January 15, 2021 

Next Level Episode 1: WNBA activism in 2021 and a deep dive on the Sun and Liberty offseason

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Welcome to Next Level, our new WNBA podcast here at The Next, hosted by Brendon Kleen.

A note on scheduling: Brendon’s podcasts will run every other week, alternating with She Got Next, Pepper Persley’s bi-monthly podcast.

In this jam-packed inaugural episode, we chat with Arielle Chambers of highlightHER and Bleacher Report about WNBA players’ organizing work in 2020 and what to expect from the league in 2021, then Natalie Heavren, our Connecticut Sun beat reporter, and Jackie Powell, our New York Liberty beat reporter, join the show to help preview WNBA free agency, which open its negotiation period on Friday.

We will be back next Friday with a subscriber-only edition of Next Level.

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