ESPN Audio Adds New Co-Host For Fantasy Focus Podcast
August 14, 2015 at 2:31 PM (PT)
ESPN AUDIO is relaunching its FANTASY FOCUS football podcast with a new co-host for ESPN fantasy sports expert MATTHEW BERRY, ESPN NFL commentator FIELD YATES. YATES replaces NATE RAVITZ; STEPHANIA BELL will continue as a regular contributor to the show.
“I’ve been able to be a part of ESPN’s fantasy football coverage over each of the past two seasons, but I view this role as an opportunity to have a focused voice on a daily basis, something that will allow me to dig deeper and engage the listeners with expanded thoughts,” said YATES. “It’s an exciting chance to extend my opinions and outlooks for players each week and also brings fans inside how I assess fantasy forecasts – a mash-up of my scouting background from working in the NFL and statistical metrics.
“Working with MATTHEW – a friend and someone whose opinion I value as much as any other in the fantasy community – is something I’m relishing,” added YATES. “I believe that we have a dynamic that fans will be receptive to and enjoy as we roll into the 2015 season. The chance to size up players we see differently and learn from each other is something to be excited about. I know MATTHEW will make the transition for me a smooth one.”
BERRY said, “FIELD is both a friend and someone who knows a ton about both football and fantasy football so I’m really excited to have him join the team and take the ‘06010’ to the next level. This is going to be a great year.”
The network is also adding "ESPN DFS PODCAST" with ANITA MARKS and "THE ESPN DAILY FANTASY PODCAST CHANNEL," a stream with the weekly DFS podcast and short-form vignettes on fantasy sports. And ESPN Sports WMVP-A (ESPN CHICAGO 1000AM)/CHICAGO will cover the 10th Annual Fantasy Draft Convention and Championship in CHICAGO on AUGUST 22nd, with BELL, JOHN CLAYTON, and ERIC KARABELL joined by hosts from the local station; Sports WEPN-F (ESPN NEW YORK 98.7FM)/NEW YORK will host the first ESPN New York Fantasy Football Convention in YONKERS on AUGUST 29th, with BERRY, BELL, MARKS, ADAM SCHEFTER, KEN DAUBE, DAMIEN WOODY, RAY LUCAS, and RYAN RUOCCO on hand.