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Hang Up and Listen: The Loser’s Curse Edition

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca discuss the NFL draft, the rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 68-team NCAA hoops tournament, and baseball’s unwritten rules.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

The Denver Post on the love affair between Tim Tebow and Josh McDaniels.
Star college quarterback Armanti Edwards will likely convert to slot receiver in the NFL.
Cade Massey and Richard Thaler on “the loser’s curse”—how the first pick in the NFL draft is actually the least valuable in the first round.
Thaler’s story in the New York Times about the economic nonsense of the NFL draft.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says rookie salaries are a waste of dollars.
SI.com on why the rookie wage scale is broken, and how to fix it.
The chart that teams use to value draft picks.
The Wall Street Journal suggests replacing the NFL draft with an auction.
A New York Times feature on Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti.
The Thunder will have a lot of room under the salary cap next season.
The online documentary Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team, about the Seattle Sonics’ departure to Oklahoma City.
The economics behind the CBS/Turner deal to broadcast the NCAA Tournament.
ESPN.com on what we know about the 68-team tournament.
The ESPN family of networks got outbid for March Madness.
The crossing-the-mound kerfuffle between Dallas Braden and Alex Rodriguez.
A compendium of opinions on the Braden-Rodriguez affair.
In 2007, A-Rod yelled “ha!” in an attempt to distract a Toronto Blue Jays fielder.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s list of unwritten rules in various sports.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly $91 million relievers:
Mike’s $91 million reliever: The burial site of Henry Chadwick, the man who invented the baseball box score.
Stefan’s $91 million reliever: The NCAA’s ban on eye-black messages. (A collection of Tim Tebow’s eye-black Bible verses, and a video about USC players’ eye-black messages.)
Josh’s $91 million reliever: The U.S. Open’s national qualifying tournament, featuring Rabbi Gregg Ackerman. (The Onion’s video on March Madness expanding to 4.096 teams.)

Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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