In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the sudden move to rebrand the Washington NFL team. They also talk about all the athletes opting out of entering the sports world’s various coronavirus bubbles. Finally, Mina Kimes discusses her new role as an analyst for ESPN’s NFL Live.
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• The Washington NFL team, under pressure from sponsors, is expected to change its racist nickname, possibly by the start of the 2020 season.
• Read coverage in the Washington Post about team owner Daniel Snyder’s minority partners seeking to sell their shares, new coach Ron Rivera embracing a name change, and the franchise’s internal dysfunction.
• In a new survey in February, more than half of Native American respondents opposed the team’s name.
• Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians are considering a name change and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League are under pressure to do the same.
• Ian Desmond announced that he’s sitting out the 2020 MLB season.
• Mike Trout has expressed his doubts about the season.
• A bunch of WNBA players are sitting out, some to concentrate on social activism.
• Follow Mina Kimes on Twitter.
• Mina will join a revamped panel on ESPN’s NFL Live.
• Mina’s weekly work diary.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly 1995 Dodge Caravans:
Stefan’s 1995 Dodge Caravan: In the 1930s, George Preston Marshall, the segregationist owner of the Washington football team, received a patent on a domed stadium with a retractable roof.
Josh’s 1995 Dodge Caravan: David Duke, the subject of Slow Burn Season 4, was wrong about everything, including LSU football coach Curley Hallman.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, and Josh discuss possible new nicknames for the Washington NFL team and the Cleveland Indians.
Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.
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