Hang Up and Listen

The Scandal in the National Women’s Soccer League Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Tom Brady vs. the Pats, the baseball playoffs, and the National Women’s Soccer League.

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Episode Notes

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Tom Brady’s triumphant return to New England as a member of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Meg Rowley of FanGraphs also joins to discuss the end of baseball’s regular season and the start of the playoffs. And the Athletic’s Steph Yang helps assess the present and future of the National Women’s Soccer League in the wake of reporting about abuse and toxic work environments throughout the league.

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Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Bucs to victory in his return to New England.

• ESPN’s synopsis of the revelations in Seth Wickersham’s upcoming book about Brady, Bill Belichick, and the Pats.

• Alex Kirshner in Slate on Tom Brady defying age but not logic.

• Kirshner also wrote about Patriots rookie Mac Jones’ overhyped performance.

Follow Meg Rowley on Twitter and listen to the Effectively Wild podcast.

• FanGraphs’ Kevin Goldstein has some notes from baseball’s final weekend.

• ESPN’s preview of the big storylines in the baseball playoffs.

The Athletic’s reporting on the San Diego Padres’ collapse.

Follow Steph Yang on Twitter and read her story in the Athletic on “how the structure of sports protects abusers of power.”

Meg Linehan of the Athletic reported on National Women’s Soccer League players who accused a head coach, Paul Riley, of sexual coercion. The Washington Post’s Molly Hensley-Clancy reported on abuse against players by another coach, Richie Burke, and a toxic culture at the Washington Spirit.

• In the wake of the reports, the NWSL’s commissioner resigned and games were canceled.

• After years of silence, Hensley-Clancy wrote, players are speaking out about abuse and other inequities in women’s soccer.

• In 2012, American stars including Hope Solo and Abby Wambach defended the owner of a team, MagicJack, who was accused of bullying and other abuse.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Tim O’Toole:

Stefan’s Tim O’Toole: If he wants to become the NFL’s oldest player ever, Tom Brady needs to outlast a Black American pioneer, Bobby Marshall, as well as John Nesser, who played with his brothers on the Columbus Panhandles.

On this week’s bonus segment, Stefan and Josh continue their conversation with Steph Yang about what comes next for the National Women’s Soccer League.

Podcast production and edit by Kevin Bendis.

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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