Ever since iTunes added a section for podcasts in 2005, they have become a legitimate new medium. Now it seams as if almost every sports personality, celebrity, or internet star has one (In fact, our website even has one. More on that later).
While radio is dying a slow, quiet death, audio podcasts are growing exponentially. And at this pace, may come to to replace live radio for in many cases. The instant, up-to-the-minute nature of radio makes it easy for the otherwise distracted to miss their favorite shows. Podcasts make it possible for sports fans to time shift, allowing us to catch a show when we can be focused. There are so many excellent podcasts out there to listen to, so I’ve compiled my top ten favorite podcasts in no particular order:
By: Peter Elliott – @PelliottSports
The Garbage Time Podcast with Katie Nolan
Every week, the Fox Sports 1 personality has a chat with a new guest that she almost always seems to connect well with, and it’s always exciting and hilarious. As one of the youngest women in the sports media industry, she provides a great point-of-view that not many others can give.
The Art of Wrestling Podcast with Colt Cabana
If there’s one word to describe this weekly podcast, it would be conversational. The independent wrestling star takes his time talking with wrestling-affiliated guests–less of an interview and more of a nice sit-down talk, and it’s one of the reasons he can record one every week with such energy. These aren’t time sensitive, so episodes from a year ago are just as interesting as more recent shows.
Guardian Football Weekly Podcast
James Richardson, Rafa Honigstein, Barry Glendenning, Sid Lowe, and James Horncastle bring insightful analysis, witty banter, and some of the best coverage of the Premier League to listeners ears every week.
Cheap Heat Podcast
Peter Rosenberg, David Shoemaker (aka: “The Masked Man”), and “Stat Guy” Greg provide hilariously honest wrestling coverage in a time where it’s often taken too seriously. The weekly podcasts usually run around an hour, and are always a great listen.
Men in Blazers Podcast
Even though they may record their episodes in a studio that is the size of a closet, Michael Davies and Roger Bennett bring some of the best football content while injecting weird references and great humor. If you like their show on NBC Sports Network, you’ll want to listen to this podcast.
The Bill Simmons Podcast
After an ugly and long-awaited divorce with ESPN, Bill Simmons, now of HBO, brings the old “B.S. Report” style to the “Bill Simmons Podcast Network” or BSPN. See what he did there?
Simmons regularly has friends such as Joe House on Fridays to predict the NFL and NBA games, “Cousin Sal” to predict the NFL betting lines, and has regular talks with athletes and celebrities.
The Lowe Post
One of the smartest basketball minds around, Zach Lowe hosts a fantastic show that is always a pleasure to listen to. His guests are some of the best from the world of basketball, and they always strike up some great conversations.
Talk is Jericho
The celebrated pro-wrestler and frontman of Fozzy, Chris Jericho brings a unique voice to the podcast world with “Talk Is Jericho,” where he sits down every week with a new guest, usually from the world of wrestling or a friend or two from the music industry. Much like the Art of Wrestling, Talk Is Jericho is worth a listen for the lively conversation and provacative questions. If you like him as a wrestler or a rocker, you’re going to love him as a host.
Talking Baws Podcast
If you don’t know already, this website has a podcast and I would definitely recommend listening to it. Ladbrokes sponsors the show, and a variation of Daniel Caw, Kenny Millar, and Jonny Boyle host while accompanied by a guest. Previous guests include Southampton Director of Scouting & Recruitment Ross Wilson, Crystal Palace and Scotland national team football player James McArthur, and more.
Peter Elliott writes about the NFL and MLB for Talking Baws. You can follow him on Twitter @PelliottSports and email him at [email protected]