Takeline

Takeline

Takeline is a weekly podcast hosted by Jason Concepcion that’s a fast-paced exploration of the NBA and world of sports and culture. Each week Jason talks about the games, players, controversies and issues that run both on and off the court. The show will be a place for lively debates, guests (experts and super fans), and contributors who will provide game analysis, get deep into the storylines and will give the audience a chance to learn everything they didn’t even know about the games. New episodes every Tuesday!

Episodes

November 15, 2022 64 min

All good things come to an end! On this series finale episode of Takeline, Jason is joined by three of his rotating co hosts, Zach Harper (The Athletic) Jordan Ligons (Spinsters podcast) and Jamel Johnson (Air Buds, Sorry We Love Football), to offer one last round of hot takes on the sports world. Then, super producers Zuri Irvin and Ryan Wallerson join the fray for one last Take Survivor. 

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What a sports weekend! The World Series ended with a Houston Astros victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in six games and the Major League Soccer season ended with Los Angeles Football Club’s first championship. Jamel Johnson (Air Buds, Sorry We Love Football) returns this week, alongside guests Will Kuntz (LAFC asst. general manager) and MLB.com’s Will Leitch, who join to take us into the MLB and MLS championships. 

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Jason Concepcion joins special guest Jamel Johnson (Air Buds, Sorry We Love Football), alongside The Athletic's Fred Katz and Zach Berman. Fred Katz, Knicks beat reporter, checks in to explain why the team is moving both backwards and forwards. Zach Berman, Eagles beat reporter, joins the show with a temperature check on the Philadelphia Eagles and their chances of a perfect. Jason and Jamel discuss Kyrie Irving and how to comb...

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October 25, 2022 46 min

Welcome to a NBA and Athletic heavy edition of Takeline. Jason Concepcion and the great Zach Harper, NBA insider extraordinaire for the Athletic, dissect the early season struggles of the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, then Zach’s fellow NBA Insider at the Athletic John Hollinger joins the episode to share his thoughts on the first week of the NBA season and major storylines for the 2022 NBA campaign. 

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It's a soccer themed episode of Takeline this week. Kellyn Acosta, midfielder for Los Angeles Football Club and United Stated Men’s National Team, comes on Takeline to discuss LAFC’s regular season success, preview the MLS playoffs and look forward to the World Cup. Then, we’re joined by Wall Street Journalists Josh Robinson and John Clegg, the co-authors of the new book "Messi vs. Ronaldo: One Rivalry, Two GOATs, and the E...

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This fall, when the eyes of the world turn towards Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a shadow looms over the tournament, which is one of the most watched events in the world. The sports landscape being co-opted for geo-political and corporate gain is nothing new, but this year's iteration of football's biggest competition may be the most expensive example to date. Pod Save the World’s Tommy Vietor and Roger Bennett of Men ...

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Hello and welcome back to Takeline! Jason Concepcion and Jamel Johnson (Air Buds and Sorry We Love Football podcasts), along with producers Ryan Wallerson And Zuri Irvin, discuss the events of MLB Wild Card weekend and week 10 of the English Premier League. Then Anthony Slater, Golden State Warriors insider for the Athletic, takes the duo through the events and fallout of last week's altercation between Jordan Poole and Draymon...

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Hello, and welcome back to Takeline! Jason Concepcion is flying solo this week, but has got a great show lined up for you that spans the sports spectrum from football (soccer) to football (NFL) with some NBA in between. Jake Fischer, Senior NBA Reporter for Yahoo Sports, will joins the pod to discuss the latest transactions and storylines around the association as the NBA preseason picks up. Then Jason reunites with his old coworke...

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September 27, 2022 49 min

Alongside host Jason Concepcion, comedian and podcaster Jamel Johnson (Air Buds, Sorry We Love Football) joins the show to discuss the fracas from this year's NBA Media Day. Later, NBA staff writer Jared Weiss (The Athletic) joins the show to help unpack situation between now suspended Celtics head coach Ime Udoka. The team held a press conference to announce Udoka’s suspension Friday. Finally, senior NFL reporter Kalyn Kahler ...

