Why this matters
Across the United States, workers are holding truth to power and demanding respect and support from their employers. This power imbalance reared its head in the sports world amid a sexual misconduct scandal in the NWSL, but in the NFL, the Washington Football Team investigation serves as a reminder of how firmly entrenched sport's power brokers are.
The Global Sport Matters Podcast presents, in collaboration with Columbia University Sports Management, 'Sports Professors,' where professors Kenneth Shropshire and Scott Rosner discuss the 101 on what happened in sports business. Each episode gives you a quick recap of the past week in sports, before diving deeper into a bigger topic to look at what's happening and why it matters. This week: power, from the National Football League to the National Women's Soccer League.
Shropshire and Rosner discuss the fallout from Jon Gruden's resignation and the ongoing NFL investigation into the Washington Football Team and former president Bruce Allen as well as the sexual assault allegations and subsequent labor strife between the NWSL and its players. What do Gruden's emails and the NWSL scandal tell us about who wields power in sports and the precarity of these institutions?
About the hosts:
Kenneth L. Shropshire | Chief Executive Officer for the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University
Professor Shropshire is CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University. He took on this current leadership role following a 30-year career as an endowed full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Click here for more.
Scott Rosner | Professor of Professional Practice; Academic Director, M.S. in Sports Management Program, School of Professional Studies
As Academic Director of the Master of Science in Sports Management program, Scott Rosner leads all programmatic and curricular development efforts, creates professional development opportunities for students, and manages all strategic planning efforts for the program, including marketing, enrollment, student life, and alumni affairs. Rosner is also a Professor of Professional Practice, teaching graduate-level courses in the discipline of Sports Management. Click here for more.