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SB Nation and the Vox Media Podcast Network Launch New Podcast, 'It Seemed Smart'

PRESS RELEASE — October 24, 2018

New York NY, USA—SB Nation and the Vox Media Podcast Network launched “It Seemed Smart,” SB Nation’s first storytelling podcast series, yesterday. Guided by SB Nation Editor-at-Large Spencer Hall, listeners will enter the amusing, diabolical, and entertaining world of sports trickery and mayhem in six episodes: absurd stories of stolen bats, pirated play calls, renegade cross-country road racers, and fantasy football’s own insider trading scandal.

Listeners can subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and wherever listeners enjoy podcasts.

“This podcast will celebrate the off-the-wall sports stories that SB Nation is best at telling, in audio form,” said Elena Bergeron, Editor-in-Chief of SB Nation. “It will also be an opportunity for those who don’t follow daily sports to be wowed by the spectacle of competition via Spencer’s unique reporting.”

“It Seemed Smart” will post new episodes each Tuesday, with its first episode examining the Great Albert Belle Bat Caper. In 1994, Albert Belle of the Cleveland Indians had a bat confiscated by umpires during a game with the Chicago White Sox. Why did the White Sox ask for the bat to be confiscated? Because they suspected the bat was corked. Why did the Indians crawl through a ceiling, steal the bat out of an umpire’s dressing room, and set off a chain of events that eventually involved a former FBI agent? Because the Indians knew the bat was corked.

“I’m excited for fans to listen to some of the more esoteric sports stories that have happened throughout the years,” said Spencer Hall. “I believe that people will learn something new every episode while also having some fun while doing it.”

Spencer Hall writes for SB Nation, is the founder of the college football website Every Day Should Be Saturday (EDSBS), and is one of the three conspirators responsible for the Shutdown Fullcast. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

About SB Nation

SB Nation is where fans live. SB Nation is a network of more than 300 passionate fan communities dedicated to the sports and teams we love. We connect with 75MM high-quality, uber-engaged fans every month who FAN with us because we let fans evolve how we do sports: built to be always on, and powered by obsessive, inclusive communities and innovative storytelling. With SB Nation you reach fans where they really live, when they’re really paying attention, and ready to take action. Come fan with us! SB Nation is part of Vox Media.

About Vox Media

Vox Media is the fastest growing modern media company known for its standout technology, high-fidelity advertising, and editorial networks united by a shared belief in the power to go deeper to connect with global, passionate, curious audiences. Vox Media’s networks and businesses include SB Nation, Eater, The Verge, Vox, Curbed, Recode & Code Conferences, Polygon, Concert, Chorus, Vox Creative, Vox Entertainment, and the Vox Media Podcast Network. @voxmediainc

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