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Why It’s So Hard For NFL Players To Get Rid Of The Franchise Tag
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Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (July 12, 2016), we welcome ESPN The Magazine’s Mina Kimes as a guest host.

We look at Von Miller’s battle with the Denver Broncos over his franchise tag, and Mina explains why the tag is a problem for players in the NFL. Then, we break down the numbers behind Daniel Murphy’s revenge run against the New York Mets and offer some insights into how the 2016 Major League Baseball season is shaping up at the All-Star break. Finally, this week features the deadest day in the sporting calendar, with all four major sports out of action. We wonder what the WNBA and MLS, which are still in action, could possibly do to capture the public’s attention. Plus, a significant digit on Tim Duncan, the NBA great who retired on Monday.

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Chadwick Matlin is a senior editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine is a senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight.

Joe Sykes produces our weekly sports podcast Hot Takedown.

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