The sports media landscape is drastically changing. Gone are the days when fans had to purely rely on mainstream outlets on major networks to get their source of news, commentary and opinion. Thanks to the worldwide web, the possibilities to access quality content are limitless. The only challenge now is deciphering what is worth following.
NFL supporters in Australia have a few options to consider. The domestic podcasts that cover the game give a perfect blend of knowledge and good old fashioned Aussie larrikinism that transcends the cultural divide between the two countries. Fans might enjoy the sport but get turned off by the over-the-top delivery of American commentary, now that is becoming less and less of an issue. Then again, the best content covering NFL will always come from those that see it up close and personal.
As the big hitters in the USA spread their wings on the international stage and expand to countries like ours, the more people want to know about it. That makes watching the games in isolation a redundant process if there isn’t a narrative around it. Those who love the AFL, NRL, Super Rugby or A-League do so not purely because of the action on the field, but the soap opera that happens off it. To bridge that gap, podcasts enable the analysts, writers and comedians to discuss the hot topics, the trade rumours, the feuds, the controversies and everything else that’s happening in the NFL world.
In that spirit we’ve broken down the essential podcasts Australian NFL fans should be subscribed and listening to religiously.
- The Woot & Wye Show
Josh Wye and Josh Wootton are two Sydney lads who have recently raised the bat after cracking a ton of podcasts. Creating and sending out over 100 episodes demonstrates a level of dedication and knowledge on the sport that’s hard to match in this country. The show has also recently enjoyed a boost with an appearance from current Penrith Panthers playmaker Jamie Soward coming on board, outlining his plans for a media career covering American sports in Australia. If you happen to be living in or close to the city, you can meet the boys at the King St Brewhouse Darling Harbour on Super Bowl Monday. The $20 fee includes drinks, food and maybe a prize or two. Subscribe here.
- Inside The Huddle
Granted it’s an unusual paradigm following an American sport and listening to a British-based podcast covering it. But the insight from former College and NFL UK coordinator Jeff Reinebold is priceless. With Sky Sports UK analyst Neil Reynolds chairing the show, the pair avoid talking about the game in a clichéd manner, instead focusing on the thought process of the coaches and how football teams manage themselves throughout a grueling season. It’s magnificent listening material and with the boys out on the road in the UK performing live shows, perhaps one day they could come down under. Subscribe here.
- First Take
When referencing “over-the-top” American commentators, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless are probably Exhibition A and B for the greatest offenders of them all. This pair of journalists play up to the camera and microphone with a magnificent degree of grandstanding, name calling and bravado that makes Shane Warne look docile by comparison. However, should their style not be grating to the ears then the discussion points they cover in the National Football League will inform you like few others do. Bayless is a Dallas Cowboy diehard who always manages to centre the debate around his beloved Texas franchise while Stephen A calls out anyone and everyone who plays a bad game. It’s heated, it’s frenetic and if you love the NFL you will get a kick out of it. Subscribe here.
- NFL Fantasy ‘n Insight with The Aussie Guys
Does exactly what it says on the tin. The Aussie Guys have been doing this for a while, releasing their 151st episode this week. With their website offering great insight, fan art, reviews, previews and the whole package, this is a podcast that goes the extra mile. Almost 10,000 Twitter followers cannot be wrong and the bigger the sport gets in Australia the more relevant they will be. Subscribe here.
- The NFL on The Greenfield Podcast
Credit to Jay Mueller for keeping this rag-tag group of NFL supporting misfits working in tune together. The banter is perfectly balanced by the comedic stylings of Adam ‘Rozie’ Rozenbachs, pointing out all the foibles in the game from Cam Newton’s dabbin dance to the LA Rams highly inappropriate 1980s #RamIt music video. Diehard 49ers tragic Steve Salisbury is the chief analyst with added contributions from Daniel Juchima aka Juice. It’s an NFL show with plenty of character and great segments, including Lock of the Week and Montana Fact. Subscribe here.