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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.

The Sports-Casters Steve Bennett

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    • 4.4 • 34 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 14 Episode 6- Stephen J. Nesbitt, Keith O'Brien, Keith Baker

    Season 14 Episode 6- Stephen J. Nesbitt, Keith O'Brien, Keith Baker

    Steve interviews Stephen J. Nesbitt (00:11:48) from The Athletic. Stephen is making his debut on the podcast, joining us to preview the Major League Baseball Season. Stephen explains his recent column that ranks all of the baseball teams from 1995-2023 and his column that details each fan base's optimism for the upcoming season. Stephen also talks about Ohtani (before the scandal), makes his pick for AL/NL MVP and explains why he thinks the (redacted) will win the World Series this year.

    Also, Keith O'Brien debuts (01:00:50) to discuss his new book, Charlie Hustle. Keith explains why he decided to write a book about Pete Rose, tells us that Pete cooperated until he didn't, and goes over some of the ups and downs of Pete's surreal life. Keith also talks about gambling, the Hall of Fame, and autographs.

    Last, Kevin Baker debuts (01:31:32) to talk about his new book, The New York Game. Kevin explains how baseball was influenced by New York City as the game developed in it's early stages. Kevin tells us why he decided to end the book after World War II and announces that a second book will be released next year to finish the story. Kevin also talks about Joe DiMaggio, Italian-Americans, and remembers some of his favorite moments from the old Yankees Stadium.

    Steve starts the show with first things first and discusses the Azzurri's first game of 2024, the NCAA tournament, and the Ohtani scandal. The book club says goodbye to two books and shifts it's attention to one book (and how to say the author's last name. The show ends with one last thing about Steve and his family traveling to NY/NY for the Italian soccer match, why its so important, and what Steve will be thinking about during the match.

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

    • 2 hr 30 min
    24 Inch Podcast 48: vs. Don Muraco, 1985

    24 Inch Podcast 48: vs. Don Muraco, 1985

    On the 48th episode of the 24 Inch Podcast (Season 4 Episode 3), Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into the Madison Square Garden house show from 6-21-1985. On this night, Hulk Hogan wrestles Don Muraco for the WWF Heavyweight Championship.

    At the top, Steve and Paula are together to kick off the episode but are derailed by technical issues thanks to Mom's dusting.

    After the break, Steve brings on Dave and welcome him to the show. Dave, like usual, has mayhem to report. After our update on all things Hollywood, the guys give the bio of Don Muraco. Then, Dave tells us what the Hulkster was up to in June of 1985.

    Steve reads the news from June of 1985 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with baseball stuff, jersey numbers, and diplomacy.

    Steve and Dave break down the entire card from the 06-21-85 event at MSG, a strong debut by Leaping Lanny, the start of one of the greatest runs in company history, and a ladies match that brings the house down.

    Finally, Steve and Dave break down the huge main event of Hulk Hogan vs. Don Muraco for the WWF Heavyweight Championship, in a steel cage.

    Also on this episode, Steve and Dave read listener emails and comments from our facebook page and announce the topic for the 49th episode of the podcast.

    Intro w/Paula: 00:03:31
    History of: 00:07:28
    The News/Matches: 00:28:30
    Plugs/Emails: 01:24:01

    For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast
    Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com
    Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Season 14 Episode 5- Andrew Marchand, Brett Martin, Adrian Dater

    Season 14 Episode 5- Andrew Marchand, Brett Martin, Adrian Dater

    Steve interviews Andrew Marchand (00:03:58) from The Athletic. Andrew returns to the podcast as an employee of The Athletic. Andrew explains why he left the New York Post and what attracted him most about The Athletic. Marchand also talks about his future in podcasting and looks back on what made the Marchand and Ourand Podcast so special. Andrew and Steve also talk about Pat McAfee and his relationship with ESPN, the NFL's decision to move Good Morning Football to Los Angelas, and Fox's upcoming coverage of the 2024 European Championship.

    Also, Brett Martin returns (00:51:50) to discuss the 25th anniversary of The Sopranos. We also look back at his book, Difficult Men, and discuss how the book might change or be the same if it were written today. We also talk with Brett about media in 2024, the New York Mets, and the attitude of Saints fans in New Orleans.

    Steve starts the show for the second time in a few days and quickly gets to the Marchand interview. The book club is also done quickly and directs the listeners to the last episode. The show ends with one last thing and Adrian Dater (1:51:28) the GOAT Colorado Avalanche beat reporter joins us to discuss the trade that the Sabres and Avs made yesterday. Who wins the Sabres for adding Bo Byram or the Avalanche for adding Casey Mittelstadt? Also, Adrian reports on the last ever Kiss show.

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

    • 2 hr 23 min
    Season 14 Episode 4- Jeff Passan, Scott Howard-Cooper

    Season 14 Episode 4- Jeff Passan, Scott Howard-Cooper

    Steve interviews Jeff Passan (00:07:20) from ESPN. Jeff is driving from one spring training location to another and has plenty of time to chat with Steve about their long history, going to the Super Bowl, nonsense, and of course, baseball. Jeff talks about going to the Super Bowl with his son, explains how being Jeff Passan was crucial to the experience, and details the drama of the final seconds of overtime. Jeff also talks about the Atlanta Braves, the current playoff format, Shohei Ohtani, and looks ahead to the 2024 Major League Baseball season.

    Also, Scott Howard-Cooper debuts (01:03:12) to preview his book about the great UCLA basketball teams of the 1960's and 70's. Scott explains how a USC alum came to write a book about UCLA. Scott also explains how he combines history, politics, and sports without the book never really being about any of those things. Scott talks about Coach Wooden, Kareem, Walton and explains why each character was vital to the success of UCLA basketball.

    Steve starts the show with First Things First and explains how a mistake by his wife nearly led him to missing his chance to have Jeff Passan on the show. The book club has a new book to announce. The show ends with one last thing about Patrick Kane and his return to Chicago.

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

    • 1 hr 45 min
    24 Inch Podcast 47: vs. Killer Khan, 1987

    24 Inch Podcast 47: vs. Killer Khan, 1987

    On the 47th episode of the 24 Inch Podcast (Season 4 Episode 2), Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into the Boston Garden house show from 9-12-1987. On this night, Hulk Hogan wrestles Killer Khan for the WWF Heavyweight Championship.

    At the top, Steve and Paula are together to kick off the episode with some small talk about Paula's long awaited trip to NY/NJ.

    After the break, Steve brings on Dave and welcome him to the show. Dave, like usual, has mayhem to report. After our update on all things Hollywood, the guys give the bio of Killer Khan. Also, Steve and Dave talk about the long history of the original Boston Garden. Then, Dave tells us what the Hulkster was up to in September of 1987.

    Steve reads the news from September of 1987 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with award shows, baseball stuff and international affairs.

    Steve and Dave break down the entire card from the 09-12-87 event at Boston Garden, including the British Bulldog in singles action, great Hart Foundation match, and a run of jobbers to start the night.

    Finally, Steve and Dave break down the huge main event of Hulk Hogan vs. Killer Khan for the WWF Heavyweight Championship.

    Also on this episode, Steve and Dave read listener emails and comments from our facebook page and announce the topic for the 48th episode of the podcast.

    Intro w/Paula: 00:01:48
    History of: 00:08:03
    The News/Matches: 00:52:44
    Plugs/Emails: 01:46:01

    For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast
    Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com
    Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Season 14 Episode 3- Neil Best, Bryan Alvarez

    Season 14 Episode 3- Neil Best, Bryan Alvarez

    Steve interviews Neil Best (00:07:57) from New York Newsday to talk about sports media. Neil and Steve talk about some of the many sports media news stories that have broke in the last few weeks. Neil gives his thoughts on Pat McAfee and ESPN, Dave Portnoy and Barstool, and the WWE and Netflix. Neil also explains the changing landscape of sports media in New York City, updates us on Mike Francesa, and looks ahead to this week's Super Bowl broadcast.

    Also, Bryan Alvarez returns (01:03:31) to update us on all of the breaking news and controversies surrounding World Wrestling Entertainment. Bryan starts off by breaking down the new deal for Raw on Netflix and explains why the number isn't as big as it seems. Bryan also explains what the Netflix deal means for their other television packages. Alvarez also talks about the return of the Rock, why it's failing, and what WWE can do about it. Last, we talk about the allegations against Vince McMahon and what they could mean for the company and Vince's legacy.

    Steve starts the show with First Things First and quickly gives his updated thoughts on a few soccer related things and gives a few special plugs . The book club is already three deep in 2024 and books haven't started coming out yet. The show ends with one last thing and Steve complaining about the NFL MVP award.

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

    • 1 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

lucasc1980 ,

24

Great guys and a great cast

Hulkster01 ,

24 Inch Podcast is BACK BABY!!!

So glad to have the guys back and healthy. Been missing the podcast. Listening to it right now and great job as always. Hulkster Rules Brother!

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!

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