Will the O’Bannon Case Totally Destroy College Sports?

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June 16 2014 4:41 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The San Antonio Is Beautiful Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Spurs’ NBA Finals win, the opening of the World Cup, and O’Bannon v. NCAA.  

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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 San Antonio Spurs’ beautiful domination of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals and whether the Spurs’ model is replicable. They also look back at a goal-filled first weekend of the World Cup and discuss attempts to connect countries’ style of play to national myths. Finally, they talk with USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz about the first week of O’Bannon v. NCAA, including each party’s arguments, the potential fallout, and how it fits into the larger picture of NCAA reform.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Heine Allemagnes:

Mike’s Allemagne: Looking into the correlation between corruption and soccer success.

Stefan’s Allemagne: Questioning what, exactly, Dent McSkimming was doing in Brazil during the 1950 World Cup.

Josh’s Allemagne: How lawyers are keeping softball players safe from Lady Viruses.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about reporting on events that nobody else covered. 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.

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 Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. Email him at sfatsis9@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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.