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    FIFA World Cup

    FIFA World Cup

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    FIFA
    The FIFA World Cup is the largest and most prestigious soccer tournament in the world. It is hosted by a different country every four years and is widely considered the most watched sport in the world. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the global governing body responsible with awarding the country which enters a bid after a rigorous qualification process and ensures that the matches are up to world class standards. The FIFA World Cup has been held successfully since the first tournament was held way back in 1930. The only interruptions occurred in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of World War II. The current format involves 32 international teams competing at different venues within the host nation for about a month. The final two get to compete for a solid gold trophy simply named The FIFA World Cup Trophy. Brazil currently holds the most World Cup titles with 5, followed by Italy (4) and Germany (3). The 2010 World Cup was the 19th tournament in the series and took place in South Africa.moreless
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    NHL

    NHL

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    NHL - National Hockey League
    The National Hockey League, often abbreviated as NHL, is a professional sports league dedicated to the game of ice hockey. Established in 1917, the NHL, which started with 4 teams, is currently comprised of 30 active franchises separated into two conferences based on geography. At the end of the regular season, the 8 teams with the best record from each conference (for a total of 16 teams) are allowed entrance into the post-season playoffs to determine the overall champion of the NHL. At the end of the playoffs, the team that is left standing is awarded The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America. The most storied franchises in the NHL include the Montreal Canadiens, owners of 24 championship titles, the Toronto Maple Leafs, owners of 13 championship titles, and the Detroit Red Wings, owners of 11 championship titles. Though the league was hit hard by the “lockout” season in 2004-05, the NHL has steadily been building its foundations back up including record highs in terms of sponsorships, crowds, and television audiences in 2009.moreless
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    Blue Mountain State

    Blue Mountain State

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    Spike TV (ended 2011)
    Inspired by Animal House, this Spike TV comedy spotlights three new freshmen experiencing college life for the first time. The project is the brainchild of Chris Romano and Eric Falconer, the forces behind The Sarah Silverman Program.moreless
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    Pardon the Interruption

    Pardon the Interruption

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    ESPN
    On Monday, Oct. 22, ESPN premiered Pardon The Interruption, a live and provocative show devoted exclusively to sports opinions and headline issues, airs each weekday at 5:30 p.m. ET leading into SportsCenter. The 30-minute program originates from Washington, D.C. and features Washington Post columnists Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon. The two address a variety of issues from the sports world each day with some the help of some in-studio and out-of-studio contributors. The program reairs each weekday at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS, and often at 7:30 on ESPN2. Kornheiser and Wilbon, who have been debating each other in the sports and style pages of the Washington Post for more than two decades, face-off nightly on the day's hot topics. Timely interviews with newsmakers frame the debates. Viewers also have an opportunity to ask questions and voice opinions. Veteran ESPN news executive Jim Cohen serves as the show's executive producer. Kornheiser and Wilbon, frequent guests on ESPN's The Sports Reporters, remain with The Post and continue writing columns for the sports pages. Kornheiser also continues as host of Tony Kornheiser Show on ESPN Radio.moreless
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    The Ultimate Fighter

    The Ultimate Fighter

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    Fox Sports 1
    Fighters travel to Las Vegas with one dream, one goal - to become The Ultimate Fighter. Determination, Discipline, Excellence. These young men are accomplished athletes, disciplined in a wide range of mixed martial arts that includes wrestling, boxing, judo, Jiu-Jitsu, karate and kickboxing. Each has the dream, the hope, and the will to fight in an Ultimate Fighting Championship event. Only one fighter from each of the two weight classes will succeed with the challenge. During the show the competitors will take their training to a higher level. They will be brought to Las Vegas where the UFC brand has its National Training Center. For the next seven weeks the competitors will be under the strict supervision of two successful and famous UFC fighters and trainers. The competitors will endure the most grueling training and intense pressure of their lives. They will train together, live together, and fight against each other inside and outside of the storied UFC Octagon. The men are split into two teams and compete against each other within their weight classes to avoid elimination. At the end of each week, one fighter from each team must fight in the Octagon to avoid being eliminated from the competition until only two remain in each weight division. In the end, The Ultimate Fighter will be decided by a competition match -- a head-to-head fight to the finish inside the Octagon. The weak are eliminated... The strong will survive... Only one will be left standing from each weight class... The Ultimate Fightermoreless
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    Baseball Tonight

    Baseball Tonight

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    ESPN
    Baseball Tonight airs nightly throughout the baseball season, giving game highlights, expert analysis, and commentary on the day's events in Major League Baseball. Featured segments include Out of the Box, Web Gems, and Touch 'Em All. Presented in HDTV on ESPNHDmoreless
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    Endurance

