NFL preseason 2013: Hang Up and Listen on improving football broadcasts, money and wins in Major League Baseball, and ESPN’s response to Fox Sports 1.

Slate’s Sports Podcast on Whether ESPN Is Getting Smarter

Slate’s Sports Podcast on Whether ESPN Is Getting Smarter

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Aug. 12 2013 6:09 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Smart in Moderation Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Patriots’ preseason broadcast experiment, the correlation between money and wins in baseball, and if ESPN is getting smarter.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, John Koblin, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Patriots’ experimental format for broadcasting the NFL preseason and whether it could work for regular-season games. They also examine the dwindling correlation between team payrolls and wins in Major League Baseball. Finally, they talk about ESPN’s reaction to Fox Sports 1 and if the Worldwide Leader is getting smarter. 

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Rasmussens:

Mike’s Rasmussen: Kyle Porter of has posted predictions for almost every PGA tournament this year. The average finish of his predicted winners is 28th place.

John’s Rasmussen: Fox Sports will broadcast golf’s U.S. Open for 12 years beginning in 2015. How will Fox take to the sedate sport of golf?

Josh’s Rasmussen: Alabama strength coach Scott Cochran takes you on a tour of the "biggest, baddest weight room in the country!”

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John Koblin is a staff writer for Deadspin.

Josh Levin is Slate’s editorial director.

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