Hang Up and Listen on the NBA playoffs, a new NFL rule, and world soccer’s dictatorship.

How on Earth Is Sepp Blatter Getting Re-elected as President of FIFA?

How on Earth Is Sepp Blatter Getting Re-elected as President of FIFA?

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May 26 2015 7:49 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Screwing the Kicker Again Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Stephen Curry’s head, the NFL’s feet, and Sepp Blatter’s tyranny.


Update, May 27, 2015: Just hours after Hang Up and Listen posted an interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, in which he speculated that Switzerland might play a role in investigating corruption inside the world’s biggest soccer organization, Swiss authorities arrested several FIFA officials in conjunction with a U.S. Department of Justice investigation. (Swiss authorities are also investigating bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.) Read the latest on Slate and listen to Hang Up’s interview with Schaap.

Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Richard Deitsch, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:


In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and special guest Richard Deitsch discuss Stephen Curry’s head injury, LeBron James’ dominance, and other stories from the NBA playoffs. They’re then joined by retired NFL kicker Nate Kaeding to assess the league’s decision to make the extra point 15 yards harder. Finally, ESPN correspondent Jeremy Schaap talks about his recent E:60 report on Sepp Blatter’s scandal-ridden tenure as the president of soccer’s international governing body, FIFA.

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


Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Yepremians:

Richard’s Yepremian: Bill Simmons, or part of his empire, could wind up at Fox Sports.

Mike’s Yepremian: University of Chicago behavioral economist Richard Thaler on his dealings with the Washington NFL team’s owner, Dan Snyder

Stefan’s Yepremian: Former New York Knick and former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley deflated basketballs in 1970 and 1973.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Richard Deitsch discuss the hiring of Isiah Thomas, who in 2007 was found by a jury to have sexually harassed a Madison Square Garden executive, as president of MSG’s women’s basketball team, the New York Liberty. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

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