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Steve Bennett is the host of this podcast about sports, sports media, and the way sports and sports media intertwine in the world around us.

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    • 4.4 • 29 Ratings

Steve Bennett is the host of this podcast about sports, sports media, and the way sports and sports media intertwine in the world around us.

    Season 12 Episode 7- Jay Mariotti, SL Price

    Season 12 Episode 7- Jay Mariotti, SL Price

    Steve interviews Jay Mariotti (00:16:18)who became a star in sports media thanks to incredible columns he wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times and his many appearances on ESPN's Around the Horn. Jay is making his second appearance on the podcast and isn't holding any punches. Jay talks about the end of Serena William's career, the start of the NFL season, and much more. Jay also sounds off on writing, looks ahead to a busy fall, and gives his opinion on some of the topics dominating the sports world.

    Also on the show is, SL Price (1:05:11) formerly of Sports Illustrated and one of the greatest sports writers of all time. Mr. Price joins us to talk about why he left SI and what he has been doing since he left. SL explains why the time was right and looks back at his incredible career there. Steve and Scott also talk about the 1990 World Cup, lacrosse, and many other topics. Pull up a bar stool and hang out as these two good friends talk about whatever the conversation dictates.

    Steve starts the show chatting about the New Orleans Saints, Aaron Judge's home run chase, and the pennate race between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. The book club is in full fall mode at this point and there is a new book to announce. The show ends with one last thing and Steve bleeding out over his realization that Italy isn't going to be in Qatar.

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    • 2 hr 13 min
    Season 12 Episode 6- Richard Deitsch, Kenny Albert

    Season 12 Episode 6- Richard Deitsch, Kenny Albert

    Steve interviews Richard Deitsch (00:05:09) from The Athletic. Richard joins us to talk about Pat McAfee joining ESPN's College Gameday, the impact he will have on the show, and what the show will look like when Lee Corso retires. Richard and Steve also break down the main booth for each of the NFL's TV partners. Also, Richard explains the madness that two Italian soccer players have had on Toronto, discusses the popularity of Pearl Jam, and looks back on his history with the show.

    Also on the show is, Kenny Albert (00:55:45) from Fox Sports, Turner Sports, and several other places where he calls games of all sports. Kenny looks back on his first season calling hockey games for TNT, looks ahead to another season of calling NFL games for FOX, and explains his future role calling basketball and baseball games.

    Steve starts the show alone because it is the middle of the night and he needs to catch up. The book club is in full fall mode at this point and there is a new book to announce. The show ends with one last thing and Steve assessing the first two New Orleans Saints games.

    For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Season 12 Episode 5- Joe Posnanski, Fred Segal

    Season 12 Episode 5- Joe Posnanski, Fred Segal

    Steve interviews Joe Posnanski (00:09:20) the host of the PosCast, author of books, and writer on Substack. Joe joins us to talk about the success of his last book, The Baseball 100 and explains why writing the football version of it has been problematic and discusses how he plans to fix those problems. Joe also talks about walking away from his life long passion for the Cleveland Browns and previews his journey towards finding a new favorite team. Joe and Steve also talk about the AL MVP race, Joe's fantastic assistant, and his upcoming trip to Soldier Field.

    Also on the show is, Fred Segal (00:58:20) the creator of the Freezing Cold Takes twitter account and the author of a new book about the coldest takes in the history of the NFL. Fred talks about why he decided to turn his twitter page into a book, explains what he avoids on twitter and why, and talks about his ideas for a follow up to his book.

    Steve and Paula start the show with some discussion about her first couple days of school but Paula appears to be all hopped up on Mountain Dew. The book club closes out our summer reading and announces the first book for the fall. The show ends with one last thing featuring Steve's predictions for the upcoming NFL season including several takes that are sure to be freezing before Halloween.

    For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters
    Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Season 12 Episode 4- Stewart Mandel, Brian Gewirtz

    Season 12 Episode 4- Stewart Mandel, Brian Gewirtz

    Steve interviews Stewart Mandel (00:08:16) from The Athletic. Stewart joins us for his annual preview of the college football season. Before looking ahead, Steve and Stewart discuss all of the news from the offseason including USC and UCLA moving to the Big 10 and the most interesting moves involving the transfer portal. From there, the guys discuss the just released pre-season AP Top 25. Stewart explains why he thinks Utah and NC State are underrated, and why he thinks Oklahoma is overrated. Stewart also gives his picks for the playoff and throws out a few names for this season's Heisman Trophy race.

