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Thursday, March 21st, 2019

NBC SPORTS PODCAST PREVIEW: THIS WEEK’S LINEUP

Houston Texans All-Pro Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins Joins Chris Simms For Special Unbuttoned Episode in New York City

INDYCAR President Jay Frye Joins Letarte on Location

On Her Turf Podcast Features Special Episode from The Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium’s 35th Anniversary Female Leadership Panel

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 21, 2019 – NBC Sports presents a new slate of podcasts this week featuring special guests and athletes, including Houston Texans first-team All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, INDYCAR President Jay Frye, Front Row Motorsports General Manager Jerry Freeze, and a special On Her Turf episode from The Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium female leadership panel led by NBC News’ Dylan Dreyer.

New episodes of 14 podcasts will be available for download on all major podcast platforms including: NBC Sports’ Scores App, Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and iHeart.

Following is a sport-by-sport look at what’s on tap:  

NASCAR / INDYCAR

  • Letarte on Location: When you’ve spent more than 20 years of your life on the road as a NASCAR crew chief and NBC analyst, you’re bound to meet some interesting characters along the way. Letarte on Location brings you closer to all kinds of personalities that Steve has connected with throughout the years traveling the circuit.
    • On this week’s episode: Steve is joined by INDYCAR President Jay Frye on location from the famed Pagoda at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Steve and Jay discuss the state of INDYCAR, including the upcoming race at the Circuit of the Americas (Austin, TX) and the Indianapolis 500, which will be seen – for the first time – on NBC. Frye also talks about how he went from playing football at the University of Missouri to becoming a successful executive in both NASCAR and INDYCAR.
    • When: Thursday, March 21
  • NASCAR on NBC: Host Nate Ryan interviews NASCAR stars and insiders each week. Nate also discusses the latest NASCAR news, including a weekly recap of races, and looks ahead to what’s next in the sport.
    • On this week’s episode: Jerry Freeze joins Nate to discuss the difficulties faced as a midpack team expanding to a third car this season, what’s on the horizon for NASCAR and its Gen 7 model, and the controversial skirmishes that Front Row driver Michael McDowell has engaged in this year.
    • When: Wednesday, March 20

NFL

  • Chris Simms Unbuttoned: NBC Sports’ Chris Simms examines everything happening in the NFL and around the sports world. Joined by a rotation of NBC Sports hosts Ahmed Fareed, Paul Burmeister and Liam McHugh, Unbuttoned features in-depth Xs and Os analysis; one-on-one interviews with players, coaches, executives, and draft prospects; game recaps and previews; gambling segments; extensive player analysis leading into the NFL Draft; and much more.
    • On this week’s episodes: Guests and topics this week include Simms’ conversations with all-pro WR DeAndre Hopkins and former Alabama DT Quinnen Williams, an extensive NFC & AFC bracket breakdown, Simms’ RB draft ranks and guest appearances from Mike Florio and Phil Simms.
    • When: Multiple times a week
  • PFT PM: Mike Florio has conversations with top names and newsmakers in the NFL, while updating his fans on breaking news and story lines that take place during the day and preparing listeners for what is coming next.
    • On this week’s episodes: Florio analyzes the results of the NFL free agency.
    • When: Multiple times a week

ON HER TURF

  • On Her Turf: Hosted by NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen, the On Her Turf podcast welcomes a powerhouse guest each week who is a champion on and off the field and who motivates others to be the best versions of themselves. They talk about careers, what motivates them, how sports have impacted their lives, and lessons they’ve learned along the way.
    • On this week’s episode: As part of the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium’s 35th anniversary celebration, NBC News’ Dylan Dreyer moderated a panel discussion that looked at how participation in sports impacts women’s lives beyond the playing field. Panelists included 3-time Olympic ice hockey medalist Meghan Duggan, Exec Director of the NBA Players Association Michele Roberts; two-time Olympian and current Columbia field hockey coach Caroline Nelson-Nichols; and former WNBA player Judie Lomax.
    • When: Thursday, March 21

 

SOCCER

  • That’s a Dive with Kyle Martino: Kyle Martino of NBC Sports takes a deep dive into some of the most debated topics bouncing around the soccer community.
    • On this Week’s episode: Kyle talks about the USWNT lawsuit against U.S. Soccer.
    • When: Wednesday, March 20
  • The 2 Robbies: Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle discuss and dissect the top Premier League storylines of every match. Together, the former Premier League players and current NBC Sports analysts provide fans with top-class punditry on the most exciting soccer league in the world.
    • On this week’s episode: Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe discuss the latest news in the Premier League, including how Liverpool almost let it slip at Fulham FC in the Premier league and Man. City kept their quadruple hopes alive in the FA Cup with a bit of controversy.
    • When: Sunday, March 17

