What the Grambling Football Boycott Reveals About Black College Sports

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Oct. 21 2013 4:56 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 talk about the World Series matchup between the Red Sox and Cardinals and whether each team is “playing the game the right way.” They also investigate the initial public offering on Texans running back Arian Foster, and whether it will ever be a good idea to trade athletes like they’re stocks. Finally, they’re joined by writer and former Florida A&M sports information director Alvin Hollins Jr. to discuss the decision by Grambling State University football players to boycott their game this past weekend and what that says about the state of black college football.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Druid City Classics:      

Mike’s Druid City Classic: The state of Connecticut’s ill-advised purchase of the New Haven tennis tournament.

Stefan’s Druid City Classic: A review of some of the longest sporting contests of all time, including a recent penalty shootout between English soccer clubs Brockenhurst and Andover.

Josh’s Druid City Classic: On the “Failure in Torrance,” the United States men’s soccer team’s failure to qualify for the 1986 World Cup.  

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Casey Butterly.

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 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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