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March 4 2014 5:34 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Off With Their Headers Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, whether headers should be banned from youth soccer, and the N-word and the NFL.

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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 this year’s MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and the state of statistical analysis in 2014. They also talk about the first diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a soccer player and whether children should be allowed to hit the ball with their heads. Finally, they’re joined by Deadspin’s Greg Howard to assess the NFL’s proposed penalty for using the N-word on the field.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Fritz Pollards:

Mike’s Fritz: Is Tillie Walker the slightest slugger in baseball history?

Stefan’s Fritz: Who should be the official non-FIFA soccer team of Hang Up and Listen? The Isle of Man?

Josh’s Fritz: Mike Trout could be baseball’s first $60 million man. And he deserves it.

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.

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