February 22, 2021 - Kavitha Davidson and Jessica Luther
The Late Night Happy Hour with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky
It's not always easy to be a sports fan today, especially if you're a member of a community that hasn't traditionally been valued by the sports establishment - think women and LGBTQ people, for example - or simply enthusiastic fans whose team loyalties are exploited by greedy/apathetic/lousy team owners or large entities like the IOC and FIFA that suck cash out of communities in exchange for hosing mega-events. So what do fans do about it? How do they hold their teams, leagues and athletes responsible without walking away? What can sports do to improve from within? Complicated questions for people who love sports, and in their new book "Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back," Kavitha Davidson and Jessica Luther explore these and more. After a quick update on Monday's fatigue-fueled loss to Washington for the Lakers, we dive into the interview. Who traditionally hasn't been "loved back" by sports? Who has, and how interested are they in being loved in a different way? Why are sports a place where fans are so willing to compartmentalize? What is it about sports loyalties that makes it hard to draw hard lines in the sand for people (even those in the groups sports tends to ignore -- Davidson and Luther, for example, are both massive sports fans)? How should people talk about trans athletes? Is there really a "problem" with trans women competing and hurting women's sports? Why are sports so often used as proxies for larger cultural battles? Why are Luther and Davidson ultimately optimistic? Finally, we close with a conversation about Ted Lasso, one of the great shows about the spirit of sports ever made.
Ep 30: When Sports Fail Us (feat. Ciara McCormack & Jessica Luther)
Ciara McCormack, Canadian soccer whistleblower and founder of Girls Can Soccer, and Jessica Luther, freelance journalist and co-host of the Burn It All Down podcast, join us to discuss the Vancouver Whitecaps and Soccer Canada's handling of the multiple sex offences committed by coach Bob Birarda. Ciara details her thought process behind deciding to go public with her story, the community's response, and the power dynamics that come with the Canadian national team's recruitment process. Jessica talks about her experience as a journalist covering these stories and the environment of women's sports.
A Dark Side of Collegiate Sports with Jessica Luther
Ball Is Left Podcast
Content/Trigger Warning: Sexual abuse, physical abuse, trauma.Author and investigative reporter Jessica Luther joins Ball Is Left to discuss a recent article she co-wrote at USA TODAY about several sexual misconduct cases against athletes and other students at LSU and the school's inaction surrounding them. She breaks down what Title IX is and the role it plays in such allegations.Jessica has been following cases like these for a long time- dating back to 2013 with the Baylor University scandal and provides insights how these situations are handled and the role that the NCAA plays in all of it.Read the article here: https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/sports/ncaaf/2020/11/16/lsu-ignored-campus-sexual-assault-allegations-against-derrius-guice-drake-davis-other-students/6056388002/Visit Jessica's website: https://jessicawluther.com/Follow Jessica on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jessicawluther Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jessica Luther & Kavitha A. Davidson's book, LOVING SPORTS WHEN THEY DON'T LOVE YOU BACK
Hopeton Hay Podcasts
Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson's new book, LOVING SPORTS WHEN THEY DON'T LOVE YOU BACK, is an exploration by and for conscientious and conflicted sports fans who want to keep watching the sports they love but who also acknowledge the problems with the industry. The book covers a wide range of issues from Colin Kaepernick and athletes kneeling during the national anthem to rooting for your team when its star is accused of domestic violence.Jessica Luther is a freelance journalist and writer who mainly covers sports and culture. She is also the author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape.Kavitha A. Davidson is a sports writer based in New York. She was previously a columnist at espnW and Bloomberg, focusing on the intersection of sports and business, culture, race, and gender.
