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Introducing "Haters" from Man in the Arena
Dec 04, 2021
Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you’ve probably spent at least some of the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He’s changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. 'Man In the Arena' is a new 10-part series from ESPN and Religion of Sports that looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. Host Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom’s friend. America’s collective adoration of the underdog means that people love to hate Tom Brady. In the world of sports, hatred is inevitable, so why are haters always gonna hate? And in the context of sports, could hate be a positive thing? What might it take to change one fan’s mind? Listen on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3FgQalz), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3c6q4oB), or search 'Man In the Arena' wherever you're listening now.
College football’s championship weekend is here. And after marquee matchups like the SEC title game, between #1 Georgia and #3 Alabama, and #2 Michigan vs. #13 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship, the College Football Playoff committee will decide who is in, and who is out of this year's playoff. But beyond determining this year’s finalists, the committee is also coming off a meeting where they discussed the potential of expanding the playoff. And, in the midst of everything, several big name head coaches made moves to take new roles, like Lincoln Riley to USC and Brian Kelly to LSU. Heather Dinich explains who we could see in the playoff, what changes were discussed, and when a decision on reformatting the CFP could actually happen.
JJ Redick doesn’t consider himself a “take person” or “talking head.” At least not yet. As a player-turned-analyst who just retired after 15 seasons in the NBA, Redick says he doesn’t miss the game. The newly minted ESPN studio talent joins the show to tell us who’s looking like the best in the league, measure the NBA’s entertainment quotient, and weigh in on the importance of athletes’ mental health.
It’s been a wild few days across Major League Baseball, with a flurry of free agents signing massive deals with new teams. Max Scherzer to the Mets. Javy Baez to the Tigers. Corey Seager to the Rangers. But the reason for this flurry of spending is maybe the last thing you’d suspect: a looming labor stoppage. Tonight, at midnight, MLB’s collective bargaining agreement expires, meaning owners could begin a lockout that would effectively put a halt on the entire baseball industry until a new deal is struck. Jeff Passan takes us inside the high stakes negotiations between the owners and players, shares what’s at stake for both sides, and brings plenty of Diet Mountain Dew along for the ride.
30 for 30
30 For 30 Podcasts
Original audio documentaries from the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, featuring stories from the world of sports and beyond. 30 for 30 offers captivating storytelling for sports fans and general interest listeners alike, going beyond the field to explore how sports, competition, athleticism and adventure affect our lives and our world. Sports stories like you've never heard before.
THE KING OF CRENSHAW BONUS: The Xtra Lap
Aug 30, 2021
Nipsey’s life story lives on in his music, but only a handful of people witnessed Hussle in creation mode. Meet the brothers behind the beats and hear some of the secrets of the “slaps.”
Nipsey traveled across the world, but all of his love and loyalty funneled back to the community that raised him. With the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue as his headquarters, this episode looks at Nipsey’s devout local commitment — and how that played out in the worlds of business, philanthropy and social justice as many young Black men in the NBA began to actively engage in those areas as well. In death, Nipsey left a blueprint for this friends to follow, and through them, Nipsey’s prophetic mantra, ‘The Marathon Continues’ will do just that.
There are a ton of descriptions that could properly summarize Nipsey Hussle’s music career. But “overnight” isn’t one of them. A decade-plus-long journey through time that weaves in the highs, lows, joys and pains of Nipsey’s voyage to his debut album ‘Victory Lap.’ And how that marathon ran parallel with the NBA players who were in awe of his every move.
Nipsey Hussle is a Los Angeles icon, but what’s the story behind that? Before the fame, he was Ermias Asghedom, a young kid coming of age in the South Crenshaw district. Life in South LA was beautiful, but it wasn’t for the weak of heart either. This episode is a look into the world that raised, bruised, and ultimately made Nipsey Hussle the man he became.
Baseball Tonight With Buster Olney
Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.
Dec 02, 2021
Jeff Passan joins Buster to discuss the official start of the lockout, the forever fight over money, the poor working relationship between the players and owners, the importance of message discipline, each side's soft underbelly and how much spending will occur when the labor situation is resolved. Then, Hembo stops by to discuss his research on the middle class dilemma, his favorite free agent signing and his least favorite signing. Later, Buster and Tim Kurkjian suspend reality and hit on all the major signings from the last week.
Nov 23, 2021
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss the intrigue around this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, how they think voters will treat David Ortíz, if Curt Schilling will make it in, the expectation that there will be a lock out, how a lockout would crush the middle class of players, Carlos Correa contract predictions from executives, the biggest names that are likely to be traded this offseason and keeping an eye on the Rangers. Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the Comeback Player of the Year, Noah Syndergaard and Guerrero family MVP votes.
Introducing 'Man in the Arena'
Nov 20, 2021
Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you’ve probably spent at least some of the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He’s changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. 'Man In the Arena' is a new 10-part series from ESPN and Religion of Sports that looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. Host Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom’s friend.Listen on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3FgQalz), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3c6q4oB), or search 'Man In the Arena' wherever you're listening now.
Nov 19, 2021
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss Cleveland’s official transition to the Guardians name, Bryce Harper winning a second MVP and growing into the face of the franchise, Freddie Freeman’s contract talks with the Braves, José Berríos signing for 7-years with the Blue Jays, the Angels grabbing Noah Syndergaard for one year, Justin Verlander returning to the Astros, Eduardo Rodríguez heading to Detroit, their advice for new Mets GM Billy Eppler, and Rob Manfred’s lockout comments.
The Adam Schefter Podcast
The Adam Schefter Podcast
Adam Schefter talks with the biggest names in and around football, taking you inside what makes them tick and how they got to where they are.
Conquering Cancer & Playing Football
Nov 30, 2021
Adam starts off this week's episode with a story about his disastrous Thanksgiving. After that, he sits down with 49ers Pro Bowl Offensive Tackle, Trent Williams, who details his battle with cancer and how his life and football have changed forever. Adam wraps up with some news and notes around the league including the latest on Kliff Kingsbury's job situation.
The Dad Of Nashville: Taylor Lewan
Nov 23, 2021
Adam starts off this week's episode with a lookahead to the Thanksgiving Day matchups as well as Sunday's slate of games. Then Titans' OT Taylor Lewan joins the show to talk about Michigan vs. Ohio State, what it takes to be a pro, a preview of the Titans vs. Patriots matchup, and there's even a bit of breaking news!
It All Connects Back to Tom Brady
Nov 16, 2021
Adam starts off this episode with a lookahead to Week 11 and how the week starts and ends with Tom Brady. After that, Gotham Chopra, director of the new docuseries "Man In the Arena: Tom Brady", joins the show to detail his time with Tom and what listeners can expect from this series. Then, Mike Forde of Sportsology, joins us to talk about how he assists teams around the world in restructuring and new hires as we approach the coaching carousel.
Who Could've Predicted This?
Nov 09, 2021
Adam starts off this week's podcast with a deep dive into what he calls the greatest reality show there is: the NFL. He discusses everything from last week’s trades to players finding themselves in hot water. After that he gets into Week 9’s slate of games and what to expect heading into Week 10. Then, we are joined by Colts RB Jonathan Taylor who discusses his career in the NFL and how he is now poised to win the leagues rushing title. Lastly, Adam wraps with a personal injury story involving hand warmers at Heinz Field.