NFL tax exempt: Hang Up and Listen on Riley Cooper’s redemption, the NFL’s 501(c)(6) status, and the NBA’s three-point barrage.
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Dec. 23 2013 5:25 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Receiver’s Redeemer Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Riley Cooper’s invented “redemption” story, the NFL’s tax-exempt status, and the NBA’s three-point explosion.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and David Plotz talk about the supposed redemption of Eagles receiver Riley Cooper. They are also be joined by attorney Jeffrey Tenenbaum to discuss whether the NFL’s tax-exempt status is a huge scandal or a big nonissue. Finally, they debate whether the increasing reliance on the three-pointer is good or bad for basketball.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Greveys:

David’s Grevey: It’s a scandal that mixed martial arts is still banned in New York.

Stefan’s Grevey: On Anorthosis Famagusta, a club without a home. (Here’s video of the mural that was unfurled during a volleyball game.)

Josh’s Grevey: There once was a horse named Welfare Queen.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Casey Butterly.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic and is 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.

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

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