Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Crying Neymar Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the World Cup, baseball expansion, and ditching the NBA draft.

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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 from Moscow by Ken Early of the Irish Times to discuss the men’s World Cup, including Argentina’s fall from grace, England’s impressive play, and Neymar’s meltdowns. The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh talks about the historic terribleness of pitcher hitting in Major League Baseball, and possible expansion and realignment. Finally, Jay Caspian Kang of Vice breaks down a proposal to replace the NBA draft with a public auction of incoming players.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Glen Selbos:

Stefan’s Glen Selbo: England striker Gary Lineker famously said that “football is a simple game,” and lots of other people now have too.

Josh’s Glen Selbo: the soccer player who killed an owl and the baseball player who killed an osprey.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan, Josh, and Jay Caspian Kang talk about how to choose sports teams for your kids.

Podcast production and edit by Patrick Fort. Our intern is Meredith Ellison.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.