The best podcasts are the ones you want to listen to. More often than not, a great podcast would include shows that offer personal insights, a lot of cheeky banter, and even exclusive, insider knowledge that has yet to hit mainstream media. We’ve rounded up these best podcasts in the audible market today. Check out our list and see if your fave sports podcasts and other cult favorites made it!
The Best Podcasts for Sports Lovers
1. Ring Rust Radio
— RingRustRadio (@RingRustRadio) July 20, 2017
Bleacher Report writers Donald Wood and Brandon Galvin headline this splashy and fun podcast about professional wrestling with style and humor. Fans love the duo for doing such a great job in analyzing, politicking, and predicting all things WWE, TNA, and Lucha Underground.
Wood and Galvin’s lively debates about professional wrestling continue to prove that the sport, especially at its best, is one of the most athletic and entertaining things to watch on television. And therefore, earns a spot on this list today.
2. Move the Sticks
Lamar Jackson will be fun to follow this fall. pic.twitter.com/K6pH6NkGb7
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) July 14, 2017
NFL Network star Daniel Jeremiah is known for his great insights about NFL. So it was only natural for Jeremiah to have his very own podcast for sports fans who weren’t able to catch him on television.
Football fans love Jeremiah’s high-quality knowledge and analysis about football topics in his podcast. He has the ability to break down players just like in this phone interview, pull the curtain back on scouting, and explain everything else about the game, hence, even attracting football newbies to his podcast. He is also credited with bringing in people for interviews to go deep into various sports topics.
3. Baseball Tonight
The King with 2 earned runs allowed in his last 20 IP. https://t.co/R5TXeiIrtW He’s feeling it. SEA playoff odds to start the day: 18.5%
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 26, 2017
This podcast is a product of the longtime ESPN TV program with the same name. Hosted by Buster Olney, Baseball Tonight is everything Major League Baseball, and more.
Due to Olney’s career in baseball coverage and his deep connections within the professional baseball business, he is the perfect person to host the podcast. Fans love him for his sports facts, hot topics, and his own opinions. While he features a lot of ESPN personalities in his podcast, he occasionally welcomes sports writers into the show.
4. The Bill Simmons Podcast
From Monday’s BS Podcast – the most likely Kyrie destinations.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 25, 2017
Bill Simmons is a legend in sports podcasting. His career in sports podcasting has allowed him to build an impressive list of guests the envy of sports networks and agents.
The Bill Simmons Podcast has featured guests who open up about things you normally won’t hear in other interviews. His popular episodes were a couple with NBA championship Kevin Durant and every episode featuring American pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman and best-selling author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell. Further, Simmons has also guessed NFL lines with Cousin Sal and talked about politics or the Yankees with Jack-O.
5. The Ross Tucker Football Podcast
— Ross Tucker Podcast (@RTFPodcast) July 25, 2017
Want to listen to insights about the NFL from a former professional player? Ross Tucker is your guy!
In his podcast, Tucker consistently gives fans an interesting vantage point about professional football. He has shared behind-the-scenes, locker room stuff, and even on-field game evaluations. He also knows whom to tap as guests for his podcast to discuss sports topics and issues.
6. The Football Ramble
— The Football Ramble (@FootballRamble) June 28, 2017
Hosted by Marcus Speller, Luke Moore, Pete Donaldson, and Jim Campbell, this independent podcast made it on this list for its honest-to-goodness love for professional soccer. The foursome is known for exchanging witty banter in their one-hour podcast.
The hosts don’t have club affiliations, inside sources, media connections, or an expert to share a perspective in the podcast. But fans love to download and listen to The Football Ramble as if they’re listening to a bunch of sports aficionados/friend over drinks down at the pub. Their alternative take on the Premier League action every week is something to look forward to.
7. Eye On College Basketball
The Eye On College Basketball podcast has made Devan Downey a name that will live forever. https://t.co/7MbOF9moiL
— CBS Sports CBB (@CBSSportsCBB) March 19, 2017
This sports podcast is highly recommended for younger college basketball fanatics. CBS Sports writer Matt Norlander, who first started in the college radio show circuit, brings the same feel in this basketball podcast.
The daily debate between Norlander and his team feels like listening in to friends ripping each other out. The show also got its extra buzz when FiveThirtyEight editor and sports analyst Nate Silver dropped by as a special guest.
8. Fantasy Focus Football
— ESPN Fantasy Sports (@ESPNFantasy) July 26, 2017
Are you into fantasy football? This podcast is one of the few legitimate sports podcasts out there you should definitely download. Fantasy Focus Football by ESPN is hosted by “experts” Matthew Berry and Field Yates, along with the sports network’s injury analyst Stephania Bell. The trio leads the podcast in providing fantasy football strategy, previews, and injury reports daily.
The great thing about this fantasy football podcast is Berry and Ravitz’s ability to help even the most clueless fans about building rosters. The sports podcast has won several awards and recognition for their work.
9. Mike & Mike
Is the ACC the best conference in college football?
— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) July 25, 2017
Morning radio circuit regulars Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic have taken their four-hour show into a tight one-hour podcast of everything sports every afternoon. Their loud mouths can be a surprise at first, but you’ll definitely warm up to their coverage on anything major in the sports world that happened the day or the night before.
The duo’s chemistry is still recognized as the best in the business. Their connection with home network ESPN allows them to bring in a high-profile personality once in a while to join in their podcast.
10. The Rich Eisen Show
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) July 25, 2017
This two-hour podcast is one of the best podcasts in the business. Hosted by the face of the NFL Network, listening to host Rich Eisen’s podcast is well worth your time.
It’s no surprise why Eisen is one of the most followed personalities in sports. Aside from his quality commentary, Eisen has fascinated fans for his insightful football analysis mixed with pop culture and humor. The biggest names in sports and entertainment have joined Eisen as special guests on the sports podcast.
11. Jalen & Jacoby Show
— Jalen & Jacoby (@JalenandJacoby) July 26, 2017
Give a former player a show and pair him up with someone who can ease out secrets from him, and you have one of the best podcasts out there. This podcast headlined by ex-NBA star Jalen Rose and co-host David Jacoby has managed to attract sports fans for their craziest, exclusive stories.
In one episode, Jacoby eases Rose into sharing that one time he stole a television from basketball legend Patrick Ewing. Additionally, Rose revealed spraining GOAT Kobe Bryant’s ankle on purpose during a game.
Why have sports podcasts grown more popular than traditional sports radio programs? Check out these insights from TYT Sports:
In the video, Brett Erlich and Jason Rubin agreed the demand for sports podcasts will continue to increase as long as there is someone who is willing to download and listen. Standard call-caller debates and long ranting radio commentary formats have long tired even the most diehard sports fans. According to them, this has given way to a demand for variety in sports audible content. And with the best podcasts out there consistently delivering quality content in new formats, sports fans will always continue to support the sports podcast.
What are the best podcasts out there for you? Share us your favorite in the comments below!