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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 the U.S. women’s soccer team’s equal pay lawsuit with former national team goalkeeper Briana Scurry. Next, they are joined by Bruce Schoenfeld to discuss whether the Golden State Warriors’ owners deserve credit for the team’s greatness. Finally, they discuss the resurgence of the home run in Major League Baseball and various theories that might explain the rise in scoring.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a wage discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- How much money does the men’s team make by comparison?
- U.S. Soccer spent three times as much on the men’s team as the women’s team.
- In the New York Times Magazine, Bruce Schoenfeld investigates whether the Golden State Warriors’ venture capitalist owner is a factor in the team’s success.
- Joe Lacob isn’t the only venture capitalist that owns an NBA team.
- Lacob approached the Warriors similarly to a startup venture.
- MLB’s opening day was an opening day and an opening night.
- In FiveThirtyEight, Ben Lindbergh and Rob Arthur explored the mysterious resurgence of the home run in Major League Baseball.
- The rookies of 2015 were the best in 100 years.
- Maybe better player management and health are factors.
- The Japanese baseball league came under fire for juicing baseballs.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Vonteegos:
Mike’s Vonteego: “You don’t need to take a three” is poor color commentary.
Stefan’s Vonteego: Dan Feyer was dethroned as the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament champion.
Josh’s Vonteego: The 1943–44 Arkansas Razorbacks had to withdraw from the NCAA Tournament due to a tragic car accident.
Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein.
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