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OPINION: WNBA Troubles, Public Outrage Show Need for Investment & Growth

by Maggie Mertens


From the absurd to the terrifying, the most recent stories about the WNBA paint a dire need for change in the league. 

Thanks to reporting from Howard Megdal published in Sports Illustrated last week, we now know that New York Liberty owners Joe Wu Tsai, a billionaire cofounder of the Chinese company Alibaba, and his wife, Clara, got sick and tired of their players having to fly commercial and nearly missing games to do so — so they did something about it. 

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OPINION: Megan Rapinoe, the Cascadia Rivalry, and Letting Women Athletes Talk Trash

by Maggie Mertens, contributing columnist


Last Sunday’s OL Reign game ended in a 2-1 win against rivals the Portland Thorns. The match was significant for a few reasons. It was the first match the Reign had won against the Thorns in four meetings. It also ended an 11-game win streak for Portland, handed them their first loss at Providence Park in 602 days, and marked the first OL Reign win of the 2021 regular season. 

But perhaps most importantly, it featured something we don’t see nearly enough of in women’s sports: epic trash talk.

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