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    Expedition Impossible

    Expedition Impossible

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    ABC (ended 2011)
    Teams of three will work together to solve problems while going on some of the most amazing, crazy and mind-bending adventures of their lives. Every week a new stage of the expedition is announced. After 10 expeditions have been revealed, one team will claim the victory!moreless
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    Outside the Lines

    Outside the Lines

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    ESPN2
    Wake up with ESPN's Sunday morning newsmagazine show that covers all things sports-related. Boy Ley and Jeremy Schaap host various guests on this diverse program.
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    NBA on ESPN

    NBA on ESPN

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    ESPN
    During the 1982-1983 season ESPN began airing games from the National Basketball Association. ESPN was the second cable partner for the NBA, after USA Network started airing games in 1979. The initial run lasted just two seasons. In 2003 the NBA returned to ESPN, and is still on the channel today. The network often airs doubleheaders on Wednesdays and Fridays, along with occasional games on Tuesdays and Sundays.moreless
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    Dream Car Garage

    Dream Car Garage

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    Speed TV
    Dream Car Garage is a weekly Canadian television show that currently airs on Sun TV. Filmed at Legendary Motorcar Company, which is owned by host Peter Klutt, the series is known for its lighthearted approach to showing every man the cars he would love to have in his garage. Each episode offers a glimpse at two different dream cars, one modern and one vintage. The first episode of the 2010 season opened with a 1963 Shelby King Cobra, which was one of the hosts' favorite project cars, and a 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport, a sleek and stylish sport car with 288 horse power. Other episodes have included everything from a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing to a 2011 Nissan 370Z roadster. The series is co-hosted by television personality Michelle Jobin. Aside from the two feature vehicles, the show is segmented with driving tips by NASCAR legend Ron Fellows and interviews with car collectors and enthusiasts. Dream Car Garage is a must see for the car lover in all of us!moreless
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    SVP & Russillo

    SVP & Russillo

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    ESPN
    SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt hosts a new radio show that will air in the afternoon on ESPN. A plethora of analysts, players and coaches will stop by daily to talk about the latest happenings in the world of sports.moreless
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    Sunday Night Heat

    Sunday Night Heat

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    USA (ended 2008)
    WWE Sunday Night Heat was created in high hopes to be a follow up major network show on WWE's broadcasting. With RAW, this show, WWF Superstars, and Shotgun Saturday Night, these were the only shows when Sunday Night Heat started. Originally, major stars such as Triple H, Mick Foley and Steve Austin were featured. In what began in 1998, Sunday Night Heat was a live show on Sunday Nights and angles would routinely be continued on Heat. Since the introduction of WWE SmackDown, Sunday Night Heat continues the storylines and drama's that originated on WWE Raw. You can catch local indy talent taking on some of the less used, but still valuable superstars from WWE Raw. The show was renamed to WWE Heat and then removed from the airwaves on America TV. However the WWE continue to perform the show and web stream it to the US. Heat aired a while longer in the UK. But it's last show was on June 1, 2008.moreless
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    Sunday Night Football

    Sunday Night Football

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    NBC
    Welcome sports fans, to a new era in televised football. Contracts are up, NBC is trying to replace the legendary MNF with a sharp-looking new SNF and things will not be the way they were before. NBC will be fielding a bus of an analyst (Jerome Bettis), the insightful ex-wide receiver Cris Collinsworth and the imperturbable Bob Costas. It might also be worth mentioning that they will be featuring the tried and true, heavy-hitting commentating power of Al Michaels and John Madden. Throw in the power, speed and strength of the NFL's top teams and Sundays should prove to be an exciting night of big hits, hard falls, and spectacular football.moreless
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    Countdown to UFC

    Countdown to UFC

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    Fox Sports 1
    UFC Countdown is an hour long special that airs monthly on the Tuesday before a UFC PPV match. UFC President Dana White, commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan, the fighters themselves and many other personalities are interviewed giving their predictions for the upcoming event.moreless
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