A League of HER Own is building girls’ self-esteem through community hoops
A League of HER Own is building girls’ self-esteem through community hoops
This feature is brought to you by the Toronto Raptors and MLSE Foundation’s A League of HER Own, a girls-only basketball league created in partnership with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation to address the gender participation gap in sports.
June 18, 2024
⚾ Dancing in the rain
Men’s College World Series semifinals take the field today (weather permitting)
Fans will be treated to three high-stakes matchups today on ESPN — assuming the weather cooperates.
June 19, 2024
🏒 Not done yet
Edmonton Oilers win thrilling Game 5, send series back to Alberta
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It wasn’t a fluke — the Edmonton Oilers (now down 3-2) have turned the tides in the Stanley Cup Final, officially forcing a Game 6 against the Florida Panthers back home in Alberta. Oh Canada is right.
June 19, 2024
🏀 Alone at the top
Boston Celtics win NBA-record 18th franchise championship
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ICYMI, the Boston Celtics won their NBA-record 18th championship with Monday’s Game 5 106–88 rout of the Dallas Mavericks. While they fire up the duck boats, here’s a look at Boston’s historic victory, by the numbers.
June 19, 2024
⛳ Chip off the old block
A preview of the 70th KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
The world’s best women’s golfers are taking over the Pacific Northwest as the 70th KPMG Women’s PGA Championship — the third of five LPGA majors — tees off from the Sahalee Country Club tomorrow with even more than the $10.4M purse on the line.
June 19, 2024
❓What is Juneteenth?
Celebrating Juneteenth and the intersection of sports and activism
Today’s Juneteenth — a U.S. holiday celebrating Black history and commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the States. But the landmark day only became a U.S. federal holiday in 2021, following a summer of protests against racial injustice in 2020.
June 19, 2024
🏅 A LOVB affair
LOVB employs 75% of USA Volleyball roster for Paris 2024 Olympics
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June 07, 2024
The U.S.’ Olympic women’s volleyball roster just dropped, and there’s a lot of love for League One Volleyball (LOVB). Nine of the 12 starters and two alternates on Team USA have already signed deals with LOVB Pro, an impressive feat considering the new pro volleyball league won’t begin play until November, well after the Games.
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Ep #374

Olympic trials continue & a celebration of Title IX

June 18, 2024
Olympic trials continue & a celebration of Title IX

Hey there!

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-host Steph Rotz and guest host Lauren Tuiskula discuss two big upcoming events: the 2024 Paris Olympics and the anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the landmark U.S. civil rights law.

First up, Steph and Lauren chat through the ongoing U.S. Olympic swimming trials and this weekend’s track & field trials, where some Olympic hopeful’s dreams will come true.

Then in part two, the gals dig into Title IX ahead of the 52nd anniversary this Sunday, June 23rd. The law has been crucial in leveling the playing field for women in sports, but there are still areas where it falls short.

A big thank you to our friends at Aflac for powering today’s episode! Just like The GIST tackles the gap in women’s sports coverage, Aflac closes the gap that health insurance leaves behind. Learn more at aflac.com/thegist.

And another thank you to Gainbridge for supporting today’s pod! The digital financial services leader wants to help you support women’s sports at the grassroots level. Visit ParityNow.co/ParityWeek to apply for $150K in grant money for orgs making a difference for women and girls in sport.

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📈 Cashing out
Las Vegas Aces estimated to have highest franchise valuation in the league
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Following up last year’s NWSL valuations, Sportico released estimated valuations for all 12 WNBA teams yesterday. Leading the pack? The back-to-back champions Las Vegas Aces at $140M, followed by the Seattle Storm at $135M.
June 19, 2024
✨ Sprinkle a little Magic
Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark follow in the footsteps of game-changing basketball rivalries
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It’s no secret that stars sell, and that’s exactly what the Chicago Sky’s Angel Reese and Indiana Fever’s Caitlin Clark did in their June 15th matchup, which was the most-watched WNBA game in 23 years. They’re poised to be the WNBA’s next big rivalry, and while all this attention may feel new, superstar clashes have powered the W and NBA in the past.
June 19, 2024
🏀 Pack up the brooms
Dallas Mavericks stave off NBA Finals sweep with Game 4 rout
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And just like that, the NBA Finals are no longer destined for the broom closet — the Dallas Mavericks staved off a sweep by the Boston Celtics (now up 3-1), routing the Cs 122–84 in Friday’s Game 4. These balls just keep bouncing.
June 17, 2024
🏒 Get in the action, feel the attraction
Edmonton Oilers erupt for eight goals to force Game 5 in Florida
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Okay, so the Edmonton Oilers scored eight goals? That did impress the queen of country pop… and helped the Oils avoid being swept by the Florida Panthers (now up 3-1). The Oils are showing signs of life with an 8–1 Saturday Game 4 rout under their belts, but now this series is heading back to Sunrise…
June 17, 2024
💰 Coming to collect
WNBA media rights deal could allow league to improve financing model
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The WNBA’s value is skyrocketing, and it’s projected to get up to $240M for its upcoming media rights deal, which will reportedly be negotiated alongside the NBA’s multibillion-dollar deal.
June 17, 2024