Retired professional athletes Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez now have something even bigger that they share in common: Both have entered the podcasting business in their post-pro sports career lives. Mind you, how Rodriguez and Bryant are going about that task is completely different.
Rodriguez has found success with his “The Corp” podcast, which combines comedy, business and sports into one show. He co-hosts with Dan Katz, who also serves as host of the “Pardon My Take” podcast. “The Corp” takes Rodriguez and Katz around the country to interview business leaders, sports legends, entertainment veterans and entrepreneurs to uncover the roots of their success and the mindset that has allowed them to overcome inevitable obstacles.
Produced by Barstool Sports, the show’s second season of just launched with a lineup of guests that will include actor Kevin Bacon, domestic guru Martha Stewart, racing driver Danica Patrick, WWE executive Stephanie McMahon, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and entrepreneurs Dylan Lauren of Dylan's Candy Bar and Ty Haney of Outdoor Voices. “The Corp” will also include five appearances from Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini.
"It doesn't matter where you competed. These guests, from Martha Stewart to Danica Patrick and Dylan Lauren, all stared failure in the eye and won that standoff," says Rodriguez. "It's a great lesson for us all."
Rodriguez will also continue to share with listeners the untold stories of his baseball career and experience founding the real-life A-Rod Corp., an investment conglomerate that has deployed hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate, media, consumer and fitness ventures.
Meanwhile, in a very different vein, Bryant’s Granity Studios has partnered with Endeavor Audio to release the second season of “The Punies.” What’s said to be the first youth sports podcast on the market, it will offer a 10-week Saturday morning schedule that is reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons of the past.
“Sports played a pivotal role in my development of perseverance, confidence and teamwork as a child and well into adulthood,” said Bryant in a statement. “The valuable lessons I learned while playing have always been instrumental in my successes off the court and ‘The Punies’ captures those moments of learning in a way that will inspire young listeners and provide entertainment for the entire family.”
“The Punies” is a collection of scripted audio stories about an eclectic group of neighborhood friends who gather together to compete in a different sport and take on new adventures each week. The podcast is written by Jon Haller, executive story editor for ABC’s Emmy-nominated series “Last Man Standing.” “’The Punies’ serves as a notable example of a podcast that delivers important and impactful learnings to young children in ways that are relatable and relevant to their real lives,” said Dave Easton, Head of Content & Development at Endeavor Audio.