Thursday, September 10 at 7PM CDT
Jessica Luther & Kavitha Davidson
Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back
Moderated by Joel Anderson
This event will be broadcast live via Zoom with audience Q&A to follow
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ABOUT LOVING SPORTS WHEN THEY DON'T LOVE YOU BACK
Triumphant wins, gut-wrenching losses, last-second shots, underdogs, competition, and loyalty—it’s fun to be a fan. But when a football player takes a hit to the head after yet another study has warned of the dangers of CTE, or when a team whose mascot was born in an era of racism and bigotry takes the field, or when a relief pitcher accused of domestic violence saves the game, how is one to cheer? Welcome to the club for sports fans who care too much.
In Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back, acclaimed sports writers Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson tackle the most pressing issues in sports, why they matter, and how we can do better. For the authors, “sticking to sports” is not an option—not when our taxes are paying for the stadiums, and college athletes aren’t getting paid at all. But simply quitting a favorite team won’t change corrupt and deplorable practices, and the root causes of many of these problems are endemic in our wider society. An essential read for modern fans, Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back challenges the status quo and explores how we might begin to reconcile our conscience with our fandom.
ABOUT JESSICA LUTHER
Jessica Luther is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Texas Monthly, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Vice Sports, among others. She is the author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape and has written extensively on the intersection of sports and violence off the field.
ABOUT KAVITHA DAVIDSON
Kavitha Davidson Kavitha A. Davidson is a sportswriter and host of The Lead, an in-depth daily sports news podcast produced by The Athletic. She is on the board of directors at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. She was a writer with ESPNW and ESPN The Magazine and a sports columnist at Bloomberg covering the intersections of sports and society, culture, politics, race, gender, and business. Her work has also appeared in NBC THINK, the Guardian, and Rolling Stone.
ABOUT JOEL ANDERSON
Joel Anderson is a staff writer and podcast host at Slate. Previously, he worked as a reporter on sports, culture, and politics for ESPN and BuzzFeed News. He’s also worked at the Tampa Bay Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Associated Press and the Shreveport Times. His piece, The Two Michael Sams, is featured in The Best American Sportswriting 2015. He’s a native of Houston and currently lives in Palo Alto with his wife.
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