March 23, 2022 

Introducing: Locked On Women’s Basketball, presented by The Next

A daily women's basketball podcast, with insight from the entire staff of The Next, is here

Even since I founded The Next, our incredibly dedicated staff has done more than just cover women’s basketball at every level.

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We’ve lived it. Women’s basketball conversation is alive and constant among the staff at The Next, where we are obsessing over the intricacies of the games, rosters and long-term arc of the sport 24/7/365. So when I began conversations with Locked On executive Nick Angstadt, we started thinking about something beyond the show I’ve hosted over at Locked On for the past six years. What is missing from the market? What can men’s basketball take for granted, but women’s basketball coverage is without?

How do we create something that is like The Next, but for podcasts?

Starting April 11, we’ll be doing just that. Every weekday, you’ll be hearing from the staff at The Next, covering topics we’re writing about, pushing the women’s basketball conversation forward. We will be the home for Pepper Persley’s groundbreaking work, She Got Next. You’ll get emergency podcasts, too. And I’ll continue my Locked On Women’s Basketball tradition of Friday Conversation, where you can hear directly from the women’s basketball newsmakers shaping our world.

This, I believe, will continue to further the mission here at The Next of providing comprehensive coverage to you, the fan. It also gives us a chance to share our conversations with you. And I am so pleased to partner with Locked On, which has been a longtime supporter of the women’s sports space, and is doubling down on this. Nick and Ross Jackson, thank you for seeing what we can be together.

In the coming weeks, you’ll hear some preview shows of what the new format will sound like, beginning this Friday. We’ll share all shows here at The Next as part of our editorial flow, and you can also make sure you get them as soon as they post by subscribing to our feed either by searching in your podcast app of choice, or by clicking here in the following formats:

As far as the coverage at The Next, none of that will change. We’re at 100 reported pieces already this month, and you have made it clear through your financial support and growing readership that you care about this as much as we do. Consider this a new frontier in that mission. And if you love what we do and haven’t joined us yet, consider becoming a paid subscriber. All subscriber revenue goes to our incredible writing, editing and photo staff. You make what we do possible.

And get excited. We’re only going bigger from here. Thanks for being part of this journey with us, a simple destination in mind: to never have to compromise in how you consume your women’s basketball coverage ever again.

Written by Howard Megdal

Howard is the founder of The Next and editor-in-chief.


  1. Richard McHugh on March 27, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    The transfer portal should be of interest to everyone. All post season tourneys are not c9vered by the media like they should. Columbia WBB has a date with destiny Monday night.

    • Avatar photo Howard Megdal on March 27, 2022 at 10:30 pm

      Indeed! You’ll notice we cover the transfer portal daily, have staff all over the NCAA and NIT, and our Jenn Hatfield wrote once more, at length, about Columbia this weekend. Enjoy!

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