I hate comparing new services to existing ones, but when it comes to YouCastr, there is no other possible way to describe it. The service, for the first time as I’m aware, brings a YouTube-like interface to sports podcasters and commentators. That’s right, you heard it: your average Joe can now do sports commentary, too.
YouCastr’s interface carries a familar blend of YouTube and, everybody’s favourite, iTunes. Listed are some recent episodes, featured episodes, caster leaderboard and a bunch of sports categories. You can click on over to any episode and you’ll see that YouTube video page with one difference: no video. Here’s an example episode.
While I first expected the service to be for podcasts in general, it seems that YouCastr is targeting just the right market: a large bunch of enthusiastic, excited people who have something to say. What I love, too, about the service, is that it’s not limited to American football, baseball, and basketball. They cover a lot of the main sports in the world, too, including Cricket, NASCAR, and Rugby.
As anyone who has ever watched cricket with my father would know, he is the biggest fanatic and questionably can commentate better than the commentators! A site like this would give people like my dad a great place to shed off their enthusiasm. Overall, a well-built product with the worst branding possible (YouX + Xr + BETA sign + gradient reflection = someone kill me), despite of which, targetted just at the right market. Give it a try, you fanatics.