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Howard Megdal


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Recent articles by Howard:

The Players Who Can Help The Minnesota Lynx Salvage Their Season

With its stars missing time, Cheryl Reeve's team will need to dig deep. → Read More

The Phillies’ Defense Might Be Good Enough

The Philadelphia Phillies were expected to be one of the worst defensive teams in baseball this season, with enough errors to fill a weekly blooper reel. That m… → Read More

For Vanessa Shay, A Chance To Recharge An Original WNBA Franchise

For longtime sports executive Vanessa Shay, the move to join the Los Angeles Sparks meant trading in one project in its infancy — she’s been Chief Revenue Officer for the San Diego Wave, a team with a perfect attendance record in its history — for an original franchise in the WNBA. → Read More

The Indiana Fever Are Already Better Thanks To Their Pocketful Of Picks

It took the Indiana Fever 18 games to reach two wins in 2021 — a difficult season that ended with a league-worst mark of 6-26. But Indiana recorded its second w… → Read More

Are The Dream For Real? Are The Lynx In Trouble? Lessons From Week 1 Of The WNBA Season.

Entering the 2022 WNBA season, opinions varied widely on a range of issues. The only place with consensus? There were, potentially, 10 teams fighting for the pl… → Read More

The Numbers To Watch For Each WNBA Team

The WNBA is back to kick off another season on Friday, and the FiveThirtyEight WNBA predictions are back as well, forecasting the outcome of each game and the s… → Read More

The Future Finally Seems Brighter For The Baltimore Orioles

It is easy to write off the Baltimore Orioles. Manager Brandon Hyde’s team is off to a 6-13 start, on pace for a record of 51-111. FiveThirtyEight’s MLB forecas… → Read More

Which Teams Followed Our Advice In The WNBA Draft — And Which Teams Didn’t?

The WNBA’s most magical night of the year — when professional dreams come true in five-minute increments — has come and gone, with Monday night’s 2022 draft now… → Read More

What Each Team Needs In The WNBA Draft

Just a week after women’s college basketball crowned South Carolina its champion, the WNBA draft is here. You can watch tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN, and i… → Read More

How Each Team In The Women’s Final Four Can Win It All

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley believes her team’s offense has been unfairly maligned. “I think a lot of people have questioned our offense throughout th… → Read More

Shocker: Make It Easier To Watch Women’s Basketball, And People Do

It turns out, lowering barriers to entry for how people access women's sports and its stories has a buoyancy effect for the ratings of those sports. Latest example comes via March Madness. → Read More

Should We Expect More Madness In The Women’s Sweet 16?

There’s ample reason to believe that all 16 of the remaining teams belong, and we should expect the unexpected again this weekend. Let’s break down what to watch for in each of these games. → Read More

With Paige Bueckers Back, How Far Can UConn Go?

After the Connecticut women’s basketball team lost Paige Bueckers in December, and the Huskies returned to the court with a lackluster 44-point effort in a loss… → Read More

How Women’s Basketball Figures Are Fighting For A More Equal Retirement For Women

Elena Delle Donne, Dawn Staley and Angel Reese are all teaming up with TIAA to bring awareness to the 30% gap in earning between men and women. Here's what that means in practical terms. → Read More

What We Learned From NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman

Jessica Berman is the new NWSL commissioner, and her work ahead is both an opportunity and significant across many sectors of the league. → Read More

Aliyah Boston And Caitlin Clark Are Both Redefining Basketball Greatness

The level of passion toward the two front-runners of the women’s college basketball player of the year award — South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston and Iowa’s Caitlin… → Read More

The Free Agency Moves That Could Change The WNBA Title Race

Well, as we promised, it’s been an epic WNBA offseason. We already covered the massive shift that took place in Los Angeles, with Liz Cambage, Chennedy Ca… → Read More

The Los Angeles Sparks Went All-In This Offseason. How Will The New Pieces Fit Together?

Electric combo guard Chennedy Carter, newly added to the Los Angeles Sparks in a busy offseason for Derek Fisher’s crew, smiled widely when asked about what it … → Read More

What The U.S. Women's Soccer Players Landmark Settlement Means For U.S. Soccer

For many years now, it has been clear that there was a prohibitive price to pay by U.S. Soccer for continuing a lawsuit against its most popular and successful team. Here's what it means, broadly. → Read More

WNBA Draft Prospect NaLyssa Smith is Ready to Seize the Moment at Baylor| SLAM

As she prepares for the 2022 WNBA Draft, the potential No. 1 pick is working toward one final thing in Waco: another championship. → Read More