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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by to Jamil Smith to discuss the shifting politics of NFL protests and owners’ attempts to co-opt the players’ message. Joe Nocera of Bloomberg View also joins to assess the FBI’s investigation of the money changing hands between shoe companies, coaches, and players in college basketball. Finally, the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh comes on the show for a baseball playoffs preview.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Follow Jamil Smith on Twitter.
- Read Smith’s piece on the Washington Post, “How the NFL watered down Colin Kaepernick’s protest.”
- Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham’s account of how NFL owners tried to neuter the players’ protests.
- ESPN’s survey of NFL players’ protests shows the public divided along predictable racial lines.
- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton raised his fist after scoring a touchdown.
- Seattle Seahawks players announced the creation of the Equality & Justice for All Action Fund.
- Follow Joe Nocera on Twitter.
- The FBI is examining how shoe companies funnel money to assistant coaches and players in college basketball.
- Nocera’s Bloomberg View column on how the FBI is doing the NCAA’s dirty work.
- Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel has a solution to the latest NCAA scandal: Pay the players their fair market value.
- Back in June, Rick Pitino claimed he just got lucky in his recruitment of top high school prospect Brian Bowen.
- The National Review’s David French pens an open letter to conservatives about the NCAA.
- Follow Ben Lindbergh on Twitter.
- FiveThirtyEight says the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Houston Astros are the favorites in the baseball playoffs.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Stockades:
Josh’s Stockade: A thank you to the LSU football team for losing in extremely embarrassing fashion.
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