Amber Balcaen: The Underdog of NASCAR

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NASCAR and women are not synonymous; not yet anyway. But there’s a woman, Amber Balcaen, who hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba who’s working her absolute hardest to change that. She is the only Canadian to compete in the 2014 and 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine and the 2015 Bill McAnally Racing Drivers Expo. In 2016, she became the first Canadian woman to win a NASCAR sanctioned race in the USA and earned Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series for Lee Pulliam Performance. Now signed to Martin-McClure Racing as their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver, this full-time racer and part-time student is poised to take NASCAR by storm. We got the chance to chat with Balcaen about her journey to racing, women in NASCAR and lots more. Find out what she has to say, you won’t be disappointed…

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GladiatHer® Crush Wednesday: Blythe Brumleve of GuysGirl.com

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When you think about women in sports media, chances are that you think of sideline reporters and maybe even news anchors. Your mind doesn’t automatically jump to entrepreneurs or logistics specialists.  But that’s exactly what Blythe Brumleve, today’s GladiatHer® Crush Wednesday feature is; a straight shooting, successful sports entrepreneur and logistics specialist.  Hailing all the way from Duuuuuuuuuuvvvaaaalllll, Florida, Blythe is forging her way in the sports industry on her own terms and we’re absolutely in love with her for it.  Do yourself a favor and take a look at what she has to say below:

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GladiatHer Grads: Jacqueline McDevitt & Her Phan Cave

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I really need you all to understand that there are some pretty amazing woman who have played college sports. Legitimately amazing. Jacqueline McDevitt is one of those amazing women. She’s gone from lacrosse novice to expert coach and business owner in a matter of 10, short years. In following her passion for sports and branding, she has developed an ingenious way for sports fans across America to better enjoy their coveted tailgates. Check out what she shared with GladiatHers.com. Continue reading

GLADIATHER GRADS: NICOLE POWELL

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Today we have our second addition to our newest feature, GladiatHer Grads, and she’s a dynamic sports writer who’s taken her passion for dance and people to help carve out a growing career in the sports industry that improves on the lives of others. Meet Nicole Powell!

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THE NWHL: TOO SMALL TO FAIL

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Last year, a former hockey player at Northeastern announced that she was doing something that no one had ever done; she would be paying women in the United States to play hockey.  Dani Rylan loves hockey, she wants others to love women’s hockey and she has plenty of ambition to go with her love of the sport.  Her announcement showed that her ambition might not have been misplaced.  Prior to making the announcement Rylan had convinced a significant number of investors and sponsors that the world did in fact want to see women play hockey.  Her professional league would be called the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) and would consist of 4 teams, the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters.  Its inaugural game sold-out, and its inaugural season ended on March 12, 2016, with the Pride winning the Isobel Cup.  On the surface, things seem to be going well for the NWHL, but below the ice things seem to be jeopardizing the League’s viability.

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How can softball afford a million dollar player?

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Last week the National Pro Fastpitch’s (NPF) Houston-area Scrap Yard Dawgs signed one of the world’s best softball players, Monica Abbott, to a $1,000,000.00 contract.  (I like the look of all the zeroes and wanted you to count them, so I refused to spell it out.)  The NPF expansion team and Abbott signed what is believed to be one of the largest contracts ever paid by an American franchise to a professional female athlete.  When you sit and think about it, it’s a pretty big deal.  This contract didn’t come in more popular sports like basketball or soccer.  It comes in softball; a sport that was taken out of the Olympics after the 2008 games in Beijing.  This contract is being paid to an athlete who’s probably more popular in Japan than she is in the United States.  This contract comes in a league where players on average make $5,000 to $6,000 per season. And this contract comes in a league that most Americans didn’t even know existed.  It’s an incredible contract for an incredible player, and should be celebrated as such.  But as I started talking to people about Abbott’s whopping contract, I noticed that a few common questions started to arise: Who is she and is she really that good?  Can softball really afford to pay her that much?  Why can’t WNBA players make that much?  Can other leagues make this sort of thing happen?  These are all very…very valid questions. If you had the same or similar ones, keep reading because you gon’ learn something today.   Continue reading