Cadence13 to Launch New Sports Documentary Podcast Franchise, Season One Explores Houston Astros Sign-Stealing Scandal


New York, NY—Cadence13, a leading premium podcast company, announced the launch of a new sports documentary podcast franchise that will explore in-depth a wide range of compelling stories and people from the world of sports, with Season One focused on the Houston Astros 2017 World Series-winning season sign-stealing scandal.

Season One of the new Cadence13 sports docuseries will be hosted and written by Ben Reiter, the award-winning journalist and bestselling author who predicted the Astros 2017 World Series victory in a June 2014 SI cover story, and author of the New York Times bestseller Astroball: The New Way to Win it All. Season One will be produced by Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons, co-creators of the award-winning podcasts Slow Burn and Fiasco.

Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13 and Steven Fisher, Partner, Underground, will serve as Executive Producers.

Throughout the series, Reiter will explore the sign-stealing scandal that rocked the sports world this year when MLB unveiled the findings of its investigation, revealing that the Astros 2017 World Series winning season that led to their victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers was tainted by cheating.  Reiter’s history with the Astros will allow him a unique vantage point from which to explore the cutting edge strategies and culture that lifted the  club from the cellar to a championship in just a few years - and also led them on a road to infamy.

Cadence13’s new sports documentary franchise is slated to launch in Summer 2020 with a minimum of six episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RADIO.COM and everywhere podcasts are available.

A TV series based on the podcast is also in development by award-winning New York based TV production company Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, along with Reiter, Leon Neyfakh’s Prologue Projects, and Steven Fisher’s Underground Entertainment.

“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,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13. “We are thrilled to expand Cadence13’s powerful lineup of original documentary storytelling with this new franchise.”

“The Astros of the 2010s were the most innovative organization in the history of sports,” said Ben Reiter. “As it turned out, the ‘new way to win it all’ involved factors that no one could have imagined - myself included. Cadence13, Prologue Projects, and Left/Right are the ideal partners with whom to reveal the full story of the Astros’ exhilarating rise and shocking fall.”

“We have long wanted to apply our narrative approach to a story that’s outside the world of politics,” said Leon Neyfakh. “The Astros saga is the perfect place for us to start — in addition to being populated by amazing characters, it forces you to ask yourself hard questions about the meaning of fairness, cheating, and secrecy.”

Cadence13 is home to C13Originals, the creators of the #1 podcast Root of Evil; Gangster Capitalism, the docuseries exploring white collar corruption and the dark side of the American Dream, with Season One focused on the college admissions scandal; and Long May They Run, the music documentary series that explores iconic touring bands, the impact they have on their fans, culture and the music industry at large, with Season One focused on the band Phish.

Ben Reiter wrote 26 cover stories as a longtime senior writer for Sports Illustrated. Reiter’s SI feature 'The Seeker: The Complicated Life and Death of Hideki Irabu' won the 2018 Deadline Award for Magazine Profile, and his work has four times been honored as a notable selection in the annual The Best American Sportswriting series. Before joining SI in 2004, he worked as a research assistant for the legendary investigative journalist Wayne Barrett at The Village Voice.

Leon Neyfakh is the co-creator of Slow Burn and Fiasco and the founder of Prologue Projects, an independent podcast studio in Brooklyn. This month, Neyfakh launched the second season of Fiasco, an eight-part account of the Iran-Contra affair, and the first season of the Slow Burn TV adaptation on EPIX, co-produced with Left/Right and Slate. A TV series of Fiasco has also been commissioned by EPIX, also produced with Left/Right. Andrew Parsons is the executive producer at Prologue Projects, where he oversees Fiasco and The Trevor Noah Podcast.

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