    Endurance

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    Discovery Channel Kids (ended 2008)
    The premise of Endurance is simple: 20 teens will be dropped off in an exotic location, and will compete against eachother in both physical and mental challenges, with hopes of staying in the game. In the end, only one teen team will be left standing, and will take home the grand prize. In the first season, 20 teens competed in the Pacific Islands. During season 2, 20 new teens (and 2 returning competitors from season 1) faced off in Baja, Mexico. Season 3 brought the competition to Hawaii, and Season 4 went inland to the Tehachapi mountains. Season 5 soared to new heights in "High Sierras". Season 6 "Fiji" is now airing on the Discovery Kids network. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Broadcast History: October 5, 2002 - April 8, 2006: Saturday morning NBC (time varied regionally) October 14, 2006 - Present: Saturday, 8:30 (EST) Discovery Kids ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Episode List uses the first time the particular episode was aired on any network. For episodes 1-1 through 4-13 this premiere was on NBC on Saturday mornings. Episodes 4-14 and 4-15 premiered on Saturday night on Discovery Kids and were aired later on NBC. Starting with episode 5-1, the shows premiere Saturday night on Discovery Kids and do not air on NBC at all. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Endurance" At a Glance "Endurance": Blue Team (Jonna and Aaron) Win "Endurance II": Brown Team (Jenna and Max) Win "Endurance III: Hawaii": Gray Team (Lindi and Chris) Win "Endurance IV: Tehachapi": Red Team (Franke and Erika) Win "Endurance V: High Sierras": Green Team (Alex and Cealy) Win "Endurance VI: Fiji": Blue Team (Ben and Jordyn) Winmoreless
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    Slam Dunk

    Slam Dunk

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    Toei Animation (ended 1996)
    Sakuragi Hanamichi is a high school freshman who was dumped by 50 girls in his junior high. When he entered the Shohoku high school, he joins the basketball team to get close to the team captain's sister, Akagi Haruko. Thus, he begins his trial of learning to play basketball from the ground up and how to get along with the rest of his teammates.moreless
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    WWE Monday Night RAW

    WWE Monday Night RAW

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    USA
    Since 1993 WWE Monday Night Raw has been the dominant weekly wrestling show on cable television. Since 2016 Raw features a unique roster of superstars, compared to its Tuesday night counterpart Smackdown Live.

    Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar Intercontinental Champion: The Miz Raw Women's Champion: Alexa Bliss Raw Tag Team Champions: Cesaro and Sheamusmoreless
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    WWE Pay-Per-View

    WWE Pay-Per-View

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    Every Wrestlemania, Every Summerslam, Every Survivor Series, Every Royal Rumble, and BEYOND, can be found on this guide.
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    WWE SmackDown

    WWE SmackDown

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    USA
    The "Blue Brand" now airs live every Tuesday at 8 PM on USA Network. Shane McMahon is the commissioner andPaige is the general manager.

    WWE Champion: AJ United States Champion: Jinder Mahal SmackDown Women's Champion: Carmella SmackDown Tag Team Champions: "The Bludgeon Brothers" (Harper and Rowan)moreless
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    Monday Night Football

