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Religion of Sports & PRX Pitch Baseball Steroid Podcast Series Crushed – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Religion of Sports, the company founded by Gotham Chopra, Michael Strahan and Tom Brady, explores the history of the steroid era of Major League Baseball in a series of narrative podcasts.

The company has partnered with public media organization PRX to launch Crushed, a seven-part podcast hosted by former Sports Illustrated editor Joan Niesen.

In 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa raced to break the home run record in one season. However, it appeared that McGwire and many other players were using anabolic steroids, crushing the love of many sports fans for the game. The series will revisit this pivotal time in baseball and delve into the fallout of this scandal, asking what happens when our heroes let us down ?.

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Crushed will include interviews with former players including Rick Honeycutt, Dan Naulty, Royce Clayton, Rick Helling, Mike Trombley and Jeremy Cummings. They will discuss the pressures they faced to stay competitive, baseball’s cheating culture, and how steroids took root in sports.

The series will also feature former Giants and Dodgers head athletics coach Stan Conte, Tom Davis, chairman of the 2005 Congressional Steroid Hearings, former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich Roger Maris Jr. , whose father was the previous home run record holder, St. Louis sports reporter Frank Cusumano, ESPN reporter Howard Bryant and Associated Press reporter Steve Wilstein, who revealed in 1998 that McGwire was using a steroid precursor, androstenedione.

The series will launch on April 1 and run through May 13.

It comes after Religion of Sports expanded into podcasting through a partnership with PRX. Crushed’s production team includes Niesen, lead producer Jessica Pupovac, editor Michael Garofalo, associate producer Devon Manze, production assistant Megan Coyle and co-executive producers Ameeth Sankaran, Gotham Chopra and Adam Schlossman.

“I went baseball crazy in 1998,” Niesen said. “And I’ve loved it ever since. But over the years, I realized that I was coming to the game at a unique and complicated time, and it was fascinating to dig deeper into the era of steroids and its lasting legacy. I learned a lot and I think this podcast will help listeners separate the truth of this era from the myths. “

“My memories of the ups and downs of the steroid age are so vivid. From watching McGwire knock 62 at him sitting in front of Congress to plead fifth, ”added Schlossman, co-executive producer of Religion of Sports. “Joan expertly tells this story as a journalist and avid follower of a game she fell deeply in love with. Crushed will challenge the assumptions and even the memories so many of us have about the steroid age, while also asking central questions about the present and future of baseball. How did a once revered American institution lose its heroes and get them back?

“We are proud to partner with Religion of Sports to bring Crushed to podcast listeners,” said Jason Saldanha, Head of Business Development at PRX. “We believe this must-see series elevates what is possible for impactful sports storytelling and journalism in audio.”

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