Cadence13 is launching a new sports documentary podcast franchise and the Houston Astro’s sign-stealing scandal is serving as the launch pad. And a companion television series is also in the works for the still untitled show.
The first season of the new docuseries will be hosted and written by Ben Reiter, the award-winning journalist and bestselling author who predicted the Astros 2017 World Series victory in a June 2014 SI cover story, and is the author of the bestseller “Astroball: The New Way to Win it All.” Season One will be produced by Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons, co-creators of the award-winning Slow Burn and Fiasco podcasts. Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer at Cadence13 and Underground Entertainment partner Steven Fisher will serve as executive producers.
“This is a story that everyone is talking about and partnering with Ben and Leon to deep dive on this scandal should give listeners the best insight and context possible,” said Corcoran. The documentary franchise is slated to launch in the summer with a minimum of six episodes.
Throughout the series, Cadence13 says Reiter will explore the sign-stealing scandal that rocked the sports world this year when MLB unveiled the findings of its investigation, revealing that the Astros 2017 World Series winning season that led to their victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers was tainted by cheating. “The Astros of the 2010s were the most innovative organization in the history of sports,” said Reiter. “As it turned out, the ‘new way to win it all’ involved factors that no one could have imagined – myself included.”
Neyfakh is best known for his podcasts that looked at politics and the Iran-Contra affair. The new sports podcast is a diversion from that. “We have long wanted to apply our narrative approach to a story that’s outside the world of politics,” said Neyfakh. “The Astros saga is the perfect place for us to start — in addition to being populated by amazing characters, it forces you to ask yourself hard questions about the meaning of fairness, cheating, and secrecy.”
A television series based on the podcast is also in development by award-winning New York-based TV production company Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, along with Reiter, Neyfakh’s Prologue Projects, and Fisher’s Underground Entertainment.