In a candid and revealing interview, the legendary Hope Solo sheds some shocking light on the culture and business of being a female professional athlete. In this episode, Brant takes a look at the glaring disparities between male and female athletics and discovers some surprising facts and dynamics you may not have thought about. The WNBA’s first president and one of the most influential figures in women’s sports Val Ackerman helps outline the opportunities and realities facing young girls growing up today in athletics.

Raising sons and a daughter in the athletic world today, Brant sees first-hand the lack of professional opportunities out there for women after college. For a young man, a professional career and multi-million dollar options are limited only by their ability. For a young women, a professional career and multi-million dollar options are limited completely by their opportunity… and their sex appeal. Is this fair? Is that right? What in our culture drives this and is it changing? Is it just the level of play or the competitive nature of men? In this can’t miss episode, you may be just as surprised at the answers as Brant and Trisha.


Hope Solo: Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion Goalkeeper

Val Ackerman: Commissioner of the Big East Conference and first President of the WNBA


Running Time: 1:10:12



1:06 – Why is there so little opportunity for women professionally in sports?

8:40 – Guest: Val Ackerman

26:30 – Guest: Hope Solo

1:01:20 – Why I’m Not… What did we learn?


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Garret Grecco
Josh Klein

Associate Producer: Molly Quinlan


“Why I’m Not…” hosted by documentary filmmaker and veteran television producer Brant Pinvidic is a light-hearted podcast in which Brant explores topics that he doesn’t fully understand by interviewing the people who do.

In each episode, Brant explores one of the latest topics, fads, trends or addictions from all sides, and tries to remind you… before you judge it, try to understand it.