Running Things with Donovan Bailey
Hip Hop Royalty Battles and the Come Back Paradox
Season 1, Ep. 14
In this episode, the hosts, Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain are joined by former Canadian track elite turned broadcaster, Anson Henry. Kicking off with a note on Colin Powell, and the reverance Donovan has for the statesman, who also began from Jamaican roots. The hosts then turn to a recent concert in Brooklyn featuring the legendary Rap MCs, KRS-1 and Big Daddy Kane, who rose to fame in the late 80's and early 90's. What ensues is a nuanced discussion into the merit of coming out of retirement in the entertainment world.
Jon Gruden's Truth & The Unconventional Heavyweight Champ
Season 1, Ep. 13
On this episode, the hosts Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain get deep into the recent Heavyweight Boxing fight, which crowned reigning champ Tyson Fury once more. The hosts dig deep on what they thought the outcome would be, why they felt Fury was the superior boxer and delve into the conversation of atheltic 'body shaming' which played out post fight online. The hosts, also take time to weigh-in on recent disgraced NFL coach Jon Gruden, who joins a long-list of sports figures to be 'cancelled' by unearthed remarks heavily mirred in racist and misogynistic language. What comes next for the NFL?
Robin Lehner's Whistleblow & The Pills That Are Sedating Sports
Season 1, Ep. 12
On this episode, the hosts, Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain get frank with the opiod crisis in sport. Las Vegas Golden Knight's goalie Robin Lehner uncaps the lid on a growing issue of opiates in Hockey and a massive debate erupts across the NHL. Is this the first we are hearing of this? No, in recent years the tell-tale sign of pain killers and sedatives in sports has been trickling out, only to be supressed by the organizations and the leagues themselves. It appears now, across the globe, in multiple sports, we are reaching critical mass, and the story can be contained no longer. Our hosts dissect the issue and look for who should be leading the charge in the fight against it.
Underdogs & The Moral Grey Area of Sports Business
Season 1, Ep. 11
In this episode, the hosts Donovan Bailey & Simon Jain start by launching into the steadfast and determined performance of underdog Heavyweigh boxer Oleksandr Usyk, as he stunned the boxing world with an upset defeat of Anthony Joshua. The conversation then turns into the moral ambiguity of sports as it pertains to discipline and intolerance of racism and sexism; is it even remotely enough at this point? The discussion draws to to light recent events in sport such as the racist taunting incident involving Jalen Smereck in the Ukrainian hockey league, and the anti-abortion petition signed by 500 + women athletes to illuminate the on-going abortion issues in the United States.
The Veil of Pop Culture & The Reality of Chasing Stardom
Season 1, Ep. 10
In this episode, the hosts Donovan Bailey & Simon Jain, get into the very real topic of idolatry as it pertains to public perception. Have we as a culture, made the dream of sports stardom seem too attainable, too desireable and altogether too unrealistic? Have we made sports 'icons' so larger than life, that a normal life, simply won't suffice? The hosts weigh in on what this could mean for the average athlete, and how much of it is social media driven, or if in fact it was always this way.
The Rise of Young Athleticism & The Precarious Position of Vaccine Mandates.
Season 1, Ep. 9
In this episode, our hosts tackle the emerging and fantastic talent in Tennis; highlighting the US Open's recent final, and breaking down the makings of what we estimate as a future great, poised to launch. The show continues into the relevant, but exhausting complications of trying to create a vaccine mandate across sport; more specifically, in the top 4 North Amercian leagues. Does it truly inhibit an athletes civil rights? Or is this part and parcel to their role in society?
Toxic Internet Fandom, The Dying Social Media Dream, & The Myth of Hero and Villain in Sports
Season 1, Ep. 8
In this episode, the hosts breakdown the long-time sports mythology of Heroes and Villians, and the influence they may have on how fans and audiences treat the athletes themselves. The conversation shifts to the ever-present dangers social media now present to sports, by way of continued abuse and lack fo respect for the game itself. In this context, the hosts touch on how some professional players are turning away from their biggest promotional tools, maybe as possible sign of things to come.
That NCAA Money & The Shaq Success Story
Season 1, Ep. 7
On this week's episode of Running Things, the hosts, Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain, dig into the NCAA's new student atheletemonetization rules, the ways in which they think it should structure the new influx of student athlete income, and making ammends with former students they penalized becasue of it. As well, we dig into Shaq's business ventures and what this means for young athletes; and the profound effect this could have on them, and more specifically; on those that come from marginalized communities.
Taunting, Marketing & the Social Tools of Sport.
Season 1, Ep. 6
In episode 6, the hosts, Donovan Bailey and Simon Jain, touch base on the first post Olympic track meet, and the return, and subsequent loss of the maligned Sha'cari Richardson. Did social media and over-marketing play a factor? Are we missing the real story form the Prefontaine championships? Did the natural powers of the wind create personal bests? The debate exposes a few insights and leads into how far athletes should go on social media; and does using these platforms to their fullest, interfere with their performance or reputation.