208 episodes

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.

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    • 3.7, 2K Ratings

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.

    The NWSL Takes Flight

    The NWSL Takes Flight

    The NWSL became the first professional U.S. sports league to resume play this week, kicking off the Challenge Cup, a month-long knockout tournament, in Utah. The Athletic’s Meg Linehan joins us to discuss what happened in the opening matches, a much-talked-about moment during the national anthem, and whether or not anyone can stop the North Carolina Courage.

    Follow Meg Linehan's coverage of the NWSL:

    https://theathletic.com/author/meg-linehan/?source=theleadpodcast

    • 12 min
    Tom Brady's Workouts: Fearless or Foolish?

    Tom Brady's Workouts: Fearless or Foolish?

    As coronavirus cases skyrocket in Florida, Tom Brady has been defying league health recommendations and working out with his Tampa Bay Buccaneer teammates at a local high school -- and posting about it on social media. The Athletic’s Greg Auman joins us to talk about Brady’s controversial training sessions and why they have become a lightning rod in a national debate over COVID-19.

    Read Greg Auman's story about the Brady workouts:

    https://theathletic.com/1893828/2020/06/25/as-workouts-with-bucs-continue-is-tom-brady-being-fearless-or-foolish/?source=theleadpodcast

    • 12 min
    How College Sports Helped Change Mississippi's Flag

    How College Sports Helped Change Mississippi's Flag

    There was some historic news out of Mississippi yesterday, as governor Tate Reeves signed a bill removing the Confederate emblem from the state flag. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s David Ubben to discuss the role that college sports played in the change, from SEC head coaches Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach to Mississippi State's star running back Kylin Hill. 

    Read David Ubben’s column about Kylin Hill and the Mississippi flag: https://theathletic.com/1897593/2020/06/28/kylin-hill-mississippi-state-flag-kansas-state-football-player-protest/?source=theleadpodcast

    • 12 min
    The Patriots Bet On Cam Newton

    The Patriots Bet On Cam Newton

    Cam Newton is officially a member of the New England Patriots. And the Pats reportedly got the former NFL MVP at a bargain basement price.The Athletic’s Mike Sando joins us to talk about how the deal came about, what the Pats could look like with Cam at the helm, and what this signing tells us about Superman.

    More from Mike Sando:

    https://theathletic.com/author/mike-sando/?source=theleadpodcast

    • 11 min
    Get Ready for the Strangest MLB Season Ever

    Get Ready for the Strangest MLB Season Ever

    After months of bitter negotiations between MLB players and owners, an agreement was finally reached and the league is expected to begin a 60-game season in July. Doug Glanville, retired Major Leaguer and co-host of The Athletic's Starkville podcast, joins us to discuss the new rules that will be implemented during the abbreviated season, which teams are poised for success, and why this will almost certainly be the strangest season in MLB history.

    More from Doug Glanville:

    https://theathletic.com/author/doug-glanville/?source=theleadpodcast

    • 12 min
    Introducing Sports Wars: Serena vs. Venus

    Introducing Sports Wars: Serena vs. Venus

    Hosted by Dan Rubenstein, Sports Wars dives into some of the biggest rivalries in sports history. In their new season, they explore the fascinating rivalry between Venus and Serena Williams. As they navigated international fame and the pressures of their sport, an unexpected public rivalry pitted them against one another. With winning on the one hand and sisterhood on the other, their relationship was tested more than once throughout the peak of their respective careers. Listen to the full episode here: http://wondery.fm/thelead_sportswars

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

bobkat0731 ,

Worth a listen most days

This show does a good job of focusing on a variety of sports topics and bringing in experts to take each story a little deeper.
However, telling listeners to “leave a 5-star rating” isn’t how it works. Ask for a rating, whatever that might be, to get true feedback on how you’re doing!

petermann250 ,

Great Show! Much better than ESPN Daily!

In depth analysis of a broad range of topics. Not popular with Trumpsters, Deplorables and Racists!

Jh5aik ,

Liberal sports coverage

Besides the fact that Ms. Davidson sounds like a valley girl which is maddening and the very clear fact that this podcast hates the current President and conservatives it can be informative.

If they would simply focus on sports without the political/cultural bias it would be much better. And what is it with that guy’s voice being on fire?! I mean really dude nobody cares.

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