10 Awesome Sports Documentary Podcasts

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Creation Date September 20th, 2019
Updated Date Updated May 13th, 2020
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These are the best narrative, storytelling sports podcasts I've found so far. They each tell sports stories in an engaging, highly-produced manner. Some are general sports podcasts, while others are sport-specific including football, baseball, and basketball podcasts. The stories are almost all evergreen, so you can binge on back catalogues.
  1. 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.
  2. The first daily sports news podcast that covers everything from the world stage to the hometown. The Athletic, home to the best storytelling in sports, and Wondery, the company behind “Sports Wars” and “Gladiator,” take you beyond the box score. With the help of The Athletic’s more than 400 sports writers and editors, co-hosts Kavitha Davidson and Anders Kelto dive deep into the biggest and most fascinating stories of the day. New episodes every weekday morning. The Lead. Sports up close.
  3. An award-winning weekly sports magazine for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider
  4. Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic battles?From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars”, “Gladiator” and “The Lead” comes SPORTS WARS, a new series that offers an immersive look at some of the greatest athletic rivalries of all time: two superpower nations facing off in the Miracle on Ice. The battle for the starting quarterback gig in Green Bay between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. And many more.Host Dan Rubenstein (Sports Illustrated, SB Nation) will take you from the grudge matches to the pranks, from the tantrums to the triumphs: what really happened, who was right, who was wrong -- and you can decide whose side you’re on.
  5. In Season 2 of the Razed Sports podcast, host Bob Harkins goes deep into minor league baseball, following a hard-throwing pitcher as he chases his dream of playing in the big leagues. Join us as we follow a unique journey that teaches lessons about dealing with both success and failure, and about navigating the curveballs of life. https://razedsports.com/ Razed Sports is a proud member of the Story Hangar podcast network.
  6. In a first-of-its-kind podcast, MLB.com reporters will take deep dives into some of baseball's best-untold stories. Beginning with a six episode mini-series on how the 2009 Draft changed the face of modern baseball, followed by an inside look at how Mariano Rivera discovered his legendary cut fastball, the Full Account podcast takes baseball storytelling to a new level.
  7. Football star Aaron Hernandez went from the bright lights of the Super Bowl to a convicted murderer in a few years. The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, best known for its investigation of the sexual abuse scandal inside the Catholic Church, takes a hard look at the crisis facing football through the lens of Aaron Hernandez’s life and terrible crimes.From Wondery, the podcast team that brought you Dr. Death, Spotlight asks: Did a brain badly damaged by football contribute to Hernandez’s violent behavior? Did he keep secrets about his sexuality that collided with a hyper-masculine football culture? Did elite coaches and teams look the other way as Hernandez was spiraling out of control?Spotlight uncovered new documents, audio, and interviews to go deep into the story of what happened to Aaron Hernandez, and what it means for those of us who cheer on a violent game. 
  8. The dunk that launched a sneaker war. The first woman to throw down. These and more are the stories of ESPN's podcast mini-series.
  9. A podcast about the underdog. The Columbia University Lions have gone more than two years without a win on the football field. This fall, they are determined to end that losing streak. Their not-so-secret weapon: a new coach with one of the best records in the league. But is he the right man for the job? And are grit and strategy enough to make the Lions roar again? Every week, The Season goes onto the field to see what it really takes to make a comeback. WNYC Studios is the producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio, On the Media and many others
  10. Liars, cheaters, burglars, oh my! Enter the amusing, diabolical, and entertaining world of sports trickery and mayhem. Spencer Hall shares the absurd stories of stolen bats, pirated play calls, renegade cross-country road racers, and promising footballers who, it turns out, were never really footballers at all. A storytelling experience by SB Nation and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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