Hang Up and Listen on pro football's return, the Tour de France, and the debate over paying college athletes.

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July 25 2011 7:17 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The NFL Unlocked Edition

Slate's sports podcast on pro football's return, the Tour de France, and the debate over paying college athletes.

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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and guest Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal discuss the coming end of the NFL lockout, the dramatic finish and barbed-wire crashes at this year's Tour de France, and the debate over whether college athletes should be paid.

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

The NFL lockout is over!
ESPN.com's Jeff MacGregor compares the lockout negotiations and the debt ceiling debate.
Bart Scott says the lack of two-a-day practices will make players "soft."
First-round draft picks will get a lot less money under the new deal.
The regular season will not be expanding to 18 games, for now.
James Harrison's interview with Men's Journal.
The Deadspin spat between (occasional Slate contributor) Nate Jackson and Chris Kluwe.
Cadel Evans was the first Australian to win the Tour de France.
Jason's Wall Street Journal article, "A Tour That Was Hard to Ignore."
Jason's story on Johnny Hoogerland's horrific crash.
A video of the crash and photos of the gruesome aftermath.
A New York Times op-ed on the new, cleaner Tour.
A New York Times piece on the Schleck brothers.
Alberto Contador punches a heckler.
NCAA President Mark Emmert says "substantial change" is needed in college sports.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive outlined a litany of possible reforms.
The Frontline documentary "Money and March Madness."
Real Sports debate on whether college athletes should be paid.
ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel compares college athletes to Olympians.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly rouleurs:
Mike's rouleur: Desmond Jennings and the insanity of baseball's "Super Two" rule.
Jason's rouleur: Nobody suffers like Jens Voigt.
Josh's rouleur: Possible titles for ESPN's new SEC documentary series.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

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Jason Gay is a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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