Why the NCAA Is So Panicked About the Potential for Unionized College Football Players

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March 31 2014 5:18 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Kain Mutiny Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NCAA tournament, the unionization of Northwestern’s football players, and Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout’s giant contracts.

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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 discuss the NCAA tournament’s surprising Final Four, Kentucky’s recent surge, and the relative morality of Bo Ryan and John Calipari. They also talk about the regional National Labor Relations Board’s ruling that Northwestern University’s scholarship football player are employees and eligible to start a union. Finally, they evaluate the criticism of the giant contract extensions for Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Kevin Ware’s tibia:

Mike’s tibia: Coining the term “baseline nonsense” to define the meaningless blather—Tennessee is one of the best stories of the tournament!—that infects pregame and postgame shows.

Stefan’s tibia: Lamenting the lost culture of New York City’s games parlors, and remembering wrestler and chess player Kola Kwariani.

Josh’s tibia: The bench press world record is now 1,102 pounds with a bench shirt (by Paul “Tiny” Meeker) and 722 pounds without (by Eric “Vanilla Gorilla” Spoto).

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by 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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