AUGUST 2023 – Sport Social Podcast Network (Sport Social) has seen a significant increase in downloads of its cycling and cricket podcasts over the last two months, linked to the return of the Tour de France and The Ashes. According to the network’s latest listener data, the number of cycling and cricket shows that were downloaded on the network across June and July increased by 96%, as compared to April and May.
The spike in listeners shows increased appetite from fans for podcast content following key competitions and tournaments. It comes as Sport Social reaches a milestone of 8 million monthly downloads across the network.
During the Tour de France, The Geraint Thomas Cycling Club saw a staggering 96% increase in downloads in July, as compared to June. While the race was on, the podcast – which is developed by Crowd Network – launched a series of special episodes in celebration of the competition, including commentary and day-by-day recaps of the Tour. It also included appearances from competitors, giving listeners exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes access to the event.
The Ashes also had an impact on listener numbers for cricket podcasts on the network. Downloads for shows including Wisden Cricket Weekly and Storylines: The Women’s Cricket Show by The Analyst increased by 54% between June – July, as compared to April – May figures. During The Ashes, both Wisden and The Women’s Cricket Show produced episodes dedicated to expert analysis, highlights, opinions and debates inspired by the tournament.
Stefan Doyle, Head of the Sport Social Podcast Network, said: “The recent increase in downloads that we’ve seen for our cycling and cricket podcasts specifically, during the Tour de France and The Ashes, shows the power of podcasting when it comes to giving fans more of what they love.
“Audio is a space that provides people with an opportunity to soak up every second of a major competition, and it’s clear there is growing appetite from fans and listeners to interact with their favourite sports via podcasts. We’ve built a captive audience of cycling and cricket fans across these verticals, and this means there’s real opportunity for brands and rightsholders too, to reach new fans whether through advertising or partnerships with the podcasts directly.
“People aren’t just engaging with their favourite sports simply through TV or radio anymore. They want to be part of every conversation and the buzz that surrounds huge events. Podcasting is an ideal medium to do that, from official shows or something grassroots, and produced by fans themselves. It’s an exciting space to be in.”
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About Sports Social Podcast Network
Sport Social is a global sports podcast network. It enables brilliant sports podcasts to grow and gives creators the value they deserve from their content.
The platform provides its podcasts access to consultancy, monetisation, hosting, analytics and cross-promotion opportunities – everything they need to grow their audiences and deliver even better content.
With shows about almost every sport you can think of, Sport Social Podcast Network’s growing community includes The Joe Marler Show, The Autosport Podcast and The Anfield Wrap.
Sport Social is backed by Communicorp UK, which is home to some of the most exciting brands in UK radio. Proud to be headquartered in the heart of Manchester, a city globally renowned for creativity and collaboration, its partners and communities are spread around the world. To find out more, visit: https://sport-social.co.uk/.