Why Do Arenas Insist on Pumping in Artificial Crowd Noise?

Slate's sports podcast.
Sept. 2 2013 10:17 AM

Hang Up and Listen: The Opinions and Funyuns Edition

Slate’s sports podcast takes your questions in a special Labor Day call-in show.

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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 take listeners’ questions in a special Labor Day call-in show. Topics include whether you can use logic to choose which sports teams to root for, artificial crowd noise at stadiums and arenas, how to behave when cheering for the away team, if soccer promotes a socialist agenda, the economics of college athletics, and a breakdown of the hosts’ athletic skills.

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

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Michael Gerber.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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.