Head in the Game: ESPN launches new weekly podcast with Jamie Laing and Alex Lowe

ESPN has launched an entertaining new podcast called Head in the Game, fronted by TV personality Jamie Laing and comedian Alex Lowe.

The irreverent podcast focuses on the biggest sporting event each week, giving listeners all the information they need to know -- plus lots of laughs -- by speaking with experts and super fans.

Episode one kicks off with the NBA London game at London's O2 Arena on Thursday Jan. 17, which this year sees the legendary New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards duke it out.

It will be available to download from Monday Jan. 7 from all major platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Castbox, Podbean, Acast and Google Podcasts.

The second episode, on the Australian Open and the golden era in tennis, will be available on Monday Jan. 21, followed by new episodes every week.

Future topics will include the Super Bowl, UFC London, and NCAA College Basketball's March Madness tournament. Global sports and events that many UK sports fans will be keen to learn more about.

Regular features of the show, produced by The Podcast Company, include a brief history of the chosen event or sport, famous fans and a quick-fire quiz to test what the listeners and hosts Jamie and Alex have learned.

Laing has featured in a wide array of popular TV shows, as well as hosting his own podcast Private Parts. Actor and comedian Alex Lowe has appeared in hit TV shows such as Phoenix Nights and The Fast Show, while his character Barry from Watford has developed a cult following after first appearing on radio station LBC in 2005.

"I'm very excited to work with ESPN and Alex on this fun, new project," Laing explained. "There is so much great sporting action going on around the world every week it can feel a little overwhelming for sports fans in the UK. I know I struggle to keep up.

"Head in the Game is the perfect way to get up to speed on all the important background, so that you can sound like an expert when discussing the subject with your mates."

Co-presenter Lowe added: "Knowledge is power and ESPN's Head in the Game podcast will make you all powerful, by delivering hot, creamy facts and information directly into your ears, making you stronger than ever before.

"One listen will have you leaping over buildings, punching through steel and shooting lasers from your eyes. Metaphorically speaking, of course. One thing is for certain, you will be well clued up about the big sporting event that week."

Charly Classen, ESPN Vice President & GM -- EMEA, South Asia, Aus/NZ said: "The world of sport never stops, especially as the popularity of sports such as basketball, MMA and American Football continues to grow in the UK.

"So we are very excited to launch ESPN's Head in the Game podcast with Jamie Laing, Alex Lowe and other ESPN experts to bring sports fans an engaging and irreverent means to discover more about the world's biggest sporting events.

"ESPN's mission is to serve sports fans anytime, anywhere, and this podcast is a great example of our approach to covering sport in as many ways as possible."