Hang Up and Listen

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Slate’s sports podcast on Jay-Z and the NFL, the sale of the Brooklyn Nets, and sports words we’d like to ban.

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A weekly sports discussion show from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate personalities Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham talk about Jay-Z’s new partnership with the NFL and what it means for the league and the still unemployed Colin Kaepernick. They also discuss Joseph Tsai’s multibillion-dollar deal to buy the Brooklyn Nets—the highest price ever paid for an American sports franchise. Finally, they select the words that they’d like to ban from the sports lexicon.

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

Read Vinson Cunningham’s stories in the New Yorker.
• Slate’s Jeremy Stahl asks what Jay-Z and the NFL are fighting for.
• “Jay-Z Helped the NFL Banish Colin Kaepernick,” writes Jemele Hill in the Atlantic.
TMZ reports that Jay-Z “is going to become part owner of an NFL team … and it’s going to happen soon.”
• Joseph Tsai is set to buy the Brooklyn Nets at a valuation of $2.35 billion.
• SB Nation’s Tom Ziller on Mikhail Prokhorov’s legacy as the Nets’ owner.
• Ben Mathis-Lilley’s Slate piece on how the Nets deal supports Elizabeth Warren’s case to be president.
• Forbes’ list of the world’s 50 most valuable sports teams.
• Troy Machir’s prompt about words to ban from the sports lexicon, and Machir’s own top 10 selections.
• Bryan Curtis’ Grantland piece on the phrase “talk about.”

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly bell cows:

Stefan’s bell cow: It’s too hot to play high school football in the summer.

Josh’s bell cow: Revisiting an incident from tennis star Daniil Medvedev’s past.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan, Vinson, and Josh discuss the fate of Deadspin after the departure of editor-in-chief Megan Greenwell.

Podcast production and edit by Ethan Brooks and Danielle Hewitt.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.