Bill Simmons already hosts a daily podcast for The Ringer, the company he launched three years ago after leaving ESPN. But instead of producing it for his company, it will be published by Spotify.The Ringer’s Hottest Take will be exclusive to the streaming music company’s growing podcast portfolio.
“These are short podcasts. These are going to be like seven to nine minutes, multiple times per week,” Simmons says in the show’s trailer. He also promises the podcast will be “one take” with mistakes edited out. The show will cover sports, movies, TV, food, music, and other pop culture topics. In addition to Simmons, the new podcast will feature several other podcasters from The Ringer portfolio, including Binge Mode co-hosts Jason Concepcion and Mallory Rubin, House of Carbs host Joe House, The Watch podcast co-host Chris Ryan, The Big Picture host Sean Fennessey, and Bachelor Party host Juliet Litman.
Simmons, who hosts the apropos named The Bill Simmons Podcast, said in a recent interview that The Ringer’s portfolio of about 30 shows now gets nearly 55 million downloads per month. He told Adweek the company had $15 million in advertising sales in 2018 and it’s tracking to be up significantly from that this year.
The Ringer’s Hottest Take will debut Monday, Sept. 16.