Hang Up and Listen

The Bernie and LeBron Are Both on Board Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Fair Pay to Play Act, Justify’s positive drug test, and My Life on the Line.

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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 and Josh Levin are joined by Matt Brown of SB Nation to talk about California’s Fair Pay to Play Act. Joe Drape of the New York Times also joins to discuss the hushing up of a positive drug test for last year’s Triple Crown–winning horse, Justify. Finally, former NFL offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan comes on the show for a conversation about his new memoir My Life on the Line, in which he explains what it was like to play in the league while in the closet.

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

Follow Matt Brown on Twitter and subscribe to his Extra Points newsletter.

Brown’s newsletter item on the Fair Pay to Play Act and what’s next for California and the NCAA.

The New York Times on Nancy Skinner, the California state senator who co-authored the legislation.

The NCAA claims the bill is unconstitutional. (Skinner disagrees.)

Follow Joe Drape on Twitter and read his New York Times report on Triple Crown winner Justify’s positive drug test.

Justify’s trainer Bob Baffert responded via his lawyer to Drape’s reporting. Drape then responded to that response.

The Thoroughbred Daily News’ take on the Justify controversy

• Buy My Life on the Line, Ryan O’Callaghan’s memoir (written with Cyd Zeigler).

Outsports’ overview of O’Callaghan’s book and story

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Runzas:

Stefan’s Runza: the short life of the Dickerod, one of many failed attempts to replace the chains that measure first downs in football.

Josh’s Runza: college coaches who say their wives are their “best recruits.”

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan, Josh, and Ryan O’Callaghan talk about what it’s like to play for the New England Patriots and what advice he gives to closeted NFL players.

Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.