Hang Up and Listen

The Turmoil at ESPN Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Alexander Zverev, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Rachel Nichols and Stephen A. Smith.

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Episode Notes

Josh Levin interviews Ben Rothenberg about his reporting on domestic abuse allegations against tennis player Alexander Zverev. Josh, Stefan Fatsis, and Joel Anderson are then joined by Grant Wahl to discuss Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Manchester United. Finally, assessing Rachel Nichols’ fall and Stephen A. Smith’s rise at ESPN.

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Follow Ben Rothenberg on Twitter and listen to his podcast No Challenges Remaining.

• Rothenberg’s Slate story on domestic abuse accusations against Alexander Zverev.

• Rothenberg’s earlier reporting on the allegations against Zverev, published by Racquet.

Follow Grant Wahl on Twitter and subscribe to his new newsletter, Fútbol with Grant Wahl.

• Last week, global soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo transferred from cash-strapped Juventus to the team of his youth, Manchester United.

• Rory Smith of the New York Times called the move “nostalgic pragmatism.”

• Gabriele Marcotti of ESPN described how Ronaldo’s agent went “door to door” to find him a new club.

• Kevin Draper’s July New York Times piece: “A Disparaging Video Prompts Explosive Fallout Within ESPN

• Dan Le Batard, Jemele Hill, and Amin Elhassan discussed Rachel Nichols, Maria Taylor, and ESPN.

• Last week, the New York Post reported that Stephen A. Smith had Max Kellerman removed from First Take.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Bishop Sycamore:

Josh’s Bishop Sycamore: The time the Steelers had a 4th-and-74 against the Raiders.

On this week’s bonus segment, Josh, Joel, and Stefan discuss Mets players’ decision to give their own fans a thumbs down.

Podcast production and edit by Alyssa Edes.

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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