Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Caught Between the Moon and Golden State Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Raheem Sterling, Fox and the NFL, and Stephen Curry and the moon.

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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 the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham. They discuss Manchester City star Raheem Sterling’s call to end the culture of racism in English soccer. The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis also comes on the show to talk about the 25th anniversary of the NFL’s TV deal with Fox. Finally, they examine discuss Stephen Curry’s doubts about the moon landing.

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

Follow Vinson Cunningham on Twitter.

• The soccer club Chelsea and the police are investigating a clip of a fan racially abusing Manchester City player Raheem Sterling.

Sterling’s Instagram post about racism in English soccer.

• A Twitter thread of examples of how the media criticizes Sterling.

• Column by Jonathan Liew of the Independent on racism in football and England.

Follow Bryan Curtis on Twitter.

• Read Curtis’ oral history of “the most important TV deal in history,” when Fox got the rights to the NFL.

• Stephen Curry said he believed the moon landing is a hoax. He then said he was joking.

• Kyrie Irving apologized for saying the Earth is flat.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly shaking space stations:

Vinson’s shaking space station: It’s time to ditch the phrase “the modern NBA.”

Stefan’s shaking space station: The Penn basketball lunch pail joins the turnover chain, game ball, and other motivational totems.

Josh’s shaking space station: A quest to find a clip of Pat Summerall promoting the Fox sketch comedy show House of Buggin’.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan, Josh, Vinson Cunningham, and Bryan Curtis talk about the sameness of NFL broadcasts and whether Amazon, Facebook, or other bidders for the league’s TV rights could change how games are televised.

Podcast production and edit by Patrick Fort.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.