Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the biggest storylines from the opening weekend of March Madness. They also discuss how Oregon’s Sedona Prince used social media to expose the inequalities between the men’s and women’s tournaments. Finally, author Jessica Luther joins for a conversation about the assault lawsuits against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
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• Abilene Christian won ugly in its first-round matchup with Texas.
• Loyola-Chicago took down No. 1 seed Illinois.
• Paige Bueckers starred for UConn in her NCAA Tournament debut.
• Using the hashtag #NotNCAAProperty, NCAA basketball players lobbied for expanded rights and benefits, including compensation, for college athletes.
• A TikTok video by University of Oregon player Sedona Prince comparing the men’s and women’s weight rooms went viral. The NCAA apologized and upgraded the facility.
• Prince is one of two athletes suing the NCAA over the right to profit from their name, image, and likeness.
• There were also disparities between the men’s and women’s tournaments in COVID testing, child care, and swag bags—including the number of pieces in jigsaw puzzles.
• South Carolina coach Dawn Staley, former Notre Dame coach Muffett McGraw, and Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer decried the unequal treatment.
• Alex Kirshner’s story in Slate: “How the NCAA Has Been Screwing Over Women’s Sports for Years”
• Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins wrote that the NCAA “would begrudge women’s athletes so much as an equal amount of air in a tire if they thought it might come at a man’s expense.”
• The New York Times’ rundown of the assault lawsuits against Deshaun Watson.
• More details on the lawsuits from KHOU.com.
• A 2016 NYT profile of Lisa Friel, who’s investigating the Watson cases for the NFL.
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On this week’s bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, and Josh talk about new TV deals for the NFL and NHL, and what they mean for the future of sports broadcasting rights.
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