Traditionally, athletes who speak out on cultural or political matters are told to “stay in their lane.” Today, however, the convergence of culture, politics and sports is more palpable than ever. On this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, Brad and Steve are joined by Jojo McDuffie, a coach at the University of Virginia who also holds a graduate degree from the Sport in Society Program at Northeastern University. The trio discuss a wide range of topics related to the intersection of sports and society, including the importance of vulnerability in the locker room and embracing difficult conversations with teammates and coaches. They tackle the challenges that lie ahead for the NBA’s return, including the risks to players and staffers, the likelihood that young basketball players will actually stay in the “bubble,” and how the stress of the pandemic might impact the quality of play. Finally, Brad, Steve and JoJo turn to whether and when college sports will return and why the Ivy League has led the way in policy-setting.
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