Slate Sports Podcast: NBA and MLB Labor Deals, Bernie Fine, and Sidney Crosby

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Nov. 28 2011 7:25 PM

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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 the new labor agreements in the NBA and Major League Baseball. They also talk about Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine’s firing in the wake of sexual abuse allegations. Finally, Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski joins the show to discuss Sidney Crosby’s return to the ice, the state of fighting in hockey, and other NHL doings.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Slate’s Matthew Yglesias says the owners won the NBA lockout.
A summary of the tentative NBA labor deal.
The NBA will likely play a 66-game regular-season schedule.
Bill Simmons in Grantland on the NBA lockout
SB Nation's summary of baseball’s new labor deal
Major League Baseball added one wild card team per league
and moved the Houston Astros to the American League.
Grantland’s Jonah Keri
and Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron both say baseball’s new deal shafts the small markets.
Syracuse fired assistant coach Bernie Fine
after new molestation allegations emerged over the weekend.
An audio recording
in which Fine’s wife Laurie seems to admit concerns about her husband’s behavior.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim initially defended Fine, calling his accusers “liars.” Now, he says he regrets his initial statements.
Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock on Syracuse and Fine.
Greg Wyshynski’s NHL blog, Puck Daddy.
Greg’s hockey podcast, Marek vs. Wyshynski.
Bruce Arthur’s National Post column on Sidney Crosby’s return.
Greg’s NHL awards
at the season’s one-quarter mark.
The NHL’s suspensions and fines
so far in 2011.
The New York Times’ Jeff Z. Klein on the fight at the start of the Rangers-Flyers game. (Here’s video of the fight.)
The Washington Capitals fired coach Bruce Boudreau
and replaced him with ex-player Dale Hunter.
Lyrics to “Sons of Old Grinnell.”

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Dartmouth Subways:

Mike’s Subway: The pre-Grey Cup scuffle between Candian football old-timers Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca. (Buy Mosca’s new book.)
Stefan’s Subway: Nick Novak and other great moments in on-field excretion.
Josh’s Subway: A short history of running up the score, from the Civil Rights era to Roy Williams and Rick Pitino.

Outro: “Sons of Old Grinnell” by the Grinnell Glee Club.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Hang Up and Listen

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.



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