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Natalie Weiner


“Female Empowerment” Enables Women’s Sports Leagues to Perpetrate Harm

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. Content warning for a brief mention of sexual misconduct and abuse. The National…

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Urban Meyer and the Women He Treats as Collateral Damage

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. Content warning for mention of domestic abuse. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan hired…

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Cat Osterman on Retirement, the State of Softball, and Why She Will Always Love the Art of Pitching

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. Crowning GOATs is a fixation of contemporary sports media and fans, and is…

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Somehow, It’s Normal To Attend Sporting Events In The Middle Of The Pandemic

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 seven-day average for American deaths due to COVID-19 is currently 2,075 per…

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Letter of Recommendation: Athletes Unlimited Softball

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. Sometimes, especially for those of us who work in and…

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An Interview With ESPN’s Katie Barnes on Trans Athletes, NIL Changes and More

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. There is no one I trust more when it comes to talking about…

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Breaking: Women’s Sports Sponsored Because People Like Watching Them, Just Like Men’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. Companies sponsor men’s sports in order to make money. Companies sponsor women’s sports…

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Why Does The NCAA Exist?

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. Content warning for a mention of sexual assault. The NCAA…

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Unions Are Imperative For Professional Women Athletes To Get More Respect (And Bigger Paychecks)

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, we heard all-too-familiar rhetoric from the commissioner of…

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New Report Says The NCAA Doesn’t Value 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. A new report released this week confirmed that fifty years…

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Aari McDonald and Arizona en route to the Final Four.

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If The U.S. Wants To Lead The World Of Women’s Sports, It Has To Encourage Professionalization

The Japanese Women’s Softball League was founded in 1968 — and unlike any of its stateside counterparts from that period, it’s still active. The league has 12 teams that pay a decent enough salary to entice players from the U.S. and elsewhere to participate, with semi-recent estimates putting that number…

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The Japanese national softball team immediately after their clinched the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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The Olympics Are Here. What Are You Going To Do About It?

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. Today is the opening ceremony for Tokyo 2020, the 32nd Summer Olympics and…

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The NCAA Isn’t Keeping Athletes Safe, and Martin McNair Wants To Do Something About It

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. What Martin McNair endured almost can’t even be described as…

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Without Fans, The Tokyo 2020 Olympics’ Brutal Excess Will Be Inescapable

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. Every Olympics is plagued by corruption and excess. It’s normally…

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IOC President Thomas Bach visits the new Olympic Stadium nine months before the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony. Greg Martin/IOC

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Breaking: NCAA Accepts Making The Smallest Possible Change When It’s Clear They Have No Other Option

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. At almost literally the eleventh hour, the NCAA removed barriers to college athletes…

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Carl Nassib Gave Us A Rare Moment Of Untempered Joy

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. Four years ago, I wrote a story about My-King Johnson, one of the…

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Asking Athletes About Their COVID-19 Vaccination Status Is A Journalist’s Job

Why do we need to know an athlete’s COVID-19 vaccination status? That question is behind renewed animus towards sports reporters from the inescapable Twitter peanut gallery, who view merely asking an athlete whether or not they have been vaccinated as a violation of privacy. Never mind that journalism is an…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Women’s Sports Marketing: A Q and A With Sociologist Rachel Allison

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. Few topics are subject to more widespread consternation in the world of women’s…

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U.S. women's national soccer team, in Pride-themed jerseys.

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The Best Time I Spent 11 Hours At The Women’s College World Series

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’ve wanted to go to the Women’s College World Series for years. In…

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UCLA and FSU competing in the Women's College World Series.

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51 Years of the Women’s College World Series

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. It took a man named Don “Pappy” Joe to create the Women’s College…

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Sydney Pennington after setting the Oklahoma State career home run record in the first weekend of the NCAA softball tournament.

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