An Athletes Unlimited and Formula One preview
Ep #344

An Athletes Unlimited and Formula One preview

February 29, 2024

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Today’s episode of The GIST of It is a season preview doubleheader, with co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz breaking down the need-to-know storylines from the upcoming Athletes Unlimited Pro Basketball and Formula 1 campaigns.

First, the gals dive into the wild world of Athletes Unlimited, a unique pro sports league that operates under a fantasy-style system, crowning an individual champion at the end of each short season. Will your favorite WNBA superstar win it all this year?

And start your engines because part two is all about F1, the high-intensity, elite racing league loved by celebs and GISTers alike. And with just as much drama off the track as on it, this season is a must-watch, whether or not you’ve binged all six seasons of Drive to Survive.

Labor disputes in soccer: CanWNT & MLS referees
Ep #343

Labor disputes in soccer: CanWNT & MLS referees

February 27, 2024

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It’s all soccer, all the time in today’s episode of The GIST of It, thanks to two big labor battles brewing, one in the women’s game and one in the men’s. Co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz start off with the latest from the CanWNT, where the team’s players’ association is suing Canada Soccer for alleged financial negligence.

Then for part two, El and Steph kick it over to MLS to detail the ongoing referee lockout that remains in effect after the league’s season-opening weekend. Much to discuss.

 A WTF from Nebraska women’s basketball & soccer updates
Ep #342

A WTF from Nebraska women’s basketball & soccer updates

February 22, 2024

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Content warning: This episode contains mention of grooming, sexual abuse, and bullying.

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-host Steph Rotz and guest host Lauren Tuiskula start off with a seriously disturbing story out of NCAA basketball. A former Nebraska player filed a lawsuit earlier this week alleging that her former assistant coach groomed and sexually abused her. Steph and Lauren dig into the details, along with the troubling pattern of female athlete abuse by their school’s athletic staff. Absolutely horrific.

Part two features lighter news, though, with the kick-off of some exciting North American soccer action. The CONCACAF W Gold Cup is officially underway, featuring both the No. 2 USWNT and No. 10 CanWNT gearing up for this summer’s Olympics. Meanwhile, the new MLS season is about to enter full swing, highlighted by even more Messi mania. Footy, footy, footy, rockin’ everywhere.