Stefan Fatsis

Stefan Fatsis began talking about "sports and the business of sports" with the hosts of All Things Considered in 1998. Since then he has been a familiar weekly voice on the games themselves and their financial, legal and social implications.

The author of three books, Fatsis' national bestseller, Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players, chronicled the subculture of the game and his own rise from novice to expert-level player. A 10th anniversary edition of Word Freak will be published in the summer of 2011.

Fatsis is the author of A Few Seconds of Panic: A Sportswriter Plays in the NFL, the story of his Plimptonian journey as a training-camp placekicker for the Denver Broncos and life in the modern NFL, and Wild and Outside: How a Renegade Minor League Revived the Spirit of Baseball in America's Heartland. He has contributed to the anthologies Anatomy of Baseball, Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Player of All Time, The Enlightened Bracketologist and The Final Four of Everything.

Fatsis can be heard on's weekly sports podcast "Hang Up and Listen." A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, he has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Deadspin and other publications.



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The Philadelphia '76ers have lost their last 15 games and no one would be surprised if they didn't win again this season. But the big question now is whether all that losing is intentional and whether the league needs to do something about it. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now. Hey there, Stefan.