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Sports Professors Podcast: Naomi Osaka's Decision and the Fallout for Tennis

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Professors Kenneth Shropshire and Scott Rosner discuss the importance of mental health in the world of sport on this episode of Sports Professors, brought to you by Global Sports Matters and Columbia University.

The Global Sport Matters Podcast presents, in collaboration with Columbia University Sports Management, 'Sports Professors,' where Professors Kenneth Shropshire and Scott Rosner discuss the 101 on what happened in sports business. Each episode gives you a quick recap of the past week in sports before diving deeper into a bigger topic to look at what's happening and why it matters.

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In their second episode, Kenneth Shropshire and Scott Rosner discuss the decision by Naomi Osaka to withdraw from the French open. Deciding to pull out because of mental health reasons, both Shropshire and Rosner look at the effects of her doing so and her influence on putting mental health first in the world of sport as well as pulling examples (aside from Naomi Osaka) of other athletes and organizations, like Neymar Jr., the USFL, the NFL and the WNBA.

About the hosts:

Kenneth L. Shropshire | Chief Executive Officer for the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University
Professor Shropshire is CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University. He took on this current leadership role following  a thirty-year career as an endowed full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Click here for more.

Scott Rosner | Professor of Professional Practice; Academic Director, M.S. in Sports Management Program, School of Professional Studies
As Academic Director of the Master of Science in Sports Management program, Scott Rosner leads all programmatic and curricular development efforts, creates professional development opportunities for students, and manages all strategic planning efforts for the program, including marketing, enrollment, student life, and alumni affairs. Rosner is also a Professor of Professional Practice, teaching graduate-level courses in the discipline of Sports Management. Click here for more.