FIFA scandal: Hang Up and Listen on FIFA corruption, the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Nationals’ Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.

Will the United States and Europe Start a Rival World Cup?

Will the United States and Europe Start a Rival World Cup?

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June 1 2015 5:19 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Good Nat, Bad Nat Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on whether FIFA will ever change, the Stanley Cup Finals, and Bryce Harper’s breakout season.

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

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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 whether it is possible for FIFA to eliminate corruption amid charges of racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering. They also consult Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski for predictions and analysis ahead of the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals. Finally, they talk about Bryce Harper’s breakout season and Stephen Strasburg’s disappointing start to 2015.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly inverted W’s:

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Mike’s inverted W: With a lull in professional sports, New York sports fans are left with only the Under-20 World Cup for entertainment.

Stefan’s inverted W: a look back at pigeon shooting in the 19th century and where it lives on today.

Josh’s inverted W: Iran’s “court jester” Mansour Bahrami brings a Harlem Globetrotters spirit to tennis.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NBA Finals and responses to Klay Thompson’s recent concussion. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Emma Zehner.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.