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From The GIST Team

Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!

It's a year-round celebration here at The GIST, but we will be marking the occasion with a special edition newsletter hitting your inbox later today. Until then, let's start this party off right with some sports news.

Quote of The Day
Quote I have a six pack, it's just under the dad bod.
Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs walks across the field smiling during Super Bowl LVIII Opening Night.

— Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes during Monday's Super Bowl Opening Night press conference, reacting to his recent viral photo. Super Bowl champs and unassuming physiques — name a more iconic duo.

The Latest
NCAA amateurism challenges

🎓 This isn't amateur hour

Dartmouth men's basketball forward Brandon Mitchell-Day tips off.
Source: DartmouthMBB/X

The GIST: On Monday, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional director ruled that under U.S. labor law, Dartmouth's men's basketball team members are considered the school's employees, the first nail in the coffin for the NCAA's beleaguered amateurism model.

How we got here: In September 2023, 15 Dartmouth teammates filed a petition with the NLRB to unionize, hoping to be reclassified as employees to receive compensation and healthcare benefits (especially considering Ivy League schools don't offer athletic scholarships). In an op-ed for the student paper, the players referred to the current model as a "brazen exploitation of athlete labor."

  • And the Big Green aren't alone in challenging the status quo: Several groups are currently pursuing paydays and other worker protections from their institutions.

What it means: As employees, Dartmouth's men's hoopers now have entitlements to wages, healthcare benefits, and other employment standards, including the right to unionize. More importantly, nothing prevents every Division I (DI) athlete from pursuing a similar setup.

  • In response, Dartmouth argued it can't afford to pay its athletes and will likely appeal to the NLRB's national board, which notably blocked Northwestern football players' 2014 unionization attempt. But that denial was based on a technicality, which may not apply here.

What's next: If the ruling holds, the precedent would signal the end of the amateurism model as we know it. What does this mean for female athletes? Critics worry that added expenses of athlete wages will sink women's and nonrevenue sports like gymnastics, soccer, and more.

  • But Title IX — which requires schools to provide equal opportunities based on sex — still protects female athletes, so for now, there's nothing to do but watch this space.
WNBA free agency & NBA trade deadline

🏀 Trading places

The Seattle Storm's new big three of Nneka Ogwumike, Skylar Diggins-Smith, and Jewell Loyd
Source: Bleacher Report/X

The GIST: While NBA hoopers continue to post stunning stat lines on the court, the real basketball blockbusters are going down off it, with WNBA free agency in full swing and the NBA trade deadline set for tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET. Hoop, there it is.

WNBA free agency: Take cover because there's a new big three in Seattle. The Storm inked top free agent and former MVP Nneka Ogwumike to a one-year deal on Monday, their latest massive acquisition following last week's signing of six-time All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith.

  • That electric duo will join forces with last year's league-leading scorer, Jewell Loyd, as Seattle seeks a return to the postseason. A storm is certainly brewing.
  • Elsewhere, the rebuilding Chicago Sky dealt 2021 Finals MVP and franchise star Kahleah Copper to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for multiple draft picks and two players.

NBA trade deadline: Woj bombs, incoming…maybe. Typically a day of chaos in one of sport's most dramatic leagues, this year's NBA trade deadline is expected to be more tame with superstars likely staying put. But some key role players could still be on the move as playoff-contending teams look to load up for the final postseason push.

  • The ones to watch? Last year's Sixth Man of the Year and current Portland Trailblazer Malcolm Brogdon and 2022 All-Star Dejounte Murray of the Atlanta Hawks. Stay tuned.
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Source: Milk

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Buzzer Beaters

🏒 The Edmonton Oilers saw their bid for the NHL's longest win streak snapped with last night's 3–1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Still, it's a glow up to be proud of.

🏎️ Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is under investigation after a female colleague filed a complaint of inappropriate controlling behavior against him.

🏀 Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid had surgery yesterday to repair a torn left meniscus and will be reevaluated in four weeks, ultimately eliminating him from repeating as league MVP.

🥅 Cue DJ Khaled because the PWHL is set to host a "Takeover Weekend" with three upcoming games shifting to NHL arenas in Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota.

⚾ With the Oakland Athletics' controversial move to Las Vegas looming, Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman said yesterday that the team should stay in Oakland and that the new stadium plan "does not make sense."

Mid-Week Watching
Hayley Scamurra of Team USA and Renata Fast of Team Canada battle for the puck.
Source: Gary A. Vasquez/NHLI via Getty Images

🏒 Rivalry Series: USA vs. Canada — Tonight at 8 p.m. ET — NHL Network

  • With the Americans up 3-1, the puck drops on game five of the fiercest rivalry in sports with the red, white, and blue looking to secure a series-clinching win. LFG.

🎓🥎 NCAA softball: No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Duke — Tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET — FloSoftball

  • In a surefire sign that spring is just around the corner, softball season begins on Thursday, highlighted by the top-ranked Sooners beginning their quest for a fourth straight national championship.

🏀 FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament: USA vs. Belgium — Tomorrow at 2:45 p.m. ET — Courtside 1891

  • The 2022 FIBA Women's World Cup champs have already booked their ticket to Paris 2024 and will use this tourney to evaluate an absolutely stacked player pool in preparation for the Games. Ready for it.

🎓🏀 NCAA women's basketball: Penn State vs. No. 2 Iowa — Tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET — Big Ten Network

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The GIST's Picks

Here's what has GIST HQ buzzing:

🏈 What to learn about

The evolution of the Super Bowl halftime show. Ever wonder how the show transformed into the global spectacle we know and love today? Dive in.

❤️‍🩹 Who to hug

A Cleveland Browns fan. Enough said.

📚 What to read

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman with The GIST Book Club. A sequel to last year's pick, Beartown, the town is struck with another tough blow with the news that their local hockey team will soon be disbanded. Read with us on Fable today.

Fun & Games

Question of the Day

With No. 2 Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark nearing the all-time NCAA women's scoring record and her next game set for tomorrow night, we want to know: When do you think Clark (who's averaging over 32 points per game and needs just 66 more) will surpass the mark?

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