Slate’s Sports Podcast on Whether David Beckham Was Really a Great Soccer Player

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May 27 2013 10:35 AM

Hang Up and Listen: The Grappling with Sportocrats Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on David Beckham and Alex Ferguson, the fate of Olympic wrestling, and three new WNBA stars.

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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 are joined by Irish soccer journalist Ken Early to discuss the Champions League and the retirements of David Beckham and Alex Ferguson. Bill Scherr, the head of the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling, also joins to discuss the impending IOC vote on whether the sport will lose its spot in the Olympics. Finally, they assess whether the arrival of three new college stars can springboard the WNBA to new levels of popularity.

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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 Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. Email him at sfatsis9@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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.