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True crime podcasts are always great because there’s just something so fascinating about the circumstances surrounding law-breaking. When you can find a true-crime podcast that piques some of your other interests, too, that’s even better. That’s why, for many people, sports and crime podcasts – sports stories where crime is involved – are some of the best on the market. From Michael Vick’s infamous failure to Oscar Pistorius’s heinous actions (we’re defining sports crime here as when an athlete has done something bad), there’s a lot to digest in sports crime headlines.
Unfortunately, there aren’t so many crime in sports podcasts to digest. As more begin to pop up the niche diversifies some, but there still isn’t an awful lot of choice. When you compare this to sports podcasts in general or even the top tier, most gruesome true crime podcasts, it gets hard to pick. However, there are a few standout sports crime podcasts. These are the podcasts we suggest you check out.
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#1. Crime in Sports
Crime in Sports is the dominant sports crime podcast right now, and for good reason. Hilarious and enticing, Crime in Sports is a natural listen for sports fans and true crime fans alike. Whether you prefer to sit back and relax and have a laugh about the ridiculousness of all of the crime or like to get in the gritty details of it all, Crime in Sports has you covered. This is the most catch-all of all of these podcasts, which weigh in on topics from Mark Gastineau’s domestic abuse to petty crime to the OJ Simpson trials.
The Hosts: Based out of Arizona, James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman are 3 things: sports fans, true crime fans, and comedians. While neither has been seen on any Netflix original specials, they have found their medium in both of their podcasts. Small Town Murder kicked it off, a podcast where they discuss crime from places you’ve never heard of before. When the idea that they could mix that with an obvious love of sports, they found Crime in Sports.
The Guests: Crime in Sports does not feature guests.
Why You Have to Listen: Do you like sports? Do you like true crime? Do you like laughing? Then you need to listen to this podcast – there’s nothing more to it. Even if it isn’t your favorite, it will never be a waste of time. It’s undeniably funny, while not being too irreverent towards the crime and its victims. Classy but hilarious, and often revealing.
#2. Sports Criminals
Similar in spirit to Crime in Sports, Sports Criminals focuses on the crossover between good sports storylines and great true crime. Excellently narrated and deeply researched, there’s a lot of substance behind this podcast. In that way, it differs slightly from Crime in Sports. Less like a stand-up special and more like an award-winning film, this podcast is absolutely brilliant as it covers topics like the Tiger Woods scandals and Chris Benoit’s double murder-suicide.
The Hosts: Sports Criminals is hosted by Carter Roy and Tim Johnson. Carter is a former actor and director, and Tim is a bit more mysterious. Neither host is the feature of this show, however. Both have a knack for reading a script dramatically, and it’s on full display here.
The Guests: Sports Criminals does not feature guests.
Why You Have to Listen: The most lovable part of Sports Criminals is the brilliant writing, which is only enhanced by great narration. The hosts love to set the scene and do so with panache. As you get further into the podcast, you will notice that the hosts are adept at telling a story beat by beat. Often, the show will bring up obscurer facts that other shows sometimes lose.
Listen to: Sports Criminals
Rating: All Ages
#3 Lateral Damage
Sports Illustrated has been the pinnacle of sports journalism since before God left Chicago. With that known, there should be no shock when you learn that Sports Illustrated has hopped on the sports crime podcast train. Lateral Damage is the successor to Fall of a Titan, although they’re hosted under the same name now. Promising to dive deep into some of the most obscure unsolved sports crimes, there’s a lot to be excited about here.
The Hosts: Lateral Damage is currently hosted by Tim Rohan, although it seems like he may hand off the reins when the second season picks up. Rohan has been a writer for Sports Illustrated for some time, having written some of their most acclaimed recent articles. The man behind Death of a Heisman Winner, crime is nothing new to him. Should he pass the reins, it will be to S.I. Price, an older journalist with a similar portfolio.
The Guests: Other journalists and people involved in the stories will sometimes guest on Lateral Damage.
Why You Have to Listen: Lateral Damage is the most journalistic podcast on this list, without question. While others on this list will do deep research or even speak with people involved, this podcast manages to find depth in every story they cover. With some of the most respectable names in sports journalism available, the show has a lot to pull out. This also allows them to take an angle few other podcasts can, as they see through the media’s eyes, and are able to break down that part of cases.
Listen to: Lateral Damage
Rating: All Ages
#4 The Sneak
If you don’t know the name Anthony Curcio, you might want to learn it. The Sneak is the best reason to do it. The pinnacle of single-story true crime podcasts, you don’t need to know anything about sports to get into it. If you happen to know football, you’ll only be able to pick up a bit more. But nothing can show the similarities between football and a getaway like The Sneak.
The Hosts: The Sneak is hosted by Nate Scott, the editor of FTW Sports. Nate is a great interviewer and writer, two skills which help to make The Sneak so fantastic. You’ll find the small details Nate is able to provide immersive, while his questions are specific and bring the best out of his guests. Nate knows how to get a story told.
The Guests: The Sneak brings on many guests associated with the crime in question, and the surrounding incidents. The man who made the 911 call and the cop who made the arrest make an appearance. The most notable guest, however, is Anthony Crucio. The football star turned mastermind criminal is happy to provide his side of the story, as he now uses his failures for the betterment of American youth.
Why You Have to Listen: Anthony Crucio was a college football player who got caught in something terrible. (I won’t spoil anything.) However, when he chose to rob an armored car, it made national headlines. One of the greatest heists of all times, it’s surprising to hear Crucio talk about the “angles.” Football and robbery aren’t all that different, and The Sneak shows it.
Listen to: The Sneak