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On this week's Takeline, Jason Concepcion is back and refreshed from vacation and excited to be back at the helm of the show. Tania Ganguli, NBA reporter for The New York Times joins to discuss the investigation into and suspension of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, Anna Wolfe, of Mississippi Today, shares her incredible reporting on former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who attempted to shepherd a proposal to use welfare fund...

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Welcome to another episode of Takeline! On this week's podcast, Jordan Ligons and Jamel Johnson hold the fort down for Jason Concepcion as he continues to enjoy some well-deserved R&R. The duo discuss the WNBA Finals match up between the Las Vegas Aces and the Connecticut Sun. Then, Ben Rothenberg of Racquet Magazine helps recount events of the U.S. Open, which came to a close on Sunday and finally, and the show wraps up wi...

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Welcome to a special post Labor Day edition of Takeline. Jamel Johnson, host of the "Air Buds" and "Sorry We Love Football" podcasts, and Zach Harper of the Athletic host this week's episode while Jason Concepcion enjoys a well deserved week off.  The Donovan Mitchell Saga ended with the Utah Jazz trading the Spyda to the Cleveland instead of the New York Knicks as widely expected, and Eric Walden of the Salt La...

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In OKC, it looks like we’re heading back to tank town after Chet Holmgren was been ruled out for the season after suffering a Lisfranc injury in his right foot. Thunder reporter with The Athletic Andrew Schlecht joins us with the latest. Then, college football national reporter Nicole Auerbach helps explain The Big Ten’s titanic new TV rights deal & what might happen as conferences continue to realign.

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On this week's episode of Takeline. Jason Concepcion is joined by Jordan Ligons, host of the Spinsters podcast.  Jamel Johnson joins the duo to recount the WNBA playoff games from over the weekend and share their postseason expectations. Then, Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal will joins the podcast to react to Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s 11 game suspension from the league stemming from his sexual assau...

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On this week's Takeline, Jason Concepcion is joined by Zach Harper of the Athletic. Together, they discuss the Detroit Lion's edition of "NFL: Hard Knocks" and the English Premier League's equivalent, "All or Nothing,"  which is focused on Jason's EPL team Arsenal this season. Then, the duo take a deep dive into the Brooklyn Nets' drama filled postseason with Kristian Winfield, Nets beat writer f...

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Joshua Robinson (Wall Street Journal) joins Takeline to help break down every match from Premier League’s opening weekend, with discussions on Arteta’s future with Arsenal, Tottenham’s statement win & a sputtering Chelsea team. Josh’s new book (Messi vs. Ronaldo), written with Jonathan Clegg, is out November 1st, 2022. Then, Trevor Lane (Lakers Nation) joins the show to explain the Lakers’ ideal deadline to trade Russell Westbr...

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On this episode of Takeline, Jason Concepcion talks to Myles Simmons — a reporter with NBC Sports & Pro Football Talk — about Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension, handed down to him Monday by independent arbitrator Sue L. Robinson, in a punishment that can still be upended by commissioner Roger Goodell. Jason also talks to New Orleans Pelicans reporter Will Guillory of The Athletic about Zion Williamson’s curious weight clause...

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Jason is joined by Jamel Johnson (Air Buds podcast) to help explain what it’s like to hang with celebrities at the ESPYs in Hollywood. Later, Jason & Jamel talk to Max Bretos — play-by-play announcer for LAFC — to unpack the state of Major League Soccer (with a look towards the 2022 World Cup) after Gareth Bale & Giogio Chellini made their debuts in LA.

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Bob Harig of Sports Illustrated joins Takeline to unpack the awkward appeal of LIV Golf, Ian Poulter’s 160-foot putt, Rory’s duel with Cameron Smith and Tiger Woods’ long walk off The Open. Then, Penn State law professor William E. Butler explains Brittney Griner’s recent acknowledgement of guilt, Russia’s narcotic substance punishments, “prisoner swaps,” and the likelihood of an acquittal. 

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Jason Concepcion, refreshed and recharged for the Summer, makes his triumphant return on this week's episode of Takeline.  Alongside co-host Jamel Johnson, Concepcion chats with another great friend of the pod, Zach Harper of the Athletic, who joined from deep within the thick of NBA summer league in Las Vegas, Nevada to talk the summer league experience as well as offseason storylines, rumors, trades and signings. Then Tumaini...

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