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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 Paul George’s stomach-turning leg injury and whether it should change anything about future international basketball competitions. They also talk with Slate’s Emily Bazelon about shocking allegations against Air Force Academy athletes and how universities and athletic departments should address sexual assault. Finally, they interview Baseball Prospectus editor-in-chief Sam Miller about the Major League Baseball trade deadline, the implications for this year’s playoff race, and what the big trades show us about how teams value assets.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Paul George crashed into a stanchion during a Team USA intrasquad scrimmage, and the result is nearly unwatchable—just ask Kyrie Irving.
- A stanchion can keep either a basketball hoop or a cow in place.
- ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that the stanchion was 1 inch closer to the court than the NBA minimum.
- Yahoo News’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that NBA owners and general managers called George’s injury a “game changer.”
- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban called for the NBA to organize—and profit from—its own international tournament.
- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that he doesn’t “anticipate a major shift in the NBA's participation in international competitions.”
- The World Baseball Classic covered the salaries of players who were injured during the tournament.
- The Gazette, in Colorado Springs, published a report describing rampant sexual assault, drug use, and cheating by Air Force Academy cadets.
- Last year in Slate, two former members of the 101st Airborne Division wrote about increasing sexual assault in the military.
- In June, Emily Bazelon wrote on Slate about universities’ lax punishment for sexual assault.
- A Columbia, Missouri, NBC affiliate reported on text messages urging a woman allegedly assaulted by former University of Missouri football player Dorial Green-Beckham not to harm the player’s football career. After the incident, Green-Beckham transferred to the University of Oklahoma and the school reportedly believes he will be eligible to play immediately.
- A survey conducted by Sen. Claire McCaskill found that 1 in 5 colleges give the athletic department oversight of sexual assaults involving athletes.
- The experience of a woman at Hobart and William Smith Colleges shows why many women do not report sexual assault.
- Ohio State University fired its band director after an investigation found he led “an environment conducive to sexual harassment.”
- At Power Forward, Jessica Luther compiled a list of rape cases involving college football players.
- The Obama administration identified the University of New Hampshire’s sexual assault prevention program as a model.
- This year saw an unusually active Major League Baseball trade deadline.
- Before the deadline, the Oakland A’s traded top prospect Addison Russell, but the biggest deadline deals mostly involved major-league-ready talent.
- On Baseball Prospectus, Sam Miller and Tim Collins looked at the relatively small changes in playoff odds after the big trades.
- Listen to more of Sam Miller on the Effectively Wild podcast.
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Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.
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