Fox Sports 1: Hang Up and Listen on the new sports channel’s first week, ESPN’s journalistic integrity, and whether Bobby Riggs threw the “Battle of the Sexes.”

Did Bobby Riggs Throw His Famous “Battle of the Sexes” with Billie Jean King?

Did Bobby Riggs Throw His Famous “Battle of the Sexes” with Billie Jean King?

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Aug. 26 2013 5:31 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Too Many Panels Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Fox Sports 1’s first week, the ESPN/Frontline split, and whether the “Battle of the Sexes” was on the up and up.

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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 review Fox Sports 1’s uneven first week. Next, they discuss ESPN’s decision to cut ties with Frontline, with whom they’d been cooperating on the documentary League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis. Finally, they talk with’s Don Van Natta Jr. about his story alleging that Bobby Riggs threw his “Battle of the Sexes” with Billie Jean King.

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Hang Up and Listen’s Tarzan Rooms:

Mike’s Tarzan Room: The Lockout: A Musical is playing in Chicago through Sept. 15. It was co-written by NBA blogger Jason Gallagher, and Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey was a consultant.

Stefan’s Tarzan Room: Alex Bellos’ Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life includes the story of Aldyr Garcia Schlee, who designed the iconic jerseys for the Brazilian national team.

Josh’s Tarzan Room: Serena Williams lost a table tennis match to Mrs. Met. Who is this mysterious female Mets mascot?

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