 

BASKETBALL 

  • College Basketball Talk on NBC Sports: Robert Dauster takes a look at everything happening across college basketball, including a weekly recap of action across the country and each conference, recruiting and looking ahead to the future of the sport. 
    • On this week’s episodes: On Sunday, Rob Dauster was joined by Brian Snow from 247 Sports for the 3rd annual ‘Why Your Team Sucks’ Bracket Breakdown podcast. On Monday, Dauster was joined by Jordan Sperber and Rafi Goldman, a pair of former Division I coaches that have launched a newsletter covering college basketball. They discussed hidden gems in the bracket to help reveal this year’s Cinderella story. On Tuesday, Dauster was joined by The Athletic‘s Sam Vecenie and Bobby Reagan for a deep dive into the betting lines and spreads for every game during the first round of the NCAA tournament.
    • When: Multiple times per week
  • The Habershow: NBC Sports national NBC Insider Tom Haberstroh sits down with some of the biggest names in the NBA to share the stories and the numbers behind the bigger games ad biggest moments in the league.
    • On this week’s episode: On the Habershow, Chris Bosh opens up about what it’s like to be a star in the social media age, how Kevin Garnett helped convince him to take his talents to South Beach and why he’s rooting against Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors.
    • When: Friday, March 15


BASEBALL

  • White Sox Talk: Hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s trio of White Sox experts Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka, the White Sox Talk podcast provides fans with in-depth discussion on the hottest topics and latest breaking news all year long. In addition, fans can look forward to exclusive one-on-one interviews with White Sox players, coaches, front office execs, along with MLB media insiders from coast-to-coast.
    • On this week’s episodes: With Opening Day right around the corner, this week’s “White Sox Talk” podcasts features exclusive one-on-one interviews with White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, who discusses this year’s staff and who he thinks is primed for a breakout season, along with White Sox Senior Vice President/General Manager Rick Hahn, who will assess team progress throughout the spring training season.
  • Cubs Talk: Hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s Luke Stuckmeyer, Cubs digital reporter/producer Tony Andracki, along with special appearances by David Kaplan and Kelly Crull, the Cubs Talk podcast provides die-hard Cubs fans with detailed discussion on the hottest topics and latest breaking news throughout the year.  In addition, fans can look forward to exclusive one-on-one interviews with Cubs players, coaches, front office execs, along with MLB media insiders from coast-to-coast.
    • On this week’s episodes: With the Cubs also starting up the regular season next week, the “Cubs Talk” podcast crew will have a complete preview of the NL Central, along with a special debate on the key Cubs storylines heading into the start of the season.

 


ROTOWORLD

  • Rotoworld Football: From fantasy implications to NFL draft analysis to major events, the Rotoworld Football staff has the NFL landscape covered. Listen as Josh Norris, Evan Silva, Roto Pat, Rich Hribar and Ray Summerlin meet three times each week to give their analysis and opinions on everything happening in the NFL
    • On this week’s episodes: On Wednesday, Chris Simms joins the podcast to discuss his playing days, lessons learned with Jon Gruden and sifting through the lies NFL teams have told us this offseason. On Friday Pat, Rich, and John Daigle join for a Q & A episode.
    • When: Multiple times per week
    • Available here: http://www.rotoworld.com/podcasts/nfl
  • Rotoworld Baseball: Rotoworld’s D.J. Short and Drew Silva detail everything happening in fantasy baseball and what’s happening in MLB.
    • On this week’s episodes: On Wednesday, the Rotoworld Roundtable group discusses a variety of topics in advance of fantasy drafts. On Friday D.J. and Drew are going over all of the latest headlines of the week, including Mike Trout’s historic contract with the Angels.
    • When: Multiple days a week

  • Rotoworld Fantasy Basketball: Matt Stroup and Mike Gallagher have you covered from every angle. Joined by Steve “Dr. A” Alexander, Ryan Knaus and the rest of the Rotoworld crew three times a week they cover everything from the latest injuries, waiver wire pickups, DFS strategies and much more!
    • On this week’s episodes: On Monday, Steve Alexander discusses the top fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups as the season hits crunch time in the fantasy playoffs. On Tuesday, Ryan Knaus joins to look at some of the season’s most polarizing fantasy options, and on Friday Mike Gallagher provides his weekly DFS preview.
    • When: Multiple times per week
    • Available here: http://www.rotoworld.com/podcasts/NBA 

  — NBC SPORTS —