    Also, Brian Gewirtz (00:51:34) new author, executive producer, and former head writer for the WWE makes his debut. Brian joins us to plug his new book about his time writing and working for the WWE (1999-2015). Brian shares stories about Hulk Hogan and Rock's epic WrestleMania match in Toronto, Roddy Piper coming to his birthday party, and WWF The Restaurant in New York City. Brian also talks about working with Vince McMahon and the burnout it can cause, watching Syracuse win the National Championship with Vince and other WWF royalty, and much more.

    Steve and Paula start the show with a big announcement about the future of Paula's podcasting career. The book club has has a new book and two giveaways to announce. The show ends with one last thing featuring several last things including a vacation, soccer season, and the frustrations of booking guests.

    For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters
    Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Season 12 Episode 3- Joe Buck, Jeff Passan

    Season 12 Episode 3- Joe Buck, Jeff Passan

    Steve interviews Joe Buck (00:08:12) from ESPN's Monday Night Football. Joe explains the backstory that led to him leaving Fox for ESPN. Joe talks about wanting to work with Troy Aikman, Fox being generous, and Tony Romo's massive contract changing the game. Joe also looked back at his career calling baseball games and went over his favorite moments during an incredible run. Joe then looks ahead to the Monday Night Football schedule and explains how he will handle calling Deshaun Watson's first home game if he indeed only serves a six week suspension. Steve and Joe end the interview joking about Joe's relationship with Eddie Vedder and Steve encourages Joe to reach out to him about his throat issues.

    Also, Jeff Passan (00:53:51) from ESPN joins us after an exhausting couple of days covering the Major League Baseball trade deadline. Jeff explains who he thought had the best trade deadline and who he thinks had the worst. Steve and Jeff also talk extensively about Juan Soto's move to San Diego. Jeff looks ahead to the second half of the season and explains why he thinks the Atlanta Braves are more dangerous this season than last season. Finally, Jeff predicts how many home runs Aaron Judge will hit and who he will play for next season.

    Steve starts the show babbling about babbling. The book club has has a new book and a giveaway to announce. The show ends with one last thing going lighter after a few heavy weeks. Steve talks about what he is watching on television including The Bear, Big Brother, and Hard Knocks.

    For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters
    Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Season 12 Episode 2- Sean McDonough, Scott Morrison

    Season 12 Episode 2- Sean McDonough, Scott Morrison

    Steve interviews Sean McDonough (00:10:44) from ESPN. Sean joins us to talk about his first season calling hockey games as the lead PBP voice for ESPN's coverage. Sean talks about getting better as the season progressed, explains the grind of the playoffs, and looks ahead to the second season. Sean also talks about working in press boxes far from the action, his dislike of twitter, and his friendship with Joe Buck.

    Also, Scott Morrison (00:52:08) the author of a new book about the 1972 Summit Series makes his debut. Scott explains why it was difficult for Canada to put their roster together and explains the politics behind WHA players being left off the team. Scott also talks about the politics of the day and why Canada beating Russia was so important. Scott apologizes for leaving The Tragically Hip out of the book, tells a Gilbert Perrault story for my Dad, and discusses Bobby Clarke's legendary slash that broke the ankle of a Russian player.

    Steve starts the show thanking everyone for their incredible response to the first show in over 7 months. Steve then talks about Italy missing the World Cup and mostly blames Jorginho. The book club has has books by Football Outsiders and Scott Morrison. The show ends with one last thing about Paula Bennett the best daughter in the world.

    For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters
    Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Dino Bravo's Side Suplex ,

Welcome back!

A great podcast that covers a vast variety of sports subjects. Steve definitely does his research and puts in the work. Whether it’s Sportscasters or the 24 Inch Podcast (for my fellow wrestling fans), you won’t be disappointed. Glad to have you back!

JADICE7 ,

Most Eclectic Guest List

This podcast is not the mundane sports podcast that rehashes the big game into the ground like ESPN. The host has unique guests inside the broadcasting circle and amazing authors of unique sports books. Personal stories of the host’s struggles and family life add a unique touch that resonates with the listener.

Peter from Massachusetts ,

Steve gets great guests!

As mentioned by another review, this is an absolute must-listen for anyone with an interest in sports media. Steve consistently gets interesting guests for his shows and is able to get things out of them that you wouldn't necessarily hear somewhere else.

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