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"Between the Lines: A Podcast About Sports and the Law" with Gabe Feldman

July 27, 2020 9:00 PM

Sports law professor and Center for Sport co-founder Gabe Feldman recently launched Between the Lines: A Podcast About Sports and the Law. The podcast will look at current and breaking stories in the sports world and tell the largely untold (and often misunderstood) legal story behind the headlines. It will also explore significant sports stories and lawsuits that have been overlooked or forgotten.

According to Feldman, the goal of the podcast is to help people understand why and how each of these stories and cases have had such a big impact on the sports world and beyond.

The podcast is for sports fans who want to understand more about sports. Most of the rules in sports—from salary caps to free agency restrictions to television deals to franchise relocation requirements to NCAA amateurism rules— are the way they are because of the law, and not simply because teams, leagues, or players want them that way. This podcast will help you become a better and more educated sports fan.

The podcast is also for people who may or may not like sports, but who want to explore the idea of sports as a mirror of society. This podcast will help us see sports tell us about bigger social, financial and political issues. For example, what can return-to-play issues for college and pro sports tell us about how we value the health and safety of our students, the role of athletics in education, economic and civil rights, and the role of sports in society generally?

Episode 1 features Feldman and Jessica Berman, deputy commissioner of the National Lacrosse League, discussing the decision to cancel and restart a pro sports league season in the middle of a pandemic, how leagues are handling social justice issues, whether Dippin' Dots is truly the ice cream of the future, and more.

Episode 2 features De Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, and Dr. Chris Howard, president of Robert Morris University and member of the Knight Commission. They join professor Feldman for a conversation about the return of the NFL, the battle for college athlete rights, approaches to increasing diversity in NFL front offices and on college campuses, colleges cutting sports, and broader issues of race, sports, and society.

Episode 3 features Dr Thom Mayer, NFLPA Medical Director, and epidemiologist Zach Binney discussing what factors into the return of NFL & Power 5. And who has the higher BMI—Derrick Henry or Donald Trump? 

Episode 4 focuses on The Legal Issues Behind the Craziness in College Sports: Waivers,Nebraska's threat to leave the Big 10,NFL games on Saturdays, a plea to stop using the word "robust,"& more. 

Episode 5 features ESPN Analyst Jay Bilas on All Things College Sports, the NCAA’s Ongoing Legal Battles, and College Basketball Bubbles. 

Episode 6 is Explaining the Legal Issues Driving the Craziness in College Sports (Part II- The Sequel!) with his very special guest Tulane Law School Dean of Students (and Feldman's wife) Abigail Gaunt.

Episode 7: Rich Eisen, NFL host and ESPN SportsCenter anchor, and Cousin Sal, co-host of Fox Sports Bet Live, join the podcast to discuss the future of sports media, the impact of legalized sports gambling, sports in the time of covid, and the misery of being a Jets fan.