ESPN Podcast Audience up 17% in July

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ESPN Podcast Audience up 17% in July

New Offerings Boost Original Podcasts to 25% Growth over 2018

New Daily High for The Lowe Post with News-Filled NBA Off Season


In July, ESPN Podcasts drew 5.8 million in U.S. unique audience, up 17 percent from July 2018. This is the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year growth.

Content created specifically for podcasts grew their downloads 25 percent compared to July 2018. The July increases were led by listenership of FiveThirtyEight: Politics, The Lowe Post with host Zach Lowe, the Le Batard and Friends network which launched earlier this year and the debut of The Woj Pod from NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.  In fact, the busy NBA off season drove The Lowe Post to a new single-day high on July 6.  Overall, downloads for The Lowe Post were up 17 percent.

ESPN’s unique podcast audience is verified by Podtrac.

ESPN Podcast Coverage on ESPN

Fyi, recently ESPN featured ESPN podcasts and the success ESPN has found with “road shows” (shows taped in front of a studio audience):

ESPN Podcasts

ESPN Audio launched its first podcast in 2005 and is a leader in the sports genre with more than 35 original offerings, plus shows from ESPN Radio and television. Offerings focus on “sports passions” (NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.), storytelling (“30 for 30”) and compelling personalities. The most popular titles include Fantasy Focus Football, The Lowe Post as well as podcasts of ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, and TV’s First Take, Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn



Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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