Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The How ESPN Changed the World Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the history of ESPN, Comcast’s challenge to ESPN, and the latest on the financial troubles of the New York Mets.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast, Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and guest host Richard Sandomir discuss the new book Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPNwith author Jim Miller. They also talk about Comcast’s coming challenge to  ESPN, and the ongoing Bernie Madoff-induced financial troubles of New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon.


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

Sandomir’s story on the secrecy surrounding Miller’s book.
Charley Steiner’s puzzlement at all the fuss over ESPN’s talent.
An excerpt from the book on GQ.com.
Comcast wants to challenge ESPN.
ESPN had to team with Fox to get PAC-12 football TV rights.
The NHL stayed with Comcast’s Versus and NBC.
Sandomir’s story on Dick Ebersol’s resignation as the head of NBC Sports.
Jeffrey Toobin’s New Yorker article on Fred Wilpon, Bernie Madoff, and the Mets.
Fred Wilpon is wrong! David Wright is a near-star.


Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Rasmussens:

Mike’s Rasmussen: A surprising new study on the economic impact of Olympic bids.
Rich’s Rasmussen: The late Harmon Killebrew, one of the good guys.
Stefan’s Rasmussen: The sideline exhortations of NBA coaches are incredibly banal.

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