Thursday, April 11th, 2019


NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen Previews Stanley Cup Playoffs on Chris Simms Unbuttoned

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 11, 2019 – NBC Sports debuts new episodes of several podcasts this week featuring special guests and athletes, including motorsports legend Hurley Haywood, INDYCAR driver Sebastien Bourdais ahead of this Sunday’s Long Beach Grand Prix, and NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen to preview the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Among the events and topics covered on this week’s podcasts are:

  • NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, continuing tonight with three games across NBCSN and USA Network. Pre-game coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
  • NBCSN’s coverage of the Long Beach Grand Prix, beginning on Sunday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

New episodes of 15 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 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: IMSA legend Hurley Haywood joins NASCAR on NBC in a candid conversation about his decision to come out last year. Haywood discusses why he felt comfortable with the decision now, why he kept his sexuality hidden while racing and whether he thinks other active drivers could do the same. Also joining the podcast is INDYCAR driver Sebastien Bourdais, who has three victories at the marquee Long Beach Grand Prix, the site of Sunday’s race. Bourdais discusses his controversial and remarkable three-wide pass at Long Beach last year that was declared illegal and talks about racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans in his hometown.
    • When: Wednesday, April 10




  • 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 an interview with FSU Edge Rusher Brian Burns, a discussion with Kathryn Tappen about Stanley Cup Playoffs, power rankings for DTs, listener and viewer reactions to last week’s CB rankings, an analysis of which college had the best calendar year, and a guest appearance from Phil Simms.
    • When: Multiple times a week


  • The Leisuremen: The Leisuremen podcast features popular personalities/producers Paul Pabst and Andrew Perloff, who bring their entertaining brand of humor, fun, and passion to listeners each week. The show touches on a wide range of topics that go wildly beyond sports – from food, drink, cars, travel, and money to how to properly wear plaid pants.
    • On this week’s episode: Paul and Andrew review the NCAA tournament, along with a guest appearance from Missouri Quarterback Drew Lock.
    • When: Thursday, April 11


  • The Next Pats Podcast: Hosted by NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry, The Next Pats Podcast will spend the offseason looking at free-agency, the NFL Draft, and comings and goings within the organization.
    • On this week’s episodes: On Monday, Phil Perry chats with Iowa strength & conditioning coach Chris Doyle about the NFL Draft. On Thursday, Perry has a surprise QB Expert on the show.
    • When: Monday, April 8, and Thursday April 11
  • Quick Slants the Podcast: NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran is joined by former Pro Bowl linebacker and Patriots defensive captain Jerod Mayo to break down every game, plus talk about the issues on and off the field with the team.
    • On this week’s episodes: On Tuesday, Anna Liotta of Resultance Inc. joins the show to talk about the ‘generation gap’ with differing opinions on the Kraft situation. On Wednesday, Bruce Feldman from The Athletic gives his opinion on trying to find the next Julian Edelman
    • When: Tuesday, April 9, and Wednesday, April 10


  • 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: Topics this week include Jets coach Adam Gase, Josh Rosen trade rumors, the controversial article written about Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy, the debate about the NFL 3-year rule, AAF players in the NFL, and whether NFL players should be paid to attend the draft. Also, Oliver Luck joins Florio for a discussion about the XFL and the AAF Suspension.
    • When: Multiple times per week





  • 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: On Monday, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe recap Liverpool’s thrilling 3-1 win at Southampton and important matches in the race for the top four for Arsenal and Chelsea. Plus, thoughts on the FA Cup semifinals that saw Manchester City and Watford advance to the final. On Wednesday, Earle and Mustoe recap the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. Plus, a look at some key Europa League matches.
    • When: Monday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 10




  • 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: The “White Sox Talk” podcast features a pair of exclusive interviews, starting off with White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, who discusses how pitchers have picked on him over the last few years. In addition, fans will also hear from rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez, who tells a personal story about his late grandfather who passed away weeks after the White Sox acquired him and how he wears bright red batting gloves in every game to honor him.
    • When: Tuesday, April 9 & Thursday, April 11
    • Available here:, or via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app


  • 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: The “Cubs Talk” podcast crew will dig deep on what the injury to team ace Jon Lester means to rest of rotation and how vital it is they step it up…fast!  In addition, Luke Stuckmeyer will deliver an additional podcast on Friday featuring a preview of the weekend series against the Angels, along with special guest interviews, and much more.
    • When: Wednesday, April 10, & Friday, April 12
    • Available here:, or via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app




  • 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 Tuesday, Scott Phillips joins Rob Dauster to reflect on all-time classic national title games.
    • When: Multiple times per week
  • Pro Basketball Talk on NBC Sports: Kurt Helin and the team from ProBasketballTalk at talk all things NBA basketball: news, analysis and even the ridiculous. Regular guests include NBA players and media members.
    • On this week’s episode: Kurt discusses the NBA Awards with the ProBasketballTalk team and gives a Thursday/Friday playoff preview.
    • When: Tuesday, April 9


  • Celtics Talk: Hosted by A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg, and Kyle Draper. Celtic’s Talk invites players, coaches, management and media members from around the NBA to duscuss all things Celtics basketball and beyond.
    • On this week’s episode: This week’s episode is a playoff preview special with Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg, Brian Scalabrine, Mike Gorman, and Tommy Heinsohn.
    • When: Thursday, April 11




  • 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: Matt Waldman discusses some of the stars of the 2019 NFL Draft and why Will Grier is his No. 1 QB. Andy Isabella, WR from UMass, joins the podcast for a walk down memory lane. He focuses on his time in school, training with NFL legend Randy Moss, and where he fits within the NFL.
    • When: Wednesday, April 10
    • Available here:

  • 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 episode: On Tuesday, Matt Stroup and Christopher Crawford discuss the latent trending topics in fantasy basketball. On Friday, D.J. Short and Drew Silva give their own opinions on the latest trending topics in fantasy baseball.
    • When: Tuesday, April 9, and Friday, April 12


  • 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 joins Matt Stroup to unveil their choices for the Waiver Wire Wires, speaking in more depth about the Waiver Wire Pickup of the Year and a number of other categories including the biggest waiver wire headaches. On Wednesday, Tommy Beer joins the podcast to give an early look at the top 25 fantasy players for next year. On Friday, Mike will be joined by Jared Johnson for a season-in-review episode before the playoffs get underway.
    • When: Multiple times per week
    • Available here: