The sheer amount of available information in the digital age is daunting to most, but an inspiring opportunity to many. How can you walk the fine line of managing your available time with your need to be inspired and informed, as it related to following the top sports podcasts?
One thing is for sure: The Year 2017 is surely a time when we should be learning more by listening more, and it is with that in mind that we took on a short #SportsBiz assignment to compile a list of podcasts covering a wide-ranging spectrum of sports, games, media, pop culture and even some great conversations.
Take a listen to a few of these, if you like and let us know if @DigSportsDesk should dive deep into the world of podcasting? We’re leaning that way!
The Dan Patrick Show
Hands down, the best conversation on sports radio. Dan and his “posse” of “Danettes” (his tagline, not mine), stay fresh on a steady stream of current events and top-of-the-line guests. Smart commentary always and radio like Patrick’s interview/conversation with Jerry West belong in the Broadcast Hall of Fame, never mind your iPhone device. Get it at: http://www.danpatrick.com/dp-podcasts/ and access directly at http://www.podcastone.com/mobile/program.jsp?programID=588
The SI Media Podcast
Hosted by Richard Deitsch, all you want and need to know about the weekly insider viewpoint from the sports media landscape http://podbay.fm/show/997819235
The Bill Simmons podcast.
We’ve been following Bill Simmons since his days, long ago, at Digital City Boston, then at ESPN (dot) com of course, but like or hate ’em, Simmons’ following in the audio space, along with his list of high-profile and highly opinionated guests, is a top-notch option. The podcast world might be Simmons’ best medium as he excels with great conversations at http://podbay.fm/show/1043699613
The CUSP Show
Want to know about sports business movers and shakers, here is the show to listen to, from Columbia University’s graduate sports management group at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thecuspshow
The Vertical Podcast with Woj
If it’s pro basketball you like, this is the podcast for you. Once a news-breaking phenom, Won has gone multi-platform and multi-platinum amongst the podcast set with good reason. Look for great conversation more so than breaking news at https://art19.com/shows/vertical/
“The Forward” Podcast with Lance Armstrong
You thought Lance Armstrong had ridden-off into the sunset? Wrong, he’s podcasting. He covers a very wide variety of topics and his year-ender included a segment on fighting cancer, lest we forget. Put it on your on-deck circle of podcasts and give it a try someday on the life-cycle – by visiting http://lancearmstrong.com/podcast
Garbage Time With Katie Nolan
Always entertaining banter, many good guests and she breaks news and has a special place for Bostonians at http://podbay.fm/show/1049063694
The Jonah Keri Podcast
An interesting option specializing in baseball conversation with some other special guests sprinkled into the mix at http://nerdist.com/podcasts/jonah-keri-podcast/
Make Me Smarter Football Podcast
Michael Lombardi heads-up a must listen for NFL fans, often with some pop-culture references, a la Michael Corleone or The Sopranos. Well worth a listen, mainly during the NFL season and NFL Playoffs. Nick Wright plays a nice second fiddle, asks the right questions. Look here: https://art19.com/shows/make-me-smarter-football-podcast
Men In Blazers
All you want to know about soccer from the guys who have changed the way we Yanks look at “The Beautiful Game.” http://podbay.fm/show/908407811
NPR’s Doug Doyle has a nice mix of the famous and not so famous in long form sports conversations at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sportsjam-with-doug-doyle/id275762381?mt=2
Sports With Friends
Host Seth Everett keeps things moving with sports and pop culture guests, and even does a NJ Devils podcast now too.
From the folks at Five Thirty Eight, this sports-related podcast is worth a listen, especially if Kate Fagan is opining at http://fivethirtyeight.com/tag/hot-takedown/
The Tao of Sports
A wide ranging set of voices from college to minor league sports and beyond at http://sportstao.com/
The Vertical with JJ Redick
Gives you a great insiders view into what life is like in the NBA, along with those who helped the Duke grad get to where he is today in the League at http://podbay.fm/show/1078782233
One of several produced by DGital Media, you don’t have to love the UFC, or even MMA, to learn more about the great conversations had with Jim Norton and Matt Sera at http://podbay.fm/show/1124228879
BBC’s Desert Island Discs
Say no more other than a listen to the Bruce Springsteen interview (online for less than two-weeks, or until January 15th). Then, delve into the new 2017 podcast or the archives as you see fit. Bruce here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0855znp
The old 8-Tracks named are fun to hear and remember, and Bruce’s inspiration:
Elvis (Sun Sessions)
Editor’s Note: Desert Island Discs, Lance Armstrong, and Make Me Smarter Football were all suggestions from Mark “Spy” Popadick and he has a few more to add in the weeks to come.