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This chapter is from the book

Sports

We mention multiple times in this book to podcast about something you are passionate about. And with the possible exception of Mac-heads, no one group is more passionate about their hobby than sports fans. After all, fan is short for fanatic. This is evident in the sports podcasts that are out there. One great place to locate a wide variety of quality sports podcasts is at the My Sports Radio podcast network (www.mysportsradio.com.). One of the things you will notice with many sports podcasts is that they are oftentimes "buddy casts," where you have two or more buddies (and Budweisers) sitting around and bantering back and forth about sports. Table 3.15 provides a small sampling of some of the best sports podcasts, and you would be well advised if you are doing or thinking of doing a sports podcast to check these out.

Table 3.15. Popular Sports Podcasts

Host(s)

Podcast

Website URL

Multiple

My Sports Radio Network

www.mysportsradio.com

Andy and Matt

The Skinny on Sports

skinnyonsports.podshow.com

Dave and John

RaiderCast

www.theraidercast.com

Scott and Steve

Extra Points

www.extra-points.com

My Sports Radio Network

Sam Coutin has put together one of the best sports podcast networks. MySportsRadio.com (MSR) is a not just a podcast network, it is also a sports content production company. MSR has created a community where listeners interact with podcast hosts on a daily basis. MSR's mission is "to produce and broadcast the largest catalogue of quality sports radio programming for the most interactive sports community on the planet." Founded in December 2004, MSR has more than 500,000 downloads of the shows on its network every month.

The Skinny on Sports

Hosted by brothers Andy and Matt Skinn, The Skinny on Sports is one of the founding podcasts on the Podshow network. They release about 6 to 10 shows a month, and a typical show runs about 10 minutes in length.

RaiderCast

Hosted by Dave and John with help from Shawn and Jodi, this fearsome foursome produce what is clearly one of the best pro sports team fan-based podcasts. They release two to three shows a week during the season and offer a slightly less frequent release schedule in the off-season. The shows average 30 to 40 minutes in length per episode. The show is PG-rated.

Extra Points

Hosted by Scott and Steve, this podcast is from New England. Shows are released weekly, and the typical length of an episode is about 40 minutes. This show is PG-rated.

No League Is Too Small

The world of podcasting includes numerous podcasts about specific sports, sport teams, and celebrity athletes. But you do not have to limit your podcast to professional, college, or major high school athletics; you can just as easily podcast about the local rugby club. Granted, a podcast about the Johnson County Sundogs may not bring in thousands (or even hundreds) of listeners, but for all the current and past Ruggers, they will find it very relevant. Or maybe you want to do a podcast on the Bayport/Bluepoint Little League, where each show you wrap up the scores from the past week and interview the MVP for each age group. Hey, instead of yelling at your child's coach now, you can interview him, and as the late Billy Martin would have told you, nothing is worse than facing the press.

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