Hang Up and Listen

The Is the NFL Colluding Against Lamar Jackson? Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on March Madness, the Ravens quarterback, and Gary Lineker vs. the BBC.


Episode Notes

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas talk about what went wrong for the North Carolina men’s basketball team and other NCAA Tournament matters. They also check in on quarterback Lamar Jackson’s standoff with the Baltimore Ravens. Finally, the Athletic’s Nick Miller joins to discuss why the BBC pulled soccer commentator Gary Lineker off the air, and what happened next.

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Follow Louisa Thomas on Twitter, read her work in the New Yorker, and buy her books.

• The Washington Post’s Chuck Culpepper: “Kentucky and North Carolina epitomize a basketball season of confusion

• Alex Kirshner in Slate on Jim Boeheim’s bizarre departure as Syracuse’s men’s basketball coach.

• Dawn Staley and the South Carolina women are looking to repeat as NCAA champions.

• ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Jamison Hensley wrote about “an awkward year in limbo” for Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.

• ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio: “Here’s a look at how collusion happens among NFL owners

• Per the Athletic, the NFL Players Association alleged last year that “teams and the league have colluded to prevent clubs from offering players fully guaranteed contracts.”

• Florio says Jackson needs an agent.

Follow Nick Miller on Twitter and read his work in the Athletic.

• On Monday, the BBC reinstated commentator and English soccer legend Gary Lineker and apologized for suspending him over a tweet critical of the Conservative government’s refugee policies.

On Twitter, Lineker called the episode “a surreal few days” and thanked his colleagues and the public for showing empathy toward the plight of refugees.

• In the Athletic, Miller described how a staff mutiny forced the BBC to air its signature football show, “Match of the Day,” without commentary or music.

• The Guardian described the broadcast as “20 minutes of shameless, joyless TV.”

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Nagoya Grampus:

Stefan’s Nagoya Grampus: Is a lawsuit challenging the Ivy League’s ban on athletic scholarships the next domino in college sports?

On this week’s bonus segment, Josh and Stefan talk about whether March Madness is impervious to men’s college basketball’s dwindling popularity.

Podcast production and edit by Kevin Bendis.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.


About the Show

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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