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?
Podding the Bubble - Part 3: Will the NBA Bubble Burst?
28:03Podding 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Podding the Bubble - Part 2: Will the NBA Players Go Stir Crazy?
32:26Podding 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Podding the Bubble - Part 1: A Deep Dive into the NBA Biosphere
25:10Podding 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 your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Horse Racing Breaks With Tradition
20:24As 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bundesliga Behind Closed Doors: Keith Costigan
20:33The 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 with few other options for live sports entertainment, can the Bundesliga capitalize on its captive audience? Soccer commentator Keith Costigan breaks down a pivotal moment in the effort to bring back sports from the coronavirus shutdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Minor League Baseball on the Brink
26:23MLB 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Lost Season of Little League
26:02A 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 around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Athletes Taking Action: Quinn Cook + Prince George's County
24:52ESPN'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 else in the country. Quinn shares what it means to make a film honoring his hometown and the people who make it special. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Human Toll on Sports Gambling
27:17Prior 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 returns, and how sports gambling could be a solution for states looking to rebound financially after the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On The Verge of a Return: Chinese Basketball Association + Major League Soccer
45:39Professional 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 position to salvage all or most of its 2020 season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices