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Fans, Athletes, Podcasts: How 2020 Changed the World of Sports

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In 2020, the sporting world was turned upside down by the pandemic. Global and local competitions were canceled or postponed, and those that returned did so largely to perform in silent, empty stadiums. In this episode, we take a look at this new reality to see how athletes and fans are coping and connecting. Tennis star Sloane Stephens and U.S. sports podcaster and The Ringer founder, Bill Simmons, share their experiences. Next, we travel around the world to hear from sports podcasters including Mexican sports commentator Marion Reimers, “GIANT” podcast host Owen Blackhurst, and “On the Whistle” podcast host Zayn Nabbi. Former India Women’s Cricket captain Anjum Chopra shares a colorful tale while Texas Tech professor Glenn Cummins unveils the science of silence in sports. And then there’s Nick Heath, who gives us a dose of the play-by-play commentaries on life during lockdown that made him a viral sensation on social media.

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