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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss BYU's suspension of Brandon Davies for having premarital sex, the alleged greediness of NFL owners, and which continent has a better model for how pro sports leagues operate, Europe or North America.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Brandon Davies was dismissed from the BYU basketball team for violating the school's honor code. His reported transgression: having sex with his girlfriend.
Dooce's Heather Armstrong on her experiences with the BYU honor code.
On Deadspin, an anonymous BYU graduate claims the school has a double standard for
Sports Illustrated's cover story on criminals in college football.
On Jimmer Fredette and idol worship.
Fredette chose not to go on a two-year Mormon mission.
Football player Harvey Unga and basketball player Keilani Moeaki withdrew from BYU, allegedly for having premarital sex.
Message board speculation on the engagement of BYU quarterback Jake Heaps.
NFL players and owners agreed to a seven-day extension of the league's collective bargaining agreement.
Drew Magary, Rick Reilly, Bill Simmons, and Sally Jenkins all wrote columns characterizing the owners as greedy.
Barack Obama's thoughts on the NFL labor negotiation.
Brian Phillips' Slate column on the differences between American and European sports leagues.
Phillips' follow-up blog post on "financial fair play" rules in European soccer.
Franklin Foer's book How Soccer Explains the World.
Rick Reilly's ESPN.com story on how stars like Carmelo Anthony are ruining the NBA.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly versuses:
Mike's versus: Bad reporting on the average life span of NFL players.
Stefan's versus: The NCAA's many trademarks—it's not just March Madness.
Josh's versus: The Badminton World Federation has decreed that all female competitors must wear skirts or dresses. (Here are Sepp Blatter's 2004 comments on the proper attire for female soccer players.)
Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.