Best Podcasts For Sports Fanatics
By Katrina Nattress
September 13, 2019
The podcast landscape has become so saturated these days that it's hard to sift through the good and the bad. Thankfully, we're here to help. These podcasts cover every aspect of sports, from basketball, football, baseball, hockey, and soccer, ranging from casual fans and those interested in learning more about a particular sport to those who want to know everything that's going on in the sports world and diehards who need to know how they should draft their next fantasy team. Here are the 10 best podcasts for sports fanatics.
There are a lot of fantasy football podcasts out there, but none are quite like Fantasy Footballers. The knowledgable and entertaining trio of Andy Holloway, Jason Moore, and Mike "The Fantasy Hitman" Wright give insight into the world of fantasy football that you can't really get anywhere else. Their thoughtful analysis, strong opinions, and spot-on match-up advice won't only help you win your fantasy league, it also won them the iHeartRadio Podcast Award for Best Sports Podcast.
The Bill Simmons Podcast
Bill Simmons is one of the most lauded personalities in the sports world. After establishing Grantland and The Ringer, he knows how to really engage an audience. As such, The Bill Simmons Podcast is the most downloaded sports podcast of all time. This podcast is one for the more casual sports fans, as its host often times incorporates music, movies, and other entertainment banter into his shows. And because of Simmons' clout, he's able to wrangle an impressive guest list, including A-list athletes and celebrities.
Buster Olney is a longtime columnist and TV reporter, and it shows in his podcast Baseball Tonight. The ESPN insider, along with guest analysts, leads in-depth discussions of the happenings throughout the MLB. Oftentimes he'll release more than one episode per day, especially during the season, to keep listeners in the know as much as possible. For serious baseball fans, this is a great podcast to keep up with, and for those who are a little more casual it's a good jumping off point to get more familiarized with the sport.
Pardon My Take
Barstool Sports' Big Cat and PFT Commenter prove why they became Internet famous with their podcast, Pardon My Take. The podcast sees the duo giving some hot takes on various goings on in the sports world — from March Madness to WWE championships, and everything in between. Though often accompanied by guests, it's the hosts' unpredictable and boisterous personalities that really anchor this podcast.
Against All Odds with Cousin Sal
Sal Iocano is best known for his role on Jimmy Kimmel Live and hosting "Cousin Sal’s Sure Thing," but he also has his own podcast. Against All Odds with Cousin Sal is geared towards sports fans that like to have something riding on the match. Every week, Sal breaks down gambling odds across a variety of sports including basketball, football, boxing, and professional hot dog eating. He's joined by celebrities, Vegas experts, and "his pack of degenerate friends," as they analyze and advise on that week's best bets, and discuss their latest wins...and losses.
Men In Blazers
This is the podcast for soccer fans. Men In Blazers hosts Michael Davies and Roger Bennett do their part in recruiting new fans in the States by focusing on the passionate affection those have towards the English Premier League, which is thought of as, well, the premier league of soccer fandom. Oh yeah, and they wear blazers during their recordings. Hence the name.
The Woj Pod
If you're an NBA fan, chances are you know the name Adrian Wojnarowski. The basketball reporter is arguably the most well-connected in the game, and often has the inside scoop on the happenings around the league before anybody else. You can also be in the know by subscribing to The Woj Pod. This podcast is designed to give listeners real-time breaking news with some of the NBA's most powerful players, from the commissioner, to general managers, coaches and star athletes.
The Herd with Colin Cowherd
Colin Cowherd's opinions can be a little divisive, but that's part of his appeal. The Fox Radio sports analyst goes more in-depth with his hot takes and strong opinions on his podcast, The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Every day, he discusses the most buzzing stories throughout the world of sports in episodes that can run two hours and longer. He also records more bite-sized daily episodes that give listeners a recap with "The Best of the Herd."
30 for 30 Podcasts
The makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 film series have dipped their hands into the podcast world. The 30 for 30 Podcasts air new seasons every spring and fall, creating audio documentaries that are just as compelling as their visual counterparts. Though many of the episodes focus on famous happenings around leagues like the NBA, NFL and MLB, they also air documentaries on sports like Bikram yoga and poker.
Around The NFL
If you're an NFL fan but would rather hear about the happenings around the league than how to draft the supreme fantasy football team, Around The NFL is the podcast for your. Hosted by Gregg Rosenthal, Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler and Chris Wesseling, this is the signature podcast from the NFL.com crew. Each week, they discuss key games and match ups, without fear or shame of veering off topic (albeit too frequently on some episodes).
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