Hang Up and Listen

The When Will Sports Be Back on TV? Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on sports television economics and HBO’s The Scheme. Plus, an interview with tennis player Kristie Ahn.

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Episode Notes

In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Joe Vardon of The Athletic to talk about when sports will be back on television, and the financial pressures behind ensuring that games are on the tube ASAP. They also discuss The Scheme, the HBO documentary about a middle man who paid college basketball recruits and somehow became a convicted felon. Finally, Josh chats with tennis player Kristie Ahn about the life of a professional athlete who’s off the tour and her relationship with her parents, who’ve encouraged her to leave the sport and get a corporate job.

Follow Joe Vardon on Twitter.

Vardon’s story in the Athletic, “Money trouble: The pressure behind getting sports back on TV.”

• The Wall Street Journal on the economic fallout in sports from the coronavirus.

• The New York Times’ Michael Powell on HBO’s college basketball documentary The Scheme.

• True Hoop’s Henry Abbott calls The Scheme an “impeccable portrait” of college basketball corruption.

• The NCAA’s enforcement staff will be watching The Scheme.

Follow Kristie Ahn on Twitter and watch her TikToks.

Ahn is on the WTA Players’ Council.

• Ahn made an amazing run in the 2019 U.S. Open.

• The New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg on Ahn’s relationship with her parents.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Dinara Safina:

Stefan’s Dinara Safina: The spitball and other “freak deliveries” were not banned from Major League Baseball because of the Spanish flu pandemic.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, and Josh talk about the legacy of Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred “Curly” Neal, who died last week at 77.

Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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A weekly sports discussion show from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate personalities Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin.

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