Record Audience for ESPN Podcasts in August

ESPN Audio

Record Audience for ESPN Podcasts in August

More Than Seven Million Listeners

In August, ESPN Podcasts set a new record with a verified unique audience of 7.1 million.  The total represents an increase of 49% over August 2018.  This is the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year growth.

The leading driver behind the growth was 30 for 30: The Sterling Affairs, a series focused on Donald Sterling, the former owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.  In August, 30 for 30 registered a unique audience of more than one million, a first, and an increase over the same month last year of 172%.

In addition, Fantasy Focus Football drew a unique audience of 1.3 million, an increase of 33% over 2018.

ESPN’s unique podcast audience is verified by Podtrac.

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

It was 33 years at ESPN for me as of November 2019 (the only job I’ve ever had) after joining merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at a robust $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 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 and Indy 500; Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, in addition to overseeing the Fan Relations, Archives and, my main areas are tennis, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including ESPN’s history and growth.
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