    Monday Night Football

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    ESPN
    "Monday Night Football really got on the air because of Pete Rozelle," recalls former producer Don Ohlmeyer. Indeed, it was Rozelle's reputation for public relations and marketing that created a prime-time venue for the National Football League. The prototypes for Monday Night Football were those annual Monday night games staged from 1966 to 1969 inclusive on CBS. St. Louis hosted three of them, and it seemed natural for the NFL to make Monday night their regular turf. The only trouble was, Rozelle couldn't get a network to agree.
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    CBS did not want to lose Gunsmoke. NBC had Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, TV's highest-rated show the past two years. Even ABC, floundering in third place in the ratings, was unsure. Rozelle then threatened to put the Monday night package in syndication via the Hughes Television Service. So ABC bought in. NFL owners themselves weren't keen on Monday Night Football. Some thought the gates would be dormant. But then-Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, who knew a thing or two about marketing himself, agreed to host the first MNF game. He asked that the Browns face the Jets to maximize ABC's first-night audience. The result was a smashing success.
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    For 36 years, Monday Night Football would air on ABC. Don Meredith and Howard Cosell were, along with Keith Jackson, part of the original team that started in 1970. After Jackson returned full-time to ABC's college football broadcasts, the network hired Frank Gifford away from CBS. From there, Monday Night Football began its most memorable years. It got ratings thanks to the wide appeal that Cosell, Meredith, and Gifford collectively garnered. Except for a shift in the mid-70s that sent Meredith briefly to another network, ABC played a strong football card for twelve years.
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    The separate departures of Meredith and Cosell left the Monday Night Football booth in a shaky transition period during the mid-80s. Though they sometimes got it right on the field, with the high-water mark being Miami's romping of the eventual Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears in 1985, it was plain that the booth could not work with three ex-players (what Howard Cosell had labeled "jockocracy"). The likes of Fred Williamson, O.J. Simpson, and Joe Namath were quickly disposed. The second-most-stable team was assembled in 1986, when veteran ABC sportscaster Al Michaels joined Gifford. Rounding out the booth was future Hall of Fame offensive lineman Dan Dierdorf. They would share more than a decade of prime time football coverage, including three Super Bowls.
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    For all its considerable charm and novelty, one thing Monday Night Football did not achieve was a proper farewell to Frank Gifford. After the 1997 season, the booth welcomed the recently-retired Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. Gifford was cramped in a studio to introduce pregame and halftime stories for the 1998 season. Neither change worked, as Gifford was out of ABC after one year and Boomer Esiason agreed to a contract settlement in 2000. The next two years were the least successful. Joining Al Michaels was ABC college football analyst Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller. Even though their first season had an abundance of nail-biters (witness the Jets' Midnight Miracle over the Dolphins), the new recruits were unable to get in focus. Miller in particular was over-rehearsed in the hours leading up to a broadcast. Both he and Fouts were out of the booth after January 7, 2002.
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    ABC needed a lift for the show, and thought they had it when John Madden (who had recanted on his offer to join ABC in 1994) came over from another network. Monday Night Football went from planes to buses for the next four years. Again, though, the players were meant to be bigger stars than Madden or Michaels. Sometimes it showed, such as the Colts' stunning comeback over the defending World Champion Buccaneers in 2003. But in all honesty, the hundred forces that had emerged after 1970 to compete with Monday Night Football, were collectively getting the better of ABC. Thus, on April 18, 2005, a new eight-year contract sent Monday Night Football to ABC's adopted sister network, ESPN.moreless
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    Nitro Circus

    Nitro Circus

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    MTV - Music Television
    Travis Pastrana is an experienced motocross racer. He is famous for the following quote: 'I've got the willingness and stupidity to try anything. If I think it's even remotely possible, I'll do it.' Along with his less experienced friends, Travis tries insane stunts on various vehicles and in various terrains, often attempting jumps and flips over the 'foam pit' in his backyard or crazy stunts involving the slip'n'slide cut into the hill behind his house.moreless
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    Human Weapon

    Human Weapon

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    The History Channel
    Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff set off around the globe in search of the birthplaces of different forms of martial arts and combat styles. Chambers is a mixed-martial artist and professional fighter, while Duff is a former professional football player and wrestler. The two hosts will go through extreme exercises and challenges in preparation for a battle against a professional fighting master in the arts of Karate, Muay Thai, Judo, Eskrima stick fighting, America’s MMA (mixed-martial arts), and Kung-Fu among others.moreless
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    NHL on NHL Network

    NHL on NHL Network

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    NHL - National Hockey League
    NHL Network has been providing a home for hockey fans for years and now it will air a full slate of 78 games featuring the best teams, the biggest names and the most intense rivalries, beginning on October 9, 2010.moreless
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    Fight Quest

    Fight Quest

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    Discovery Channel
    Join hosts Doug Anderson and Jimmy Smith as they travel the globe in search of a variety of fighting challenges. The pair immerse themselves in the local culture as they prepare to face off against a local in a no-holds-barred battle. Locations include the Philippines, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico City, Thailand, Israel, Brazil and India. Jimmy Smith, an LA-based mixed martial arts fighter and Doug Anderson, an Iraqi War veteran, employ their respective martial arts backgrounds as they seek to win each competition.moreless
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    Make It or Break It

    Make It or Break It

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    ABC Family (ended 2012)
    Make It or Break It is an ABC Family drama series that focuses on the lives of teen Olympic gymnastic hopefuls in training for the big event. The show, set in the world of competitive gymnastics, follows a group of gymnasts training at the top-notch Rocky Mountain Gymnastic Training Center, known as The Rock. While their individual skills make each of the four girls serious contenders at the Olympics, the group is continuously fraught with internal conflict that threatens to distract them from their goal. With the help of their tough but compassionate coach, Sasha Beloff, the gymnasts must overcome the drama and arguments to succeed. The cast includes Chelsea Hobbs as newcomer Emily Kmetko, Ayla Kell as Payson Keeler, Josie Loren as Kaylie Cruz, and Cassie Scerbo as Lauren Tanner. The Rock's manager, Summer, is played by Candace Cameron Bure. Rosa Blasi stars as Kaylie Cruz's mother Ronnie, a one-hit wonder from the 1980s, and Peri Gilpin from Frasier stars as Payson's mother, Kim Keeler.moreless
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    Around The Horn

    Around The Horn

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    ESPN
    Welcome to "the show that scores the argument." Around the Horn featureshost Tony Reali and four reporters from across the country debate the hottest issues of the day with points awarded for good arguments. In this sport of competitive banter, the winner gets 30 uninterrupted seconds to discuss the topic of their choice. Tony Reali has hosted since February 2004, after original moderator Max Kellerman left the program. Current regular panelists include Bill Plaschke and J.A. Adande from Los Angeles, Woody Paige from Denver, Tim Cowlishaw from Dallas, Bomani Jones from Raleigh, Kevin Blackistone from Washington D.C., and Bob Ryan and Jackie MacMullan from Boston, with occasional appearances from Gene Wojchiechowski from Chicago, Jemele Hill from Orlando, and Michael Smith from Boston. The show consists of four rounds of discussion during which the panelists are given points by the host. After the second and third rounds, the lowest scoring panelist is eliminated. The winning panelist of the forth round, the showdown, wins 30 seconds at the end of the show to talk about any topicof their chocie. The First Word - Discusses the relevant sports headlines of the day. Buy or Sell - Where the columnists are asked to buy or sell a certain sports concept that is in the news. Lightning Round - The three remaining panelists discuss more sports topics in speed rounds. Out of Bounds (Rare)- The remaining three columnists discuss American popular culture or other sports related stories. Showdown - The final two columnists get 15 seconds each on three sports related topics. The winner wins 30 seconds to themself.moreless
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    WCW Monday Nitro

    WCW Monday Nitro

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    TNT (ended 2001)
    WCW Monday Nitro was the weekly show designed by Eric Bischoff to compete against Vince McMahon's WWF Monday Night Raw. The show began broadcasting on TNT in September, 1995. WCW Monday Nitro's ratings really exploded in 1997 when Goldberg, The Flock, and nWo were introduced. After a huge fall in the ratings, WCW Monday Nitro was cancelled by AOL/Time Warner in March of 2001 by Head of Programming Jamie Kellner, and parts of WCW were subsequently bought by Vincent K. McMahon's World Wrestling Federation Entertainment (World Wrestling Entertainment). Despite plans of a WWE Entertainment version of "WCW Monday Nitro" returning on a different channel, and possibly, on a different day, it never did. Did you Know ... That Nitro went on to lead in the ratings for an amazing 80+ weeks. That Lex Luger debuted on the first episode on WCW Monday Nitro. That the nWo storylines are argued by many as one of the best ever in professional wrestling history.Related Programs - WCW Pay-Per View - WCW Thunder - WCW Saturday Night - WCW WorldWide - WCW Main Event - WCW Clash Of The ChampionsBuy The DVD/VHS of the "WWF/WCW Monday Night Wars" courtesy of Amazon.com When the WWE bought out WCW, many of the WCW's wrestlers made a name for themselves on WWE programming. Here is a list containing links to the WWE.com profiles of the current WWE superstars that wrestled on WCW Monday Nitro. Big Show Bill DeMott Billy Kidman Booker T Chavo Guerrero Chris Benoit Chris Jericho Eddie Guerrero Eric Bischoff Eugene Mark Jindrak Rey Mysterio Ric Flair Shannon Moore The Hurricane William Regal The last WCW Champions WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Chris Jericho by defeating The Rock at WWF Vengenace on the 9th December 2001. With the Victory, the WCW World Title and the WWF Title were unified. WCW Television Championship: Hacksaw Jim Duggan found the title in a garbage bin and started defending it throughout the year of 2000, defeating people such as Robert Gibson. WCW United States Champion: Edge by defeating Test on RAW 12th November 2001. The title was then unified with the WWF Intercontinental Championship. WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Tajiri defeated Billy Kidman on RAW (22/10/2001), and the title unified with the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship, becoming the "WWF Cruiserweight Championship." WCW Hardcore Championship: Meng defeated Terry Funk on the 14th January 2001, and Meng turned up at the WWF Royal Rumble shortly after winning the title, it was vacated. WCW Tag Team Championship: The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) defeated the Hardy Boyz at WWF Surivior Series 2001, and the titles unified with the WWF Tag Team Championship.moreless
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    Lights Out

    Lights Out

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    FX (ended 2011)
    An FX drama project sees a former boxing champion struggling with the beginning of dementia take a job as a collector. The project is penned by feature film writer of The Bucket List Justin Zackham.moreless
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