave Kathrine Switzer, who became the first woman to officially race in the Boston Marathon in 1967. They also give the lowdown on the 2020 NFL Draft and their two cents on the new Michael Jordan doc, The Last Dance. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #13: We’re playing basketball

This week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of the v. exciting upcoming WNBA draft, the, ahem, issues they had with ESPN’s HORSE, and how NBA games might take place in a bubble once they’re back. They also give you the low down on some interesting league expansions and cancellations, fangirl over superstar gymnast Simone Biles (because who isn’t fangirling?) and cheer for John Krasinski’s (aka Jim Halpert’s) latest good deed. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #12: Why is hockey so racist?

This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of WTF is wrong with hockey and its, shall we say, “old school” culture and a quick update on how the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact sport. They also chat about some fun things from the baseball world (hint: more home runs) and some not so fun things from the soccer world (hint: more corruption). Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #11: Wage gap and reality TV. What else could you want?

This week, in addition to chatting about pay inequity in sports in honor of Equal Pay Day, Ellen and Steph give #thegist of a spicy new quarantine-theme, 3-on-3 co-ed basketball reality TV show and obsess over sports power couple Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird. Have a listen, won’t you?

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Ep #10: There ~officially~ goes the Olympics

This week Ellen and Steph give #thegist of how the COVID-19 pandemic caused the Olympics to be postponed and why they’re not impressed with the International Olympic Committee’s handling of the rescheduling. Steph freaks out over power ice-couple Toronto Maple Leaf Morgan Reilly and figure skater Tessa Virtue and Ellen gags over the Curry family. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #9: Harry Styles and Tom Brady walk into a bar

This week Ellen and Steph give #thegist of how COVID-19 is impacting the sports world including how the NBA might look when it comes back as well as some of the concerns around moving forward with the Olympics. Ellen cries over the news of Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots, and Steph fangirls over Harry Styles rocking a Green Bay Packers jersey. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #8: Truth Hurts

In today’s episode of The GIST of It hosts Ellen and Steph give the COVID-19 sports update you need, talk about why Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James need to grow TF up, why USA Gymnastics just can’t put the Larry Nassar scandal behind them and why they’re obsessed with Katy Perry’s dancing cricket bats.

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Ep #7: A special IWD episode with The GIST’s founders

For today’s special International Women’s Day Episode, Ellen is joined by her two co-founders, Jacie deHoop and Roslyn McLarty, to talk about all things IWD and what it’s been like running a female-founded business in the male-dominated sports industry. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #6: Keep your stick on the ice, she said

This week Ellen and Steph give #thegist of what’s happening in women’s hockey, including the challenges and drama it’s facing. They also discuss crying over Tom Brady, the epic women's sports record Cricket Australia is hoping to break this weekend, and hot couple news from the NHL and figure skating world. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #5: Sabrina the #GOAT

This week Ellen and Steph give #thegist on college basketball #GOAT and record-breaking queen Sabrina Ionescu. They also discuss Kobe and GiGi Bryant’s Celebration of Life, the winners — and losers — of this year’s (rather sleepy) NHL trade deadline and how the coronavirus might adversely impact (aka cancel) the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #4: Baseball needs to figure its sh!t out

This week The GIST’s very own Ellen and Steph give #thegist on the USMNT public support of the USWNT, what they thought of the NBA All-Star game (and the controversial dunk contest) and go deep on the MLB’s Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal (and how baseball is giving them trust issues). Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #3: What’s a girl gotta do to get paid?

This week The GIST’s very own Jessica Koffie joins Ellen to talk about our favorite topic: gender and pay equity and what’s the latest with the USWNT's fight for equality. We promise you won’t want to miss this. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #2: Don't call it a comeback

Get #thegist of: 

  • What hosts Ellen and Steph thought of the Super Bowl
  • Their thoughts on who really won the Super Bowl - JLo or Shakira (hint: it’s both)
  • What went down in the down under at the Australian Open
  • What’s happening in CONCACAF (and WTH that stands for)
  • What's making them shake their heads this week (it may or may not include a president's tweet)

Tune in won’t you?

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Ep #1: It’s the Super Bowl, baby!

Get #thegist of all things Super Bowl — everything from the things to know about each team, the key players to watch, the halftime show plot twist you didn’t see coming, and the crazy expensive commercials. Tune in, won’t you?

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