Sports & Society

In Brittney Griner's Skin

Brittney Griner was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered as part of promotional efforts for her new memoir "In My Skin," out today. Check it out for her response to "sexy" wbb uniforms, Dave Zirin's assessment of her sock-wearing prowess, and her description of the mental space she's in now.

For more on her team's offseason, check out our Phoenix Mercury offseason storystream.

Mercury tweet statement in response to AZ's SB1062

The Phoenix Mercury have tweeted out a statement denouncing Arizona's controversial Senate Bill 1062, joining the Arizona Cardinals and the NFL in opposition to the bill.

Interview: Catchings on Good Works Team, offseason

Swish Appeal had the opportunity to interview Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings about the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, what she's doing this offseason, and her foundation.

What's the impact of Skylar Diggins' SI pictorial?

Here is one fan's take as to whether the impact could be positive or negative for the second year guard for the Tulsa Shock.

Seattle Storm's titles ignored by national media after Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl

FOX cut from the Seahawks’ domination of Super Bowl XLVIII to show images of its interpretation of the city’s only other champion — the 1979 Sonics — and a nerve was pricked, again...Seattle’s WNBA team was actually the first to give the city a championship since the Sonics when the Storm won titles in 2004 and 2010...But the fact was dismissed nationally on Sunday as Super Bowl coverage steamrolled history.

From "Storm fans’ “major” problem with Super Bowl XLVIII coverage" by Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times.

Frank DeFord on women's sports on NPR

I think he's wrong about interest in team vs individual sports, but then readers of Swish Appeal may be atypical.

Video: Rep. Keith Ellison congratulates Lynx

Rep. Keith Ellison took to the U.S. House floor yesterday to congratulate the Minnesota Lynx on winning the 2013 WNBA Finals, their second championship in three years.

Links: Celebrating the Lynx, bemoaning pinkwashing

Links from around the women's basketball world and a brief link-infused commentary on pinkwashing during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

WNBA links: Chicago media coverage, Young's tweets

10 links from all around women's basketball, including a bit more on the stir caused by Sophia Young's tweets yesterday.

Sophia Young Speaks Out Against Gay Marriage on Twitter

The superstar forward tweeted against gay marriage earlier today.

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Links: Stars, EDD & March on Washington reactions

Links supplemented with tweets from WNBA players about the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Video: Lisa Leslie on life & her role as activist

Today, Makers.com released the full 16-part interview documenting Leslie's life as a basketball player, family member, Los Angeles Lakers fan, and, most interesting, "activist".

Q&A: Jenny Moshak on NCAA, injury prevention

With a new book "Ice 'n' Go" out, former Tennessee Lady Vols trainer Jenny Moshak chatted with Swish Appeal about the state of college athletics as well as the prevention of ACL and concussion injuries.

Chamique Holdsclaw's interview on Time Out with Sylvia Crawley

After appearing on Iyanla Vanzant's show on Saturday to discuss her relationship with her mother, Chamique Holdsclaw had an interview on Time Out with Sylvia Crawley to elaborate on some of the themes of the show as well as reflect on her career. Sticking to basketball talk for now, Holdsclaw discussed why she thinks Elena Delle Donne is the better pro player than Brittney Griner and suggested that she thinks she has some more basketball in her, later admitting that she didn't live up to the hype surrounding her entry into the WNBA: "I think I still have another year or two in me, but I'll pray on it and see what doors open up."

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Video: Preview of Holdsclaw's appearance on OWN

SB Nation was offered an advance look at Chamique Holdclaw's appearance on "Iyanla: Fix My Life" (9 p.m. EDT on OWN), which focuses primarily on the relationship between the former WNBA All-Star and her mother.

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The WNBA, Procter & Gamble, and women's health

While the benefits of this partnership are clear, what is less clear is whether a partnership with P&G truly fits with what the WNBA is about--first and foremost, to be "the premier women's sports league in the world."

ESPN Films holds screening for 'Pat XO'

ESPN Films screened their Nine for IX film honoring Pat Summitt last night.

The Ackerman Paper, Part III: Resistance to change

Will women's basketball make any of the changes mentioned in the Ackerman NCAA white paper? Or will it remain resistant to change?

ESPN's Nine for IX Film Series Focuses on Women in Sports

Beginning July 2nd, a series of nine documentaries will present "captivating stories of women in sports told through the lens of female filmmakers." Among the nine films are "Coach," a multi-dimensional look at the life of Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer, and "Pat XO," a nuanced portrait of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.

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Video: Obama honors Indiana Fever at White House

Video of President Barack Obama congratulating the Indiana Fever for their 2012 WNBA championship and Fever coach Lin Dunn thanking Obama for his work to empower women.

Chamique Holdsclaw pleads guilty in assault case

Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw plead guilty to assault in case involving her ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lacy. Holdsclaw pleaded guilty to these charges: two counts of aggravated assault, criminal damage in the first degree, two counts of criminal damage in the second degree and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Augustus is grateful to people of Minnesota

In a phone interview on Monday, Seimone Augustus was quick to thank the people of Minnesota for embracing her and helping the fight for gay marriage.

Analyzing the stigma lesbian athletes face

Brittney Griner, age 22, wasted no time in publicly coming out as gay, and therefore National Center for Lesbian Rights sports project director Helen Carroll believes she has shown us "who the present day gay or lesbian athlete can be."

Ex-Baylor players respond to Griner controversy

In response to ESPN’s latest feature, ex-Baylor players were adamant about sharing another perspective to this story -- and since it was not represented in the original piece. So here’s their perspective in their own words.

Zirin on making sports 'an anti-sexist safe space'

This past week, Dave Zirin of The Nation visited the Bay Area and discussed mixing sports and politics, homophia in sports, and the role of women's sports in helping sports culture evolve into an "anti-sexist safe space".

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