Podcast: Why US Women’s Sports Stars Play Abroad

The arrest in Russia earlier this year of WNBA superstar Brittney Griner made headlines around the world. But few have delved into why she was playing overseas in the first place.

Today we hear how Griner is just one of the many athletes who find themselves abroad year after year to play the games they love, to hell with geopolitics. All because they can’t get a fair wage in the United States. Read the full transcript here.

hosting: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: Iliana Limon Romero, sports editor of the LA Times

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