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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 talk to ESPN’s Jane McManus about covering the NFL’s response to domestic violence, the NFL’s failure to address its past problems with domestic abuse, and how to give women a stronger voice in sports. They discuss the cases of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, asking how the media and sports institutions should treat them. Finally, they are joined by Grantland writer Ben Lindbergh to discuss the baseball pennant races, review the Oakland A’s collapse, and examine playoff myths.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Last Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the league’s investigation of Ray Rice.
- Shortly after the press conference, ESPN published a report on the Baltimore Ravens’ part in the Rice scandal.
- ESPN’s Jane McManus criticized the NFL for its disregard of women’s issues and voices.
- After Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then himself in 2012, there was lots of discussion about traumatic brain injuries and lax gun control laws.
- At Slate, Amanda Marcotte looked at the complex issues surrounding domestic violence after the deaths of Belcher and Perkins.
- In the New York Times, two men described how the NFL needs to regain the trust of women—because they are the financial decision-makers.
- McManus reported that the NFL had access to the same evidence that the prosecutors had.
- Katie Nolan called for more women in sports journalism, and noted that she has backed off from asking tough questions in the past.
- In the New York Times, Jonathan Mahler discussed how women’s voices are changing the conversation in the NFL.
- Watch McManus play roller derby as Lesley E. Visserate.
- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was suspended for the first half, and then the entirety of Saturday’s game against Clemson, for yelling a dirty Internet meme.
- Deadspin reported that ABC showed Winston on the sidelines 48 times during the game.
- After the game—and after Florida State survived what the Orlando Sentinel called a tumultuous week—Winston was reinstated.
- Mel Kiper Jr. dropped Winston 22 spots on his NFL draft rankings.
- The New York Times showed that there was essentially no investigation of rape accusations against Winston last year.
- Winston was briefly suspended from the Florida State baseball team after allegedly shoplifting from a local grocery store.
- In the New York Times, Marc Tracy looked at the uneven response to Winston’s transgressions.
- After U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo was arrested for domestic violence this summer, Jim Caple wrote that she probably wouldn’t be facing scrutiny if she were a football player and that all athletes should receive stricter punishment in cases like this one.
- In the New York Times, Juliet Macur wrote that, after being charged with domestic violence, Hope Solo should be taken off the field, just as NFL players have been.
- Macur’s article did not note that Solo’s husband is football player Jerramy Stevens, who has been accused of rape and domestic assault.
- Slate’s Amanda Hess said it’s very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.
- Stefan wrote about the public argument between Solo and Brandi Chastain.
- Solo was shunned by her teammates in 2007 when she publicly criticized teammate Briana Scurry, and she accused her Dancing With the Stars partner of “manhandling” her during rehearsals.
- Solo’s autobiography recounted her troubled childhood.
- Jonah Keri wrote about the Oakland A’s end-of-season collapse on Grantland, and Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller discussed it on their podcast, Effectively Wild.
- Ben Lindbergh wrote about whether having a top-heavy rotation could help overcome playoff unpredictability.
- Ned Yost’s rigid bullpen hierarchy cost the Kansas City Royals at least one game.
- Lindbergh compared the way the New York Yankees have used Dellin Betances to the way the Royals have used Wade Davis.
- Pedro Martinez’s 2000 season was amazing.
Hang Up and Listen’s Blakeneys:
Mike’s Blakeney: ranking Derek Jeter’s going-away presents.
Josh’s Blakeney: the all-time best “Whoomp! (There It Is)” remix, which celebrates the 1994 Houston Rockets.
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Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.
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