In Forward, Thinking | Episode 20, David and Ricky are joined by sports writers Kavitha Davidson and Jessica Luther, co-authors of Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back, Dilemmas of the Modern Fan, to discuss the challenges they've overcome in their careers, the excitement around the mounting successes of and investment into women's sports in the US, the great work of the athletes in the WNBA, their book - what motivated them and what it includes, Title IX, whether the US needs a Ministry of Sport, white fragility and racist mascots, and the routines that help fortify them daily to be at the top of their game. Show Notes:02:04 - How sports drew them in and their current relationship with sports05:32 - The challenges they have faced and overcome in their careers09:59 - The relationship between athletes and the media17:47 - Whether female writers are pushed to cover women's sports20:49 - The excitement around the mounting successes of and investment into women's sports in the US24:43 - The great work of the athletes in the WNBA and the impact of the Bucks' boycott25:09 - Introducing Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back, Dilemmas of the Modern Fan, the motivation behind writing the book and what33:28 - Deciding what to include and not to include in their book35:45 - Grassroots sports and male dominance in the coaching ranks of women's youth sports40:33 - Title IX and its significant impact on women's sports42:01 - Whether the US needs a Ministry of Sport and comparing US "sports law" to international sports law44:42 - White fragility, racist mascots, and the internal struggle (and reckoning) that fans experience50:48 - Brand value and the business opportunities that follow changing a team's name54:35 - The routines that keep them at the top of their game
Episode 279: Does Tennis Love You Back? (With Jessica Luther & Kavitha A. Davidson)
No Challenges Remaining
Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson, co-authors of the new book Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back, join to discuss the lovability of tennis, and the difficulties that fans can still encounter while trying to reconcile the sport and their own personal values. Issues covered include the continuing grumbling over equal pay for men and women, the evolution of Serena Williams' perceived marketability, what to do with a player whose politics you find objectionable, and how to feel about tennis and other sports continuing to soldier on during a continuing global pandemic. Also, please vote. Thank you again for the incredible support for NCR we've received this year on the NCR Patreon! If you'd like to join in as we bring you the best shows we can each week, check out our five tiers and see which might be right for you! And thank you to the many listeners who have already given their support! (And thank you to G.O.A.T. backers J O'D, Mike, Charles Cyna, and Nicole Copeland!) As always, thanks for following us on Twitter and subscribing/reviewing on iTunes on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app/platform of choice may be.
Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson – Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan
Chatter on Books
"I wish I knew how to quit you “ Outstanding journalists, podcast hosts and authors Jessica Luther and Kavitha Davidson join David and Torie. Kavitha wins the pop quiz (she knows her Truman Capote). They debate the best of the worst in literature. Kavitha and Jessica talk fans and the ethical/moral/legal issues that imbue just about every sport.
Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson, "How to Love Sports When They Don't Love You Back"
People Still Read Books
Look, we did a second show! It's a good one too: It's a conversation with Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson, authors of the smart, fascinating book "How to Love Sports When They Don't Love You Back." Is it possible to be an ethical sports fan? No one has thought about this very question more than they have. They don't have the answers. But they have plenty of intelligent, thoughtful things to say.It's Episode Two! And this one even sounds cleaner than the first one!Follow the podcast at @stillreadbooks on Twitter, and email your author recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's go on this journey together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Doubleheader: Second Base Surprises & Interview w/Kavitha Davidson & Jessica Luther
Fantasy Baseball in 15
Al and DVR discuss Jose Altuve's knee injury, the state of the second base position and another strong outing from Martín Pérez, before Al is joined by Kavitha Davidson and Jessica Luther, co-authors of 'Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back' to discuss inspiration for their book, how they find enjoyment in sports despite internal conflict, ethical dilemmas while playing fantasy sports, and more.Rundown2:22 Jose Altuve Scheduled for MRI4:05 Second Base Has Been Full of Surprises in 20206:40 How Much Will This Season Impact Our Decison Making in 2021?9:31 James Paxton is Progressing11:14 Reynaldo López Optioned by White Sox12:31 Kyle Cody Joining Texas Rotation14:59 Martín Pérez Turns In Another Strong Outing16:57 Looking Ahead at Two-Start PitchersInterview with Kavitha Davidson & Jessica Luther20:00 Inspiration for the Book21:40 Finding Enjoyment in Watching Sports Despite Internal Conflict26:09 Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas While Playing in Fantasy Leagues28:29 How Can We Make Fantasy Sports More Inclusive?Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBBFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiperFollow Kavitha on Twitter: @KavithaDavidsonFollow Jessica on Twitter: @jessicawlutherPurchase a copy of Kavitha and Jessica's book 'Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back' at Bookshop.org:https://bookshop.org/books/loving-sports-when-they-don-t-love-you-back-dilemmas-of-the-modern-fan/9781477313138Featured Read: 'In appreciation of The Franchise' by Marc Carig:https://theathletic.com/2042867 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jessica Luther and Kavitha Davidson on their book, 'Loving Sports When They Don't Love Your Back'
Burn It All Down
It's Jessica's publishing day!! In this episode, Lindsay Gibbs celebrates by interviewing Jessica Luther and Kavitha Davidson on their new book, "Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Sports Fan." The three discuss how this book came to be, how they feel about doping, and whether recent events -- from Black Lives Matter strikes in the NBA and WNBA, to racist and sexist NWSL and MLS owner Dell Loy Hansen being shamed into selling his shares -- give them any hope about the future of sports. You can find out where to buy the book here: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781477313138 For show notes, transcripts, and more info about BIAD, check out our website: www.burnitalldownpod.com To help support the Burn It All Down podcast, please consider becoming a patron: www.patreon.com/burnitalldown For BIAD merchandise: teespring.com/stores/burn-it-all-down Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/BurnItDownPod; Facebook: www.facebook.com/BurnItAllDownPod/; and Instagram: www.instagram.com/burnitalldownpod/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices