1) Bomani Jones (ESPN/HBO)
In a field full of groupthink, Jones stands out as a unique voice. He is best known for his commentary on the intersection of sport, culture, and race. When commenting in this fieldAnd the Jones is like no other.
But putting him in this chest alone would be a detriment to his talent, which is well displayed His excellent podcast. Few chronicle the unimportant but hilarious intersection of stupidity and hilarity that helps propel the NFL from a multibillion-dollar sports enterprise to something that closes in on performance art.
Jones goes from commenting on corruption to charts with ease, as he was happy to point out flaws in his quarterback as he dismantled the draft system.
with His ESPN deal is set to expireJones will become the most sought-after free agent for sports media.
2) Mina Kimes (ESPN)
NFL Live is the most useful and entertaining football on the network right now. Kimes, along with Dan Orlovsky, Marcus Spears and Laura Rutledge, analyze the game from all angles: X’s & O’s, analytics, list building, locker room dynamics and everything in between. NFL Live broadcasts provide the usual buzz and blowing hot air that dominate the sports media landscape but reserve room for subtlety and nuance. At the origin of the show, there is a desire to explain the “why” to the audience. Kimes’ mastery of analytics, combined with her fan base, makes her the perfect person to explain why – Why Team X does Y, and why should/might Y upset the fan base.
ESPN production across all sports has become awash in hot shots, as a result of Stephen A Smith-ification of the network (And it’s not always a bad thing!). Kimes is one of the rare analysts who insists on logical and thoughtful analysis.
3) Jenny Frentas (New York Times)
in age ‘mr editorAnd the Vrentas Reports It was decisive. For those who keep track of these kinds of things, you’ll notice the paucity of reporting from league rights holders about the allegations against Deshaun Watson and the controversy surrounding Danielle Snyder and Washington leaders.
Frentas was around when Watson’s accusations first surfaced. She has subsequently written a number of subsequent articles that include independently endorsed Allegation from a defendant who did not file a lawsuit against Watson, revealing The extent of Watson’s accusationsand clarify the role of Houston Texans in Securing non-disclosure agreements for your previous quarterback.
4) Dominic Foxworth (ESPN)
Foxworth stands out from critics who refuse to face the NFL’s flaws. He’s a former player, graduated from Harvard Business School, became an NFLPA executive, and turned television analyst. His biography on and off the field makes his situation different. does not need to ESPN, nor Payday TV. That allows him to blaspheme the church from the inside – which might mean Show the absurdity of the art form. Given his background, Foxworth is happy to jump from issues around collective bargaining to breaking covers to challenge one The biggest stars of the league because of their deception. The world leader has no one else who can slip into the three roles.
5) Billy Gill (Medularc Media)
She was an 18-month banner for Billy ‘Guillermo’ Gil from The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. The NFL owns Sundays, but it’s Jill who owns Post-Games Mondays. his weekly Useless audio montagea rundown of the finest doctrines and cliches for robot players, is still fascinating.
Away from the orbit of the league’s partner, Walt Disney Company, Gil is free to approach the league from new angles. It was the defining voice for the first NFL musical, The big game. It shouldn’t do a musical about head trauma, Brandon Staley and the magic hour at RedZone, but it sure is.
Jill is also the co-host of the STUpodity Indomitable podcast, covering the league through conversations with the greats and the good, including Juba Chamberlain, Greg Cott and Kenny J. Watch him cook.
6) Dianti Lee (athlete)
Football is a complicated game, but X’s & O’s best analysts are finding ways to guide fans through the maze by making things look simple. Nobody does it better than me.
Lee is still a coach, and his analysis of the game is designed to teach rather than show his credentials. Now the mainstay of the sports football showAnd the Lee distances himself from as many footballers as possible while still providing erogenous-hit insight to every football nerd.
7) Greg Rosenthal, Dan Hanzos, Mark Sisler (about the NFL)
You can’t separate the three main hosts of a podcast about the NFL and the TV vehicle. Incorporating humor, analysis, and ruthless honesty, the trio built a true one-stop shop for the masses. The show is the NFL’s #1 podcast in the UK, funneling fans into the circus tent, before providing in-depth feedback and updates on the league in general. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the show has grown the game more internationally than the league’s sending the Ruby Jaguars to London every fall.
8) Pat McAfee (Pat McAfee Show)
McAfee has become a magnet for fans and journalists alike to listen to the star players truly Think. Aaron Rodgers, president of the NFL, has a weekly residency/treatment session with McAfee throughout the season.
McAfee’s role is different from that of everyone else on this list. Part stand-up comedy, part heel, part ex-player, part talk host, McAfee’s everyone around the game’s personality makes them open up in ways we don’t usually hear — even if he feels no obligation to respond to guests. Is it journalism? No. Are you trying to be? of course not. But by allowing players to speak in an uninhibited manner, it has helped reduce the barrier between the stars in the league and those they watch.
9) David Samson (nothing personal)
Samson is the former head of the MLB Miami Marlins, who now hosts nothing personal on CBS. Samson is a controversial figure in Florida: he was one of the pioneers in using public money to fund the games of billionaires, pulling funding for the Marlins Stadium from taxpayers’ money. It is still used as a voice platform by property groups looking to drain as much money as possible from taxpayers.
Since leaving the Marilyn family, though, Samson has established a corridor as the premiere audio covering the sports business and internal operations of franchises in the United States and abroad.
The former executives operate under the Omerta Act. They don’t want to reveal trade secrets or criticize former colleagues and competitors if they are invited back to the inner sanctum. Samson is different. He enjoys revealing the belly of big sports. Whether it’s NFL internal politics, stadium financing or the dynamics of locker room management, Samson provides information that is often withheld from the public.
10) Aqib Taleb (Fox/Amazon)
As the salaries of the second man in the cab swelled, their performance plummeted. Tony Romo spends the bulk of the regular season phoning him, only attending his first playoff game. Troy Ekman is solid but not surprising. Ditto for Chris Collinsworth. Greg Olsen is a rising star on Fox, but he’s set to be pushed aside When Tom Brady joins the network.
The Taliban is the strongest departure from the status quo. Its unpolished style may not please everyone, but it offers a different perspective from the traditional gameday sounds. Amazon’s hunt for a student for a national broadcast was a smart move. He’s already pressed Romo’s crown into guesswork, which more than matches the ex-crisis quarterback’s infectious enthusiasm.