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SI's Coronavirus and Sports podcast is bringing you stories and news updates about how the COVID-19 global pandemic is impacting the world of professional sports. Hosted by Luis Miguel Echegaray, this series will explore all the ways in which athletes, teams, leagues, fans, and everyone else in and around pro sports are dealing with the fallout from a completely unprecedented event. Listen every weekday as we all look to understand: What happens to sports when there are no sports?

SI's Coronavirus and Sports podcast is bringing you stories and news updates about how the COVID-19 global pandemic is impacting the world of professional sports. Hosted by Luis Miguel Echegaray, this series will explore all the ways in which athletes, teams, leagues, fans, and everyone else in and around pro sports are dealing with the fallout from a completely unprecedented event. Listen every weekday as we all look to understand: What happens to sports when there are no sports?

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SI's Coronavirus and Sports podcast is bringing you stories and news updates about how the COVID-19 global pandemic is impacting the world of professional sports. Hosted by Luis Miguel Echegaray, this series will explore all the ways in which athletes, teams, leagues, fans, and everyone else in and around pro sports are dealing with the fallout from a completely unprecedented event. Listen every weekday as we all look to understand: What happens to sports when there are no sports?

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English


Episodes

Podding the Bubble - Part 3: Will the NBA Bubble Burst?

7/29/2020
Podding the Bubble is a three-part mini-series taking a deep dive look into the biosphere created by the NBA in Orlando. Part 3 puts the NBA's plan into the context of what other major sports leagues are doing, and of the pandemic at large as it stands today. And with the help of global health expert and noted bioethicist, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, we try to answer the question: Was all of this a good idea? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:25:48

Podding the Bubble - Part 2: Will the NBA Players Go Stir Crazy?

7/28/2020
Podding the Bubble is a three-part mini-series taking a deep dive look into the biosphere created by the NBA in Orlando. Part 2 follows the lives of the NBA players inside the bubble who now face a unique challenge. How do they stave off restlessness and cabin fever for three months while living inside the bubble through the rest of the season and the playoffs? Not to mention, they still have to find a way to play their best basketball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:29:10

Podding the Bubble - Part 1: A Deep Dive into the NBA Biosphere

7/27/2020
Podding the Bubble is a three-part mini-series taking a deep dive look into the biosphere created by the NBA in Orlando. Part 1 explores how the NBA decided that a bubble was the right solution for them to be able to finish the 2019-2020 NBA season and conduct something resembling a normal playoffs and NBA finals. We'll also get into how the bubble is supposed to work on paper, both for players and basketball staff, as well as for Disney Parks employees, and for journalists. Learn more about...

Duration:00:21:55

Horse Racing Breaks With Tradition

5/26/2020
As one of the few sports positioned to stay afloat during the coronavirus shutdown, horse racing now appears poised for a big summer with the rescheduling of the Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Sports Illustrated senior writer Pat Forde breaks down how a sport steeped in tradition has successfully pivoted in response to the global pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:17:07

Bundesliga Behind Closed Doors: Keith Costigan

5/22/2020
The Bundesliga made a much-anticipated return to action, playing games in empty stadiums and adjusting logistics off the field to account for social distancing between coaches and players on the sidelines. The response was generally positive from fans and industry professionals, and now the league has soccer audiences around the world to itself. What can other top tier football leagues, like the Premier League in England or La Liga in Spain, learn from the Bundesliga's return to action? And...

Duration:00:17:15

Minor League Baseball on the Brink

5/19/2020
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred had already announced plans to reduce the number of affiliated minor league teams prior to the outbreak of coronavirus. With the pandemic grinding all sports to a halt, minor league baseball finds itself in an even more precarious situation. Sports Illustrated senior editor Jason Schwartz breaks down SI's Daily Cover on what comes next for minor league teams and the communities they help bind together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:23:06

The Lost Season of Little League

5/15/2020
A summer without Little League baseball would be unfathomable most years. But for the first time in its 73-year history, the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania has been canceled, leaving the status of leagues everywhere in question. Sports Illustrated baseball writer Matthew Martell breaks down the complications that ultimately led to the demise of the 2020 Little League World Series, and the ripple effects of the decision on amateur baseball across the country and...

Duration:00:22:45

Athletes Taking Action: Quinn Cook + Prince George's County

5/13/2020
ESPN's "The Last Dance" has helped fill the sports void as the coronavirus shutdown enters its third month, opening the door for other high-end documentary productions to take the spotlight as well. Los Angeles Lakers point guard Quinn Cook discusses his involvement in "Basketball County: In The Water," a new Showtime documentary produced by Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman that pays homage to Prince George's County, a small county in Maryland producing more pro basketball talent than anywhere...

Duration:00:21:34

The Human Toll on Sports Gambling

5/11/2020
Prior to coronavirus, the gambling industry was preparing for a banner year as various states had begun the process of legalizing sports betting. Now the sports gambling world can only wait and hope for the NFL, NBA, Premier League and other major professional sports organizations to return to action. Sports Illustrated senior writer Greg Bishop returns to the show to discuss what gamblers are doing in the short term to get their fix, how Vegas may actually stand to benefit when sports...

Duration:00:23:02

On The Verge of a Return: Chinese Basketball Association + Major League Soccer

5/8/2020
Professional sports leagues around the world are beginning to entertain the idea of returning to action sooner rather than later. Sports Illustrated senior writer Alex Prewitt breaks down the failed attempt to restart the Chinese Basketball Association, and what it means for former NBA players in the league whose health and safety hang in the balance. Then, ESPN commentator Taylor Twellman and Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya set the scene for MLS, which might be in a rare...

Duration:00:42:10

Athletes Taking Action: Siya Kolisi

5/6/2020
Siya Kolisi is the captain of the South Africa rugby national team, the first black man to hold that title, and led the team to victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final against England. One of the most influential athletes in one of his country's most popular sports, his platform extends far beyond the pitch. Siya discusses the work he and his newly-launched foundation have taken on to combat the crippling effects of coronavirus in South Africa, and adds perspective on what's really...

Duration:00:15:28

SI Dispatch: New Look MLB + Running's Lost Season

5/4/2020
As parts of the country begin to reopen, MLB eyes a return to action later this summer. What would a shortened 2020 season look like? And could answers lie in professional baseball leagues abroad? Sports Illustrated staff writer Emma Baccellieri shares the latest developments from around MLB. Then, how are professional running events like marathons, cross country and track and field adjusting? Sports Illustrated writer Chris Chavez says even though running is a popular pandemic activity,...

Duration:00:28:44

Athletes Taking Action: Danielle Kang + Dalilah Muhammad

5/1/2020
Athletes awaiting the return of their sports are finding ways to become involved as their friends, families, and communities grapple with the effects of the coronavirus shutdown. Danielle Kang discusses her efforts to combat an issue close to her heart, and Dalilah Muhammad shares her experience as a role model for young athletes everywhere. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:26:03

Sports Psychology in Quarantine: Denise Shull

4/29/2020
As time away from sports gets longer and tougher for athletes, the emotional toll can be just as overwhelming as the physical. Likewise, sports fans lacking the outlet of watching their favorite player, team or season are struggling to find joy during the shutdown. Performance, strategy, and decision advisor Denise Shull works with athletes on crafting their emotional well-being to overcome challenges in their careers. She helps address one of the underlying psychological struggles of the...

Duration:00:19:08

Weekend Recap: NFL Draft Pulls Off Major Success

4/27/2020
A quick recap of the recent developments around coronavirus and sports. The NFL executes a successful virtual 2020 Draft. Top Dutch soccer league Eredivisie officially calls off the remainder of its season. ESPN airs Episodes 3 and 4 of the Michael Jordan docuseries, "The Last Dance." Plus, a look ahead at this week's upcoming episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:08:06

Dilemmas of an Overseas Athlete: Priya Desai + Emily Dolan

4/24/2020
For most American professional athletes, the delays and stoppages brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have created uncertainty within the confines of the broader infrastructure of the American sports industry. But for those athletes whose careers have taken them overseas, the issues at play increase exponentially, Sports Illustrated reporter Priya Desai breaks down the issues facing American athletes navigating the pandemic from across the globe. And professional soccer player Emily...

Duration:00:23:01

Esports On The Rise: Carlos Rodriguez + Fabian Hällsten

4/22/2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has halted just about every aspect of the sports industry, with one notable exception. Esports have been steadily growing in popularity for years, and are now seeing exponential increases in both gamers and viewership on live-streamed events like leagues and tournaments. Carlos Rodriguez, founder of G2 Esports, and decorated esports athlete Fabian Hällsten share their experience in the gaming world, and why esports may be a rare source of community during a global...

Duration:00:24:31

The 2020 NFL Draft: Albert Breer + Solomon Wilcots

4/20/2020
After a month of speculation, questions about how the 2020 NFL Draft will be executed in a virtual format will be answered during the broadcast of the first round on Thursday, April 23rd. What should fans expect? And are there potential pitfalls that could derail the entire event? Sports Illustrated senior writer Albert Breer breaks down how the league is preparing for a Draft night unlike any other. Then former NFL player and PFF senior analyst Solomon Wilcots weighs in on the impact on...

Duration:00:34:37

Sports Media in Flux: Stephen Espinoza + Robin Lundberg

4/17/2020
As sports fans everywhere await the return of their favorite teams and leagues, the sports media industry looks for answers in the short and long term. President of Showtime Sports Stephen Espinoza breaks down how programming, production and development have shifted to meet the needs of an industry in flux. Then Sports Illustrated host Robin Lundberg shares his experience covering the most unique daily sports beat in modern history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:32:59

Setting Expectations: Dr. Zeke Emanuel + Aly Wagner

4/15/2020
What do medical experts think about the appropriate timeline for sports to return? Bioethicist and Special Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization Dr. Ezekiel "Zeke" Emanuel discusses what he believes is a realistic outlook for sports and society as whole while the medical community works to produce a vaccine for COVID-19. Then, former U.S. Women's National Team player and FOX Sports analyst Aly Wagner breaks down what the pandemic means for the USWNT, NWSL, and...

Duration:00:28:36