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Fox Sports Radio -- the joint venture between Fox Sports and iHeartMedia’s Premiere Networks -- has already made the podcast play, with 19 shows currently in its lineup. Now its parent umbrella entity Fox Sports is looking to reach more podcast listeners. It has launched The Fox Sports Podcast Network featuring podcasts from Fox Sports hosts including a trio of new shows.

“Fox Sports is the leading destination for top quality original digital content from the biggest personalities in sports,” said Charlie Dixon, Executive VP and Head of Content at Fox Sports. “The creation of this new podcast network allows us to deliver fans exclusive commentary and enthralling stories providing hours of entertainment through this important medium,” he said in the announcement.

As part of the launch, three new podcasts have been developed to premiere in the coming months. They include:

  • The Skip Balyess Show. The just-launched show is hosted by sports opinion commentator Skip Bayless; the weekly podcast will feature a discussion of the hottest topics in the world of sports and share behind-the-scenes stories from some of the biggest moments in sports history. Expect A-list interviews and responses to fans’ no-holds-barred questions. New episodes will roll-out every Thursday morning. Bayless is a cohost of Fox Sports’ opinion and debate show “Skip and Shannon” Undisputed” airing weekdays on FS1.
  • What’s Wright with Nick Wright. Set to debut March 1, the weekly podcast will feature what Fox Sports says will be thought-provoking commentary” from Wright, the veteran host of its “First Things First” show on FS1. Wright ranks everything he’s heard from the world of sports, from debatable topics like the top 50 NBA players of the last 50 years to his best bets and predictions for the week ahead.
  • Wesley is a new podcast set to debut in April. It is hosted by Tom Rinaldi, who recently co-directed the network’s celebrated documentary “All Madden.” Wesley will be a serialized audio documentary, sharing the story of Lyman Wesley Bostock Jr. The activist-turned-athlete became one of the best hitters in baseball, and tragically, the only Major League Baseball player to be murdered in-season.

The new podcasts complement Fox Sports’ existing lineup of original digital podcasts, including Club Shay, hosted by FS1 host and Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe; Flippin’ Bats, hosted by former professional baseball player Ben Verlander; and The No. 1 Ranked Showhosted by college football analyst RJ Young, among others.

Fox Sports faces a crowded field on the podcast front, with sports content available from producers including ESPN, Barstool Sports, The Athletic, Locked On, Blue Wire, and Meadowlark Media, among others.