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NFL Network’s surprise cancellation of podcast “Around The NFL” causes consternation

NFL Network’s surprise cancellation of podcast “Around The NFL” causes consternation

NFL Network’s surprising decision to cancel popular football podcast All about the NFL has sparked dismay and regret among colleagues, employees and fans on both sides of the pond.

The widely acclaimed podcast ran for more than a decade and featured regular guests Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler, Gregg Rosenthal and the late Chris Wesseling, as well as a number of NFL Network contributors.

The team has built a particularly loyal fan base in international markets by regularly traveling to London for NFL games, hosting events there and appearing on Sky Sports’ NFL coverage.

The irreverent and informed show aired several times a week and also aired on the network, but this summer it was suddenly canceled without warning. Listeners’ fears were confirmed when the network confirmed yesterday that it would not continue the show and that Hanzus and Sessler would no longer be with the company. It said it would instead replace them with another show called NFL Diary moderated by Rosenthal.

Rosenthal confirmed the news on Twitter, but Sessler and Hanzus have not yet commented. These are the latest cuts at the network, which canceled NFL Total Access this year after 21 years. On-air talent who reportedly left the company this year include Michael Irvin, Andrew Siciliano, James Palmer, Melissa Stark and Will Selva. In the meantime, the company has Good morning, football The program was moved from New York to Los Angeles.

All about the NFL is consistently ranked among Apple Podcasts’ top 10 pro football shows in the U.S., and has done even better in the same category in some foreign markets. This year, it was nominated for iHeartMedia’s Best Sports Podcast and has built a following of tens of thousands on Reddit.

NFL UK bureau chief Henry Hodgson called the cancellation “tragic.” Recently departed NFL Network host Lindsay Rhodes called it “incredible,” while former NFL player and current podcaster and TV commentator Ross Tucker said it marked the “end of an era.” Hundreds of fans took to social media to express their horror and sadness at the decision.