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    Pitch

    Pitch

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    FOX
    Ginny Baker is about to make history as the first woman to play on a major league baseball team. Will the guys accept her?
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    SportsNation

    SportsNation

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    ESPN2
    Michelle Beadle, Marcellus Wiley, and Max Kellerman host the show which features a more light-hearted look at the day in sports. Previous co-hosts include: Colin Cowherd and Charissa Thompson.
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    Monday Night Football

    Monday Night Football

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    "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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    Pardon the Interruption

    Pardon the Interruption

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    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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    Soccer AM

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    Welcome to the Soccer AM guide at TV.com. Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain present the weekly collection of football, comedy, phone-ins and chat, featuring the Crossbar Challenge, Third Eye, and the week's chosen supporters in the Luther Blissett Stand. The award winning show will soon be back on our screens and another brilliant series is sure to arise, bringing us more hilarious footage and celebrity guests.

    The show is 3 hours long and started at 9am on a Saturday morning on SKY SPORTS 1, they visit football stadiums before matches. They interview top players and other celebrities such as boxing champion Ricky Hatton, and they do jokes and skits about everything and anything. Oh and they show GOALS GOALS AND GOALS!

    It includes sexy women who model a T-shirt with The Wheatsheaf on it. Other T-shirts that have appeared or do appear on the show are I HATE CARL T-shirt, Different Gravy, I Love Gravy, I Love DVDs etc etc. all these things will seem very strange to someone who has never seen the show, but they are very popular in the shop to those who know! The show is hugely popular; it even got the word "bouncebackability" into the dictionary! I'm not lying check it!moreless
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    Feherty

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    The Golf Channel
    Former professional golfer and current analyst for the sport, David Feherty, hosts this new talk show. Guests on the show will include current players, celebrities and anyone with a love of golf.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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    NFL Live

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    NFL Live is a weekday hour-long show that talks about the latest news, trades, injuries and rumors in football. Trey Wingo has hosted the show from the beginning with former players and coaches rounding out the show as analysts.moreless
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    WWE NXT

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    This show will be a hybrid of pro wrestling and reality TV. It will feature young talent from WWE's developmental system with veterans appearing on the show to teach them what they know and trying to earn a spot on the WWE main roster.moreless
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    The League

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    FXX
    Fantasy Football is at the core of The League, a comedy that explores how the online sports obsession affects marriages, friendships, families, and completely shuts down Sundays. The comedy will be partially improvised, with the team from Curb Your Enthusiasm behind it. The show begins its fourth season in October on FX.moreless
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    Thursday Night Football

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    In addition to the traditional Sunday and Monday games, this 8-part package features football games from early November to December on Thursday nights. Beginning with the 2012 season, the Network aired 13 Thursday night games and beginning in 2014, the telecasts were aired jointly by the NFL Network and CBS.moreless
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    Wimbledon

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    Held annually in mid-summer, Wimbledon is the oldest major tennis championships and the most prestigious tennis event in the world.
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    WCW WorldWide

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    (ended 2001)
    WCW WorldWide was a weekly recap show that would also show exclusive matches. However, as the years went on, the bigger names stopped appearing as often in matches.
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    MMA Uncensored Live

    MMA Uncensored Live

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    Spike TV (ended 2012)
    MMA Uncensored is an uncensored view into the world of mixed martial arts. This show features weekly guests, unbiased views, and incorporates social media.
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    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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    FIFA World Cup

    FIFA World Cup

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    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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    College Football Live

    College Football Live

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    College Football Live is a daily studio show dedicated to covering the latest news, rumors and scores from college football. Rece Davis has hosted the show since its inception in 2007 along with help from analysts Mark May and Lou Holtz.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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    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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    30 for 30

    30 for 30

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    This series will feature 30 documentaries over several months geared towards showcasing a variety of sports topics that have occurred in the past three decades. They will feature celebrity guests and acclaimed documentary filmmakers.moreless
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