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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 Fox Sports 1’s sabermetric-friendly NLCS broadcast and whether it’s a harbinger of changes in sports broadcasting. They debate Georgia’s decision to suspend running back Todd Gurley after reports he sold his autograph, how the media should cover violations of NCAA rules, and what might happen to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Finally they talk with gymnastics writer Dvora Meyers about Simone Biles’ domination at this year’s gymnastics world championships, whether Biles can become an international star, and how the gymnastics world pigeonholes its athletes.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Fox Sports 1’s alternate broadcast of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series received generally positive reviews.
- FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron discussed the upcoming broadcast with Just a Bit Outside writer Rob Neyer.
- ESPN produced alternate broadcasts for the 2014 BCS championship game between Florida State and Auburn.
- The University of Georgia suspended running back Todd Gurley indefinitely pending an NCAA investigation into allegations he sold his autograph.
- A University of Florida fan and autograph dealer allegedly shopped the Gurley story to various journalists.
- SB Nation declined to pursue the Gurley story because the writers don’t want to be the NCAA’s traffic cops.
- Josh shared his feelings on media coverage of these types of NCAA violations on a previous podcast.
- New allegations link Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and Gurley to the same autograph authenticator, but Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says Winston will play next week.
- A damning New York Times investigation shows cover-ups of Florida State football players’ misdeeds.
- In Sports Illustrated, Michael McCann suggests that Winston may want to drop out of school to avoid a pending disciplinary hearing.
- Follow Dvora Meyers on Twitter for great gymnastics coverage.
- Simone Biles won four gold medals at the gymnastics world championships, giving her more world championship golds than any American woman.
- In an August Deadspin profile, Meyers said that burnout, injury, or bad luck are the only things standing in the way of Biles dominating the 2016 Olympics.
- Meyers wrote about the perception of powerful versus graceful gymnasts, and in 2013 wrote about racist comments made by Italian gymnastics officials after Biles’ first world championships win.
- Biles plans to attend UCLA—after the 2016 Olympics.
- On the men’s side, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura won his fifth straight all-around world title and made his claim as one of the best ever.
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Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.
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