The Houston Astros may have lost to the Washington Nationals in last year’s World Series final, but they continue to live in infamy for the sign-stealing scandal that clouded their 2017 victory.
In fact, that particular piece of sordid sports history is the focus of a new documentary podcast from NY’s Cadence13. The company recently announced it is creating a new sports-themed franchise, the first season of which will be dedicated to the Astros win.
The debut episodes will be hosted and written by award-winning journalist and author Ben Reiter (pictured; Astroball: The New Way to Win it All), and produced by Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons (co-creators of the award-winning podcasts Slow Burn and Fiasco).
A TV series based on the podcast is also in development by fellow New York production company Left/Right Productions, along with Reiter, Neyfakh’s Prologue Projects and Steven Fisher’s Underground Entertainment. Left/Right also is in production on TV adaptations of the Slow Burn and Fiasco podcasts, both for Epix and with the former premiering on February 16.
Chris Corcoran, CCO at Cadence13 and Steven Fisher, partner at Underground, will serve as executive producers.
The new sports documentary franchise is slated to launch in Summer 2020 with at least six episodes to be made available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RADIO.COM and others.
“This is a story that everyone is talking about and partnering with Ben and Leon to deep-dive on this scandal should give listeners the best insight and context possible,” notes Corcoran.