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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Brendan Schwab. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Brendan Schwab, often where they are interviewed.

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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Brendan Schwab. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Brendan Schwab, often where they are interviewed.

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No Holds Barred: Brendan Schwab on the Execution of Navid Afkari, Human Rights for Athletes, Black Lives Matter, and Caster Semenya

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Brendan Schwab, executive director of the World Players Association. The World Players Association, part of UNI Global Union, is the exclusive global voice of organized players and athletes across professional sport. It brings together 85,000 players through more than 100 player associations in over 60 countries. We first spoke with Brendan Schwab by Skype Thursday, Sept. 10. But on Sat., Sept. 12, we all got the horrifying news that, despite a worldwide campaign on his behalf, Iran had secretly executed Navid Afkari on the trumped up charges for which Iran's courts had convicted him. We thus spoke again with Brendan Schwab Sat., in a much shorter discussion, about this execution and its implications for world sport and the place of Iran in it. So, to keep us all up to date, the first segment you will hear is the shorter discussion of Sept. 12 with Brendan Schwab. After that is the longer discussion of Sept. 10, when again we all had hoped that Navid's life would be spared. "There needs to be the highest level of accountability in sport for this type of behavior. We need to make sure that Navid has not lost his life in vain," he said. "There's no doubt that we regard this as a repudiation on the part of Iran of its desire to be a member of the international sporting community. And of course our position is only made stronger by the devastating events of today." He added, "We now need to see a very strong statement that global sport condemns the use of the death penalty, the use of torture, the use of inhumane and degrading treatment on any member of the Olympic movement, on any athlete, on any person who's affected by the Olympic movement." In the first part of our discussion, Brendan Schwab emphasized that, while the rising tide of athlete activism is gaining popular support, there are still many sports organizations, especially in the Olympic movement, which are trying to block athletes from expressing their views. That itself has become an issue in this fight for human rights for athletes. "If you're going to really understand any civil rights or human rights movement, and what does that mean, it really basically comes down to two fundamental aspects," he said. "The first one is the right of freedom of expression, the right to freely state your genuinely held political beliefs. And the second, of course, is the right to freedom of association. "And these are two rights that the Olympic movement really struggles to come to terms with. Because what it is trying to be is an organization that is inclusive, and therefore it believes it needs to be autonomous, that is it's self-governing, and it needs to be politically neutral. It tries to avoid the tough questions. It tries to avoid the uncomfortable conversation. "And that can actually put it at odds with these two essentially inalienable rights, freedom of association and freedom of expression." These issues have particularly come to the forefront with the worldwide upsurge in the struggle against racism and white supremacy, as athletes around the world are more and more joining in this struggle. "We are living in very, very important and historic times," he said. "We have seen with the Black Lives Matter movement and with other causes of social justice in sports in recent times, including gender equality, that athletes will not stick to sports, that athletes are insisting that sport is truly a force for good, and that there will not only be human rights and athlete rights respected within sport, but sport will be a vehicle for social justice beyond sport." We also discussed: -- The hypocrisy of the International Olympic Committee, which claims it is for human rights but enforces its Rule 50 which prohibits athlete protests at its events. -- How the human rights of Olympic and world champion runner Caster Semenya of South Africa, who has naturally high testosterone levels for a woman, are being violated by those entities which are trying to deny her the right to compete as a woman, and force her to take dangerous drugs. -- What can be done to further the cause of human rights for athletes. -- And much, much more. The PodOmatic Podcast Player app is available for free, both for Android at Google Play, and for iOS on the App Store. The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow. No Holds Barred is sponsored by: LenneHardt.com, the home of Lenne Hardt, the legendary MMA and sports announcer, voice actor, singer, actress, and comedienne. Lenne is also known for her jazz vocals with her Lenne Hardt Jazz Cabaret Band. For more information, to book her, or to order a custom message from her, go to LenneHardt.com. Skullz Combat Sports Equipment, creator of the patented Skullz Double-End Bag, is the perfect punching bag for your combat sports training. Skullz Double-End Bags provide a realistic striking target, and help improve speed, distance, and timing skills. Hang it and hit it right out of the box! No pump required. Skullz Combat Sports Equipment - Advancing combat sports equipment for the next generation of fighters. 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Sep 13 2020 · 1hr 2mins
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EP3: Olympic Charter Rule 50 – Part Two | Tianna Bartoletta, Brendan Schwab, Nii Anteson

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Part Two of a two-part series on Rule 50.2 of the Olympic Charter. In this episode the panel discuss potential alternatives to Rule 50.2, whether such a rule is necessary at all, and what (if any) changes they foresee ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. Host and Morgan Sports Law barrister Tom Seamer is joined by Nii Anteson from our litigation team, Olympic Gold Medallist Tianna Bartoletta, and the Executive Director of the World Players Association, Brendan Schwab.

Aug 28 2020 · 28mins

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EP2: Olympic Charter Rule 50 – Part One | Tianna Bartoletta, Brendan Schwab, Nii Anteson

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Part One of a two-part series on Rule 50.2 of the Olympic Charter, which prohibits athlete protests during the Olympic games. In this episode, host and Morgan Sports Law barrister Tom Seamer is joined by Nii Anteson from our litigation team, Olympic Gold Medallist Tianna Bartoletta, and the Executive Director of the World Players Association, Brendan Schwab to discuss Rule 50.2 in the context of recent athlete demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Aug 18 2020 · 39mins

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Brendan Schwab "Advancing the Global Labor Movement in Sports" (S2-E26)

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As the Executive Director of the World Players Association, Brendan Schwab is on the frontlines fighting to effect change in the governance of global sport.
Mar 26 2020 · 46mins
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Players Podcast Episode 12: Brendan Schwab

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In episode 12 of the Players Podcast we speak to the head of World Players Association, Brendan Schwab.

World Players is a group that advocates for the rights of players and athletes and brings sports together to knowledge share and learn from one another.

Brendan, an Australian who is passionate about Players Rights, previously worked with the international football players union (FifPro) and is now taking on the challenge of everything from the rights of athletes to challenge governing bodies, the “old fashioned” International Olympic Committee, WADA and anti-doping and the recent “Save Hakeem” campaign to rescue a football player from detention in a foreign country.

A fascinating discussion and a must-listen for anyone interested in players' rights and the global business of sport!
Apr 15 2019 · 24mins
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Brendan Schwab (World Players Association) on the Hakeem al-Araibi case #73

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In this podcast Brendan Schwab, Executive Director of the World Players Association talks about the case of Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini footballer player with refugee status in Australia, who was...

In this podcast Sean Cottrell, CEO and founder of LawInSport, interviews leading sports lawyers, business executives, academics and athletes about the latest issues and legal developments in the world of sport.
Jan 18 2019 · 33mins
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The evolution of athlete rights with Brendan Schwab of the World Players Association - #59

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In this podcast Brendan Schwab, Executive Director, World Players Association talks to LawInSport's CEO and founder, Sean Cottrell, about his work promoting and protecting the fundamental rights of...

In this podcast Sean Cottrell, CEO and founder of LawInSport, interviews leading sports lawyers, business executives, academics and athletes about the latest issues and legal developments in the world of sport.
Dec 19 2017 · 25mins