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'Sports Professors' Podcast: Aaron Rodgers, Ben Simmons and Pro Sports' War of Words

Why this matters

From COVID-19 to racial unrest to political change, the past two years have shifted society in huge ways. In America's biggest pro sports leagues, superstar players are taking it to their teams publicly, resulting in a pretty ugly war of words between athlete and team.

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. This week: the war(s) of words between athletes, fans and management.

Shropshire and Rosner discuss NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers alienating sponsors and fans with a rant about the COVID-19 vaccine, Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons claiming mental health issues after an offseason trade demand in the NBA, and how the fallout of the social strife this past year is affecting American pro sport.

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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 30-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.