The world of sports creates an interesting lens through which we can look at our society beyond the games being played. A limited run production of Thinking About Sports, the Sportocracy podcast was designed to help fans think about sports in different and unexpected ways. Conversations take place at the intersection of sports and everything else - books, television, politics, technology, science, fashion, and more. Each episode features commentary, interviews, and more.
Mar. 14, 2016 - Brian talks with Anne Osborn and Danielle Coombs, authors of Female Fans and the NFL: Finding Their Place In the Stands. Prior to their interview, we get to hear a bit of comedian Bill Burr's tone-deaf riff on women flocking to the sport, and explore just how wrong he is. Brian also explores the legacy that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia left on the world of sports, and more.
Mar. 11, 2016 - Do you know how lucky we are to be able to watch the University of Connecticut Women's Basketball team? They are the most dominant, successful college basketball team ever. We consider their achievements in this episode.
Feb. 8, 2016 - Brian talks with Jim Brady, one of the smartest and most innovative people in digital media, recently named ESPN Public Editor. Also, an expert's view on what is and isn't a catch in the NFL -- and more.
Feb. 5, 2016 - $4.2 billion will be wagered on the Super Bowl this year - most of it illegally. What are the most interesting bets to consider? We have the answer.
Feb. 1, 2016 - We talk with one of the founders of American Outlaws, the official/unofficial fan community for US Soccer, and about Donald Trump (but not his political views). And much more.
Jan. 27, 2016 - If you had a chance to speak with the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, what would you ask? On this episode of Sportocracy, we share a list of questions - and an invitation to the Commissioner to come on the show and answer them any time he wants.
Jan. 7, 2016 -- Today on the show, the poem, Loony Bin Basketball – and the connection between the poet, Mary Karr, and two of the greatest basketball coaches in the history of the game, Phil Jackson and Pat Summit.
Jan. 4, 2016 -- This week on the show, Brian talks with best-selling author Erik Qualman about college sports, digital strategy and more. Also, we consider what a presidential style debate between the candidates running to lead FIFA would look like. And, headlines!
Dec. 31, 2015 -- The story of how an awkward college freshmen with a green minivan was "adopted" by the family of one of the best players in the history of football.
Dec. 28, 2015 -- On this episode, Brian talks with baseball writer Bill Chuck about how he watches, and covers, the national pastime differently. Pete Rose, the Hall of Fame, and more. Brian also reviews the big headlines of the week and considers the connections between baseball and the data breach in the Democratic Party.
Dec. 21, 2015 -- On this week’s episode, we talk with marketing and PR veteran, Joe Favorito, about the new movie, Concussion, and whether it will damage the brand of the National Football League. We look at the impact that climate change is having on sports, and the potential influence the world of sports can have on how we respond. And more....
Dec. 17, 2015 -- How do you show that you are a fan when you can't wear your team colors on your sleeve? That's the challenge Brian faced when he went to Baltimore to watch his Seattle Seahawks play the Ravens.
Dec. 3, 2015 -- As one of John Sexton's last acts as NYU president, he sits down with Brian to talk about the religion that is inside baseball. Plus, Brian surprises Grant with a mystery topic, and big surprise, Grant didn't hate it.
Nov. 19, 2015 -- This episode is pretty crazy in a lot of ways. For one, we talk about sports, just sports, for like ten minutes. Then, you get to hear Brian monologue about University of Missouri, which isn't crazy, but Grant gives him a compliment at the end. Plus, book recommendations, and a surprise mystery guest!
Nov. 12, 2015 -- In the NFL, October is breast cancer awareness month. November is military appreciation month. On the surface both sound like great things. We go beyond the surface, and it's worse than we expected.
Nov. 5, 2015 -- Join us in eulogizing Grantland, the longwinded, indie aesthetic, sports/culture ESPN experiment. We grieve, we kid, we look beyond Grantland, we look at the media landscape on the whole. We were very lucky to be joined by Amos Barshad, formerly of Grantland, and Greg Howard of Deadspin.
Oct. 29, 2015 -- Will Leitch talks to us from his hotel room in Kansas where he is covering the World Series, but it's his perspective on football that is a real game changer, and his TV recommendations are fantastic. Stick around for our cringe worthy moment of the month.
Oct. 22, 2015 -- We open with a brief story of Brian's 7-year-old son suffering his first major sport heart break - a story that resonates with all of us. Then, excellent sports writer Dave Zirin was gracious enough to talk to Brian about the state of religion in sports.
Oct. 15, 2015 -- This wasn't the episode we planned, but you'd be bummed if we didn't take this on, right?
Oct. 8, 2015 -- BONUS EPISODE...Who are the best fans? A look at the data.
Oct. 8, 2015 -- How is sports similar and dissimilar from your car, your phone, your favorite bar? That's the question we try to tackle on this episode.
Oct. 1, 2015 -- This episode is a little different from what will become our norm. Brian and Grant take a look at this past month in sports and the world, and go over what they found noteworthy. They then look ahead to October with a brief chat with Matt Cerrone, writer @Metsblog.
Sep. 24, 2015 -- In just under ten minutes you'll know what we mean when we say we are refining trash talk.
Sep. 24, 2015 -- We thought we'd start small for our first episode and take on an issue facing all major sports. We grapple and urge the leagues that they need a transparent judicial system, it's a fun conversation, we promise.