The 13 Best Sports Podcasts of 2019

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Podcasts have become a popular way for sports junkies to get their fix. With so many options to choose from, however, deciding which sports podcasts are worth listening to can be a daunting task.

We've taken the hard work out of the equation by listing some of the best sports podcasts below in alphabetical order.

Best for Ice Hockey Fans: 31 Thoughts

31 Thoughts podcast

What We Like

  • Based north of the border, but gives attention to all relevant teams throughout the NHL.

What We Don't Like

  • Humor isn't prevalent on this podcast, although that could be considered a pro if you're just looking to get the facts.


A Sportsnet Canada property, the 31 Thoughts podcast is highly entertaining and a great resource for hockey fanatics. Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman provide excellent insight into everything taking place on the ice and in the dressing room. 

NFL Roundup: Around the NFL

Around the NFL podcast

What We Like

  • This podcast showcases personalities and offers more than just your average, mundane rundown of the games.


What We Don't Like

  • The hosts go off topic too frequently on some episodes.


The signature podcast from NFL.com's catalog, Around the NFL gets you caught up on the most recent games and does a solid job of previewing all upcoming matchups from around the league. ATN is hosted by a crew of football scribes that mesh well together, creating an enjoyable dynamic.

Baseball Fans Should Check Out: Baseball Tonight

Baseball Tonight podcast

What We Like

  • It's obvious that Olney and team put a significant level of preparation into each episode.


What We Don't Like

  • Occasionally, the audio quality of several guests and sometimes even that of the host can be distractingly poor.


Hosted by long-time columnist and TV reporter Buster Olney, Baseball Tonight regularly features other ESPN personalities, along with beat reporters from various cities.

With frequently-released episodes (sometimes more than one per day in-season) covering the latest happenings around the game, as well as the occasional outside-the-box deep dive on an interesting topic, this is a worthwhile listen for both casual and serious baseball fans.

MLB Trades and Call-Ups: DFA Podcast

DFA podcast

What We Like

  • DFA even focuses on minor transactions that usually get ignored by other shows.


What We Don't Like

  • A positive can also be a negative, as many of these minor transactions may only be interesting to hardcore fantasy players or fans of a particular team.


Even the most successful big-league teams seem to have a revolving door policy in their clubhouse at times, as evidenced by the always-busy MLB transaction wire. This holds especially true in the summer months leading up to the non-waiver and waiver trade deadlines in July and August.

Baseball Prospectus writer Bryan Grosnick and R.J. Anderson from CBS Sports break down every call-up, trade, or event on the DFA Podcast, analyzing what they really mean for the clubs and players involved.

Baseball Analytics and Emerging Trends: Effectively Wild

Effectively Wild podcast

What We Like

  • Despite being hosted by Fangraphs writers, you don't have to be sabermetrically-inclined to enjoy this podcast.


What We Don't Like

  • Advanced metrics could be explained a bit more.


Brought to you by Fangraphs, Effectively Wild is a well-rounded baseball podcast with an expected slant towards advanced analytics and growing trends in how the game is managed both on the field and in the front office.

Hosts Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan do a good job of keeping things interesting, mixing a bevy of topics in each episode alongside the occasional industry insider guest.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at MLB Front Offices: Executive Access

Executive Access podcast

What We Like

  • Longform interviews with front office baseball personnel whom, aside from short sound bytes, fans don't typically get a chance to hear from as often as they'd like.


What We Don't Like

  • In some cases, it would benefit the casual fan by providing more background information on the guests.


A baseball podcast with a different spin, MLB.com's Executive Access takes a peek behind the curtain to give its listeners more than just a glimpse into the front-office folks responsible for constructing their favorite club's roster.

Former longtime Yankees beat writer Mark Feinsand interviews GMs, team presidents, and other key decision makers for a behind-the-scenes look that fans don't often get to see or hear.

Best for Fantasy Football: Fantasy Focus Football

Fantasy Focus Football podcast

What We Like

  • The frequent episodes help ensure you aren't digesting stale information.


What We Don't Like

  • Much of the show's structure seems geared towards novice fantasy owners, which can test the patience of advanced players.


Fantasy Focus Football stands out among a sea of options for those virtual GMs watching their players in action from a bar stool or a recliner. Hosted by ESPN fantasy gurus Matthew Berry and Field Yates, alongside reputable injury analyst Stephania Bell, the almost-daily show breaks down draft and waiver wire strategies, as well as the coming week's matchups.

This podcast helps provide an edge in today's ultra-competitive fantasy football landscape, one of the main reasons it consistently ranks near the top of the iTunes podcast rankings throughout the season.

Soccer Fans Need This Podcast: Men in Blazers

Men in Blazers podcast

What We Like

  • They have a deep-rooted interest in growing the game in the United States, and that's never more apparent than when they talk about the U.S. teams.


What We Don't Like

  • Some popular leagues don't get attention on this podcast.


Hosts Michael Davies and Roger Bennett are all about soccer, and the steady growth in their podcast's popularity is no fluke. Men in Blazers does their part to promote the sport to newer fans in the States by focusing on the passion and excitement of the English Premier League, looked upon by some as the golden standard of soccer fandom. 

Best Hidden Gem: R2C2 is UNINTERRUPTED

R2C2 is UNINTERRUPTED

What We Like

  • You don't have to be a New Yorker or a fan of the Yankees to enjoy this podcast, as they cover a fairly wide range of topics.


What We Don't Like

  • Sabathia is now a free agent, so his future in the Bronx as well as on this podcast are uncertain.


Co-hosted by veteran pitcher CC Sabathia and sportscaster Ryan Ruocco, R2C2 is a bit of a hidden gem in the sports podcast arena. With a who's who of Big Apple baseball on the guest list and an upbeat and humorous approach, the affable left-hander and Ruocco combine for a very enjoyable listen.

Hardcore Fantasy Football Fans: Rotoworld Football

Rotoworld Football podcast

What We Like

  • The podcast's direct approach when providing important information is refreshing and avoids a lot of unnecessary chatter.


What We Don't Like

  • Not much. This is what a true fantasy football player should want in a podcast.


An authoritative resource for fantasy football news and advice, Rotoworld's NFL podcast broadcasts that same tried-and-true knowledge many daily and season-long players have come to rely on. Don't put in those waiver claims or submit those lineups until you've listened to the latest episode first.

Want to Learn More About NFL Players? Check Out: The Adam Schefter Podcast

The Adam Schefter podcast

What We Like

  • The interviews are some of the best found on football podcasts.


What We Don't Like

  • Episodes aren't released frequently enough during the season.


When it comes to the NFL, ESPN's Adam Schefter has been one of the main go-to sources for years thanks to an impressive network of insider contacts and his penchant for breaking news first.

Although his podcast incorporates some of what he's become well known for, Schefter does much more than just recap the games and look forward to the next week's slate. If you like shows that dissect the personalities under the helmets and shoulder pads, we suggest giving this one a try.

Best Casual Sports Podcast: The Bill Simmons Podcast

The Bill Simmons Podcast

What We Like

  • Simmons covers the NBA better than a lot of other multi-sport podcasts.


What We Don't Like

  • For those of you not interested in sports teams from New England, the podcast can occasionally seem a little Boston-heavy. 


Known for establishing Grantland and later The Ringer, Simmons has been a force in the sports podcast world for quite some time. His show does a nice job of casually mixing sports with music, movies, and other celebrity chatter without getting too far away from the subject at hand. This podcast often has an impressive guest list, including many prominent athletes. 

Casual NFL Fan? Listen To: The Rich Eisen Show

The Rich Eisen Podcast

What We Like

  • Eisen's easy-going and dry sense of humor really shines through during the show's interviews.


What We Don't Like

  • It's technically not a podcast.


A one-time fixture on SportsCenter dating back to the mid-'90s, Eisen has since become an oft-seen face on the NFL Network. The podcast is basically just a rebroadcast of his radio show, which is unsurprisingly dominated by football but isn't exclusively pigskin talk.