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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 class stratification in the NBA, the finals rematch between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, and Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers. They also interview Stan Fischler about his legendary career covering hockey, the history of the New York Rangers, and this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. Finally, they talk to Bob Bradley about his experience as the coach of the Egyptian national soccer team, as seen in the documentary American Pharaoh.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The San Antonio Spurs opened as slight betting favorites to beat the Miami Heat in the NBA finals.
- In the New York Times, Harvey Araton suggested the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs were the only teams with a realistic chance to make the finals.
- On FiveThirtyEight, Jim Pagels posited that the NBA is more stratified than other major pro sports leagues.
- Learn more about the Gini coefficient and global inequality from the World Bank.
- The ProBasketballTalk blog reported that Roy Hibbert’s comment about “selfish dudes” was directed toward Lance Stephenson.
- The NBA approved the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion.
- Listen to Bill Simmons and Ramona Shelburne break down the sale of the Clippers.
- Donald Sterling was found mentally incapacitated before the sale.
- The L.A. Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime to advance to the Stanley Cup finals.
- CBS Sports reviews the Kings’ penchant for comebacks during this season’s playoffs.
- Read a review of Stan Fischler’s 100th book.
- The circus pushed the 1950 Stanley Cup finals out of New York.
- Listen to the Tragically Hip sing “50 Mission Cap,” their tribute to Toronto Maple Leafs player Bill Barilko.
- Stan Fischler ate his hat in March.
- The New York subway sings “Somewhere” from West Side Story.
- Watch the trailer for American Pharaoh, the documentary about Bob Bradley’s tenure as manager of the Egyptian national soccer team. It premieres on PBS on June 16.
- Read an interview Bradley did with the KingFut blog after the Egyptian Football Association did not renew his contract.
- Aaron Ross wrote a story for Rolling Stone about Bradley’s first year in Egypt, looking especially at the Port Said massacre.
- In October 2013, the Guardian previewed the Ghana-Egypt games and looked back at Bradley’s time in Egypt. Grant Wahl did the same in Sports Illustrated.
- Bradley is now coaching in Norway’s first division.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Gitler’s Gorillas:
Mike’s Gitler’s Gorilla: Wishing for an origin story other than “I didn’t even know he was a pro athlete.”
Stefan’s Gitler’s Gorilla: Exposing the dark underbelly of snooker match-fixing and the fall of Stephen Lee.
Josh’s Gitler’s Gorilla: Remembering not to forget the San Diego Padres’ attempt to get the first cycle in team history.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talked about their East Coast bias. Slate Plus members get an ad-free version of this podcast with bonus segments. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.
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