In a time when the sports term “safe at home” takes on a new meaning, volunteer shut-ins are turning to podcasts as a way to stay informed and stimulate their minds. Among the leading categories in this medium are sports, especially with the absence of pro and college games. Even with the NBA, NHL, and MLB sidelined, fans still want to hear the latest on when activity may resume as well as what things will look like when players again take to the field. That’s where ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter comes in.
Feeding hungry football fans
Free agency is in full swing for the NFL, but with the NFL Draft still scheduled for April 23, football fans wonder what college stars will be taken and in what order. Most fans worry as to whether the horror related to the virus pandemic will preclude the drama of who will be called first to the podium by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The most up-to-date, accurate information belongs to Adam Schefter’s weekly podcast. New episodes launch every Monday as part of ESPN’s star-studded lineup of timely audio podcasts. Schefter’s weekly show includes interviews with current and former players as well as industry experts and pundits. For example, on his most recent show, the host spoke with Dr. Thom Mayer, the medical director for the NFL Players Association.
Adam Schefter has chops
Adam Schefter brings a lot of cred to the airwaves. The New York native has more than 30 years of experience covering the NFL, first as a newspaper reporter covering the Denver Broncos, followed by a stint with the then-fledgling NFL Network in 2004. In 2009, Schefter joined ESPN providing breaking news stories and commentary for several of the network’s football broadcasts.
Schefter began podcasting for ESPN in 2017 with a show, Know Them From Adam, a weekly show with interviews with top sports personalities.
Schefter has awards for his NFL coverage
Adam Schefter is recognized as one of the top, if not the top, sports reporters in media. Twice named by USA Today as best NFL insider by a poll of fans, the ESPN reporter was tabbed as Sports Illustrated Now’s top media personality of the year as well as the number one sports media person by the Tampa Bay Times.
To illustrate Adam’s connection with fans, he most recently was named the prestigious Cynopsis Media Personality of the Year. That is an honor bestowed to someone who is best at showing how sports connect with fans.
Adam Schefter shows guts calling out the NFL
Despite the negative impact it may have on ESPN, Adam Schefter has spoken out publicly about how absurd it would be for the NFL to move forward with the scheduled April 23 draft during the national health crisis.
“The draft is happening only through the sheer force and determination and lack of foresight from the NFL, frankly,” Schefter said on ESPN during Scott Van Pelt’s SportsCenter. “They are determined to put this on while there is carnage in the streets!”Adam Schefter
“We all want to see the days where we have that distraction of football, but OTAs, that’s not happening,” Schefter said. “The offseason program, that’s not happening.”While the NFL powers that be are upset with Adam’s comments, fellow reporters applaud the outburst. Analyst Darren Rovell told the New York Post: “It’s challenging as a journalist to bite the hand that feeds you, but there comes a time when you must make that statement. That day came today for @AdamSchefter.”