ESPN to Launch Radio Show Focusing on ‘the Impact of Faith In the Sports World’

A scene from the movie "Frantz" (© Jean-Claude Moireau - Foz/Courtesy of Music Box Films)
A scene from the movie “Frantz” (© Jean-Claude Moireau – Foz/Courtesy of Music Box Films)


ESPN will soon launch a weekly sports talk radio show that will focus on “the impact of faith in the sports world” and feature interviews with professional athletes who will discuss the role faith has played in their lives.

Rob Maaddi, an Associated Press sports writer, will host the new hour-long radio program, “Faith on the Field,” which debuts in April. He told The Christian Post that although he has many roles as a writer, author and radio and TV personality, his “main job in the world is to be a messenger for Christ.”

“I want to increase the Kingdom, spread the Word, encourage Christians to share their faith and inspire nonbelievers to turn to the Lord,” he said. “So this show will be a forum for athletes to talk about the work God has done in their lives and hopefully we give all of our listeners an entertaining, engaging sports-talk experience that impacts them much greater than scores, stats, opinions and analysis.”

Maaddi, a devout non-denominational Christian who has authored a number of sports books, including Football Faith: 52 NFL Stars Reflect on Their Faith and Baseball Faith: 52 MLB Stars Reflect on Their Faith, told CP that he has had the idea for a show like this for quite some time but the plan didn’t fall together until after Pastor Phil Moser at Fellowship Bible Church in Sewell, New Jersey, invited him and his friend Doug Horton, to a Bible study.

While Rob will serve as the show’s primary host and lead discussion, Moser, the author of the Biblical Strategies book series, and Horton, the founder of the charity obstacle course event Goliathon, will be co-hosts on the show.

Through his work over the years covering Philadelphia sports teams, Maaddi has been able to build relationships with Christian professional athletes across the country.

“We’ll have various Christian athletes on the show from around the country, though my access to Philly players will make them my go-to guys,” Maaddi explained. “I have a strong network of players, hall of famers, MVPs, all-stars, thanks to Football Faith and Baseball Faith.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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