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Natalie Weiner


Sports, Tradition and Climate Change

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. ESPN just published a feature on “reimagining the college football…

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LIV Golf and Ethical Consumption Under Capitalism

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. I should probably begin this column by acknowledging I know…

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Make Women’s Sports Easy To Watch and People Will Watch Them

It happened to me: I went to a sports bar and asked them to change the channel away from a women’s sporting event. I know! A betrayal of the movement and everything it stands for — but, I think, for a good cause. I was trying to watch the WNBA…

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The WNBA and the Paradox Of The ‘Progressive’ Sports League

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Is the WNBA progressive? The league has created a “new…

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What Makes A WNBA Star?

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. When it comes to the question of individual starpower, the…

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The Sports World Needs To Acknowledge Climate Change

UCLA and USC are planning on joining the Big Ten, according to a timeline-busting report yesterday. That news obviously has a huge ripple effect — namely, the disintegration of one of college sports’ oldest and most powerful conferences and a complete reshaping of the college sports landscape. As The Athletic’s…

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Sports, Rights, and Bodies As Battlegrounds: Roe v. Wade and Title IX

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. 50 years ago this week, a series of civil rights…

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College Athlete Unions May Be Coming Sooner Than We Thought

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Victor Matheson, who literally co-wrote the book on sports economics (see: The Economics…

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How New Stadiums Sabotage Communities, With Sports Economist Victor Matheson

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Stadium and arena financing don’t typically get much play in this column because…

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The W.N.B.A. Is Finally Changing Its Tune On Expansion

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. For the first time in over a decade, the W.N.B.A. is making a…

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Softball Is Proof Of Sports Investors’ Terrible Logic

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. When you’re a fan of women’s sports, it’s very hard…

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What U.S. Soccer Finally Awarding Equal Pay To Its Women’s Team Means For Women’s Sports

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. This week, the women’s sports world got a rare dose…

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Oh Please, The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue isn’t “Empowering” Women Athletes

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Earlier this week, Sports Illustrated announced one spread in its 2022 swimsuit issue…

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The NWSL is Offering the WNBA a Model for Expansion and Investment

“The environment is there, the business community is showing up, the fans are showing up, the players are excited and engaged,” NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman said at the espnW Summit in New York this week when asked about league expansion. “The time is now.” Compare that to what WNBA commissioner…

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Mark Emmert’s ‘Departure’ Should Be The NCAA’s Death Knell

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. A year after signing a contract extension that few could…

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like W.N.B.A. Scheduling?

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. We’re coming up on the first games of the season for the United…

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Brian Flores’ Suit Is Airing the NFL’s Dirty Laundry

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. The NFL has not found a way to quash now-Steelers…

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Women’s Sports T.V. Ratings News Can Be As Good Or Bad As Anyone Wants To Make It

The story of women’s college basketball broadcasts over the past decade (and also, always) is as follows. Twenty years ago, ESPN bought the rights to every single NCAA championship besides men’s basketball in a creatively named package called “Other Championships.” Everything from women’s basketball to rowing to whatever else was…

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The NCAA Should Budget For An Archive As It Expands Its Funding For Women’s Sports

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Last year, the unfair treatment that the NCAA had gotten…

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On Trans Athletes and the Idea of Acceptable Advantages

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. I want to fully dedicate this column to the very…

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