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Industry Trends
February 15, 2023
min read
Eitan Ellis

Top 5 sports podcasts

Who has cable anymore? For better or for worse, the current climate forces us to depend on alternative sources for news and live updates. This has also affected how we follow and connect to our favorite sports: instead of relying on cable, sports fans have become dependent on following the top sports podcasts. For instance, in an increasingly globalized and borderless world, you have people like me who live on one side of the globe, but are still desperate to track the Toronto Raptors despite the eight hour time difference. 

I’m not alone in this either! The podcast revolution is hitting everyone in the western world, especially when it comes to sports-related podcasts. There are over 100,000 sports podcasts available on Spotify. According to SportsNexus, over 800,000 hours of sports content is streamed everyday. Can you guess what is the most popular sport for podcasts? You guessed it - Soccer (football). The industry is obviously scaling at an unprecedented rate and it's time for all of us to get on board. So in honor of the new reality- take a look at a few of our favorite sport news podcasts: 

1. The Pat McAfee Show  

Sports podcasts - the Pat McAfee Show

I thought I’d kick us off (super funny play on words if you know who Pat is) with my personal favorite sports podcast, the infamous Pat McAfee. Pat really is the definition of a renaissance man. After being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL draft, Pat had an awesome 8 year career as a punter, where he made two Pro Bowls and was even an All-Pro in 2014. Since his retirement from the NFL, McAfee has kept himself busy as a sports analyst, college football announcer, businessman, WWE guest wrestler and of course, pro podcaster of his hit sports show. The Pat McAfee Show has gained a cult following and millions of followers due to Pat’s electric personality, behind the scenes NFL stories and his hilarious antics that connect him with his audience on a different level.

Sports podcasts - the Pat McAfee Show podcast

Check out the greatest sports documentary ever made (by Pat) right here!

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2. The Bill Simmons Podcast

Sports podcasts - The Bill Simmons Podcast

There are a ton of sports news podcast hosts out there, but only Bill can boast having the most downloaded sports podcast of all time. Bill is a sports writer, sports analyst, author and founder of the website The Ringer. With over 835 episodes, Bill and his rotating crew of celebrities and former athletes passionately and comically discuss everything happening in the sports world. 

The Bill Simmons Podcast

See Bill’s theories on what’s going down with KD right here:

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3. The Lowe Post

Sports Podcast - The Lowe Post

“Zach Lowe talks to various basketball people about various basketball things.” What a fine way to sum up this all things basketball podcast. Host Zach Lowe is a sports analyst and sports journalist who dives into everything happening in the NBA and basketball world with coaches, analysts and both past and current NBA players. Zach started his career covering issues within the legal system but then found a way to monetize his true passion- talking sports with his buddies.  ESPN podcasts are somewhat of a gold standard when it comes to talking about sports podcasts.

The Lowe Post Podcast

Here's the latest episode:

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4. Football Daily Podcast

Best Sports podcasts - Football Daily Podcast

In honor of the Euro League competition currently taking place, let’s celebrate our favorite friends from across the pond. Football Daily podcast is a product of the BBC and covers the latest news from the UEFA and Euro 2020 with it’s energetic and passionate hosts, Mark Chapman, Steve Crossman and Emma Saunders. I don’t think they realize the sport is called “soccer” but the more I read it, the more football makes sense as a name.  

Sports Podcasts football Daily Podcast

Breaking down the biggest disappointments from the Euro’s:

For sponsorship enquiries: Interested in working with Football Daily? Click here to learn more.

5. Barstool’s Pardon My Take 

Sports Podcasts Pardon My Take YouTube

Pardon My Take is in many ways the sports radio jewel of the Barstool Empire. Pardon My Take is hosted by the hilarious dynamic duo of Big Cat and PFT (both their real names) and covers sports updates in the most comedic and gimmicky ways possible. Their insights are not only hilarious, but painfully accurate. Their show is certainly McAfee-esque with their stunts and interviews with athletes, coaches and owners alike attracting about 1 million listeners per episode. 

Pardon My Take Podcast

Check out this highlight reel of the best of the best from Pardon My Take:  

If there’s anything we love more than sports at ThoughtLeaders, it’s sports commentary (right?). The number of new sports podcasts that are being released is rising daily, so while this is currently our favorites list, it's definitely subject to change. Feel free to get in touch with us and let us know if you agree with our top 5. 

For sponsorship enquiries: Interested in working with Pardon My Take? Click here to learn more.

If you are a brand interested in working with the best sports podcasts, get in touch and we can help you find the right creators and manage your podcast campaign. 

If you are a podcast creator who is interested in promoting your content and partnering with the right brands, get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss your needs. 

If you are simply interested in discovering further top sports podcasts or other similar creators, let us know! 

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