Deflategate report: Hang Up and Listen on Tom Brady’s likely punishment, Bill Simmons’ departure from ESPN, and the rise of daily fantasy sports.

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Are Fans and Journalists Overreacting to the Patriots’ Deflated Footballs?

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May 11 2015 4:42 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Hours of Something Approaching Pleasure Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Deflategate report, Bill Simmons’ departure from ESPN, and the rise of daily fantasy sports.

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Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Seth Stevenson by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Seth Stevenson talk about the Wells report on the Patriots’ underinflated balls and whether Tom Brady’s alleged ball crimes are more like a huge watermelon of a deal or a shriveled grape. They also talk about Bill Simmons’ imminent departure from ESPN, where he should land, and what it means for his website Grantland. Finally, they assess the rise of daily fantasy sports and what it could mean for the future of pro sports and of gambling.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Waggoners:

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Mike’s Waggoner: Starting a movement to nickname the Mets the “Flushing Fastballs.”

Seth’s Waggoner: The Brooklyn Nets’ in-arena experience has not been up to snuff.

Josh’s Waggoner: Wrestling legend Captain Lou Albano appears on Fox’s Lie Detector in the dumbest moment in American history.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Seth Stevenson, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Slate’s Will Dobson to discuss whether Paul Pierce’s bank shot was a classic sports moment. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.