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The Half Hour w/ YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Ep. 16 - The MLB Lockout

Happy Holidays once again, Extempers! The new episode of The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis is full of more holiday treats for extemporaneous folks. You are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this week's episode of The Half Hour with YuYu and Spencer, our hosts toss around thoughts about the MLB Lockout.


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16 | MLB Lockout

-----Description of Podcast-----

The owners and the players could not reach a deal by the December 1, 2021 deadline. So, the owners of MLB made a move: to lockout the offseason from not having negotiations for free agents to teams not being able to talk with players. Plus, the rising unions and strikes that are occurring in the U.S. are giving reason as to why the lockout may be just more than the owners’ unwillingness to cooperate.

-----Sources from this Video-----

  1. The Guardian - ‘Striketober’ is showing workers’ rising power – but will it lead to lasting change? -

  2. Business Insider - Amazon employees in Alabama have voted against forming a union -

  3. Vox - What the first Starbucks union means for workers everywhere -

  4. CBS - MLB lockout: Everything to know about baseball's first work stoppage since 1994-95 -

  5. The Guardian - NSW residents warned to brace for more industrial action after teachers and transport workers strike -

  6. Talkin’ Baseball Podcast - 434 | CBA Talk, Stroman to the Cubs, Chris Taylor Re-Signs with LA, JBJ Back to Boston -

  7. Fuzzy [YouTube] - MLB is FALLING APART Right Before Our Eyes.. (lockout rant) -

  8. GiraffeNeckMark [YouTube] - The MLB Lockout Stinks. -

  9. ESPN - MLB lockout - Are the owners and players talking? Should baseball fans be worried? Here’s the latest -

  10. WP - Why MLB lockout’s biggest divides are with economic issues -

-----About The Half Hour-----

The Half Hour is a current events podcast designed with the intention of helping Extemp competitors (and other Speech and Debate members, as well as listening for the general public) understand the importance of political, social, or economical events on a domestic and international scale. As Extemp competitors only have half an hour to prep a speech, the podcast is designed to brief competitors in the same amount of time it would take for them to prep. Each episode looks at both sides of current events while providing background information to help expand upon the issue. The Half Hour also looks into common questions that people may be asked relating to current events and will work to answer them based on credible news sources from both sides.

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