Before "PTI" or "First Take" or any of today's popular sports debate programs on TV, there was The Sports Reporters on ESPN. For nearly 30 years, every Sunday morning, top sportswriters exchanged in passionate, intelligent conversation about the major sports issues and personalities today. Now, anchored by Mitch Albom and Mike Lupica - two of The Sports Reporters longest-standing members - the magic of the show is in podcast form, enabling the hosts to continue their highly popular tradition with the benefit of twice-a-week perspectives. In addition to Albom, of the Detroit Free Press, one of the most decorated sportswriters in history, and Lupica, perhaps the country's most recognized and opinionated sports scribe, a third voice will join each program, ranging from former Sports Reporters panelists like Bob Ryan, Bill Rhoden and Christine Brennan, to new and fresh voices in the industry. Join the best conversation in sports every Monday and Thursday.
The Sports Reporters - Episode 474 - More NFL Flux. Final Four Hype. NBA East Getting Tight
The NFL continues to stay top of mind as Bruce Arians steps down as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and heads for a front office position. Exploring what this means for all parties impacted. Plus, a deep dive into the Final Four. Who you like to win it all? The NBA is heading toward the playoffs and the East is extremely tight. Who should we be keeping an eye on as we enter the last few weeks of the regular season? The demise of the LA Lakers continues. Will they make it to the playoffs? And could Tiger Woods actually play in the Masters this year?!
The Sports Reporters - Episode 473 - A Blue Blood Final 4. NFL QB Decisions Still to be Made. Oscars Slap
The Final Four is set and you'll probably recognize the participants! The guys break down the "Blue Bloodiest" Final Four. Can Duke send Coach K off into the sunset with a National Title? Will their rival, UNC, ride their hot play to a title for first year head coach Hubert Davis? Can Villanova overcome another crucial injury to earn a title? And Kansas, the loan #1 seed left, is it theirs to lose? Plus, QB musical chairs is heading toward the end and the music is about to stop... Some important QB decisions still to be made. Where will Jimmy G and Baker Mayfield land? And oh what a night at the Oscars! The guys break down all the drama between Chris Rock and Will Smith. Don't miss an entertaining episode of the Sports Reporters Podcast!
The Sports Reporters - Episode 472 - NCAA Tournament Set to Come Alive. Major Movement in the NFL not Involving a QB
The NCAA Tournament is set to come alive as we head toward some great matchups in the Sweet 16! Number 1 seeds in danger of being bounced? Who can continue their wild ride in March? Plus, another big trade in the NFL has the league buzzing! Tyreek Hill moves from KC to Miami and promptly receives a new, unprecedented, deal from the Dolphins. Discussing how this bold move impacts the WR market and QB's Tua Tagovailoa and Patrick Mahomes. And a Tennis star retires young... Don't miss this episode of the Sports Reporters Podcast!
The Sports Reporters - Episode 471 - Big Dance Usual Suspects. Stomach Turning Trade in the NFL. MLB Deals
How's your bracket looking? The guys discuss the NCAA Tournament and breakdown some of the big storylines coming out of the big dance. Plus, the Cleveland Browns strike a massive trade with the Houston Texans for Deshaun Watson... The Browns then sign Watson to a massive contract! But will Watson be able to play this season? How does this whole situation sit with you? And some big time money and deals being thrown around in MLB. Where are some of the top free agents heading? Don't miss this episode of the Sports Reporters Podcast!
The Sports Reporters - Episode 470 - Bracket Breakdown. The Next QB Domino. MLB Vax Issues In NYC
The guys breakdown the NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket. Why it's time to deliver for the Gonzaga Bulldogs. And the importance of a star player at this time of year. Deshaun Watson has a ton of interest around the NFL. Where will he play next season? And why a New York City vaccine mandate may hamper the Yankees and Mets home games.
The Sports Reporters - Episode 469 - Tom Brady Unretires. NCAA Hoops Bracket Released. MLB is Back!
Tom Brady says hold my avocado tequila, I'm coming back! The guys react to Tom Brady announcing his return to the NFL. How it shapes the free agent landscape. And what do you think his motivation to come back was? Plus, let the madness begin! The NCAA Tournament field is set and it seems wide open this year. And MLB ended its labor dispute with a deal and all is right in the world. Why the focus switches to Covid and the teams who have to travel to Canada.
Say It Ain’t So!
Was hoping that the announcement that Last Thursday was the last show was an early April Fool’s joke. Will miss this podcast.
I grew up watching Sports Reporters on ESPN with my dad every Sunday. This show coupled with being a lifelong Detroit sports fan was part of the fabric of my youth! When I was 13, Mitch signed my Fab Five book at Summit Place Mall in Pontiac, MI. I have followed his career ever since. A few years ago I stumbled upon this podcast and I felt really fortunate to to be reunited with my favorite sports crew. They have been part of my weekly routine where I have easily listened to over 400 episodes! I was really sad to hear that this was now coming to an end! Thank you for all the sports insight, camaraderie, and fun! Hope the sports reporters comes back soon……again!
Going to miss
So sad that the show is ending. My husband and I watched every Sunday when you were on TV. When I found the podcast a few years ago, we became loyal listeners. I’ve always marveled that you could cover each sport in a succinct way that was somehow all encompassing of the latest news.
Thank you for being an entertaining and informative part of our sports fandom for all of these years.