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📺 On the telly
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📱 Nothing but net
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💸 Feeling brand NewCo
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⚽ Pitching in
Olympic sprinter Andre De Grasse invests in AFC Toronto City
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🏟️ Current affairs
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🌹 Accept this rose
The Portland Thorns were sold to the Bhathal family for a record $63M
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💥 Secret (free) agents
Money moves in NWSL free agency
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Labor disputes in soccer: CanWNT & MLS referees
Ep #343

Labor disputes in soccer: CanWNT & MLS referees

February 27, 2024

Hi there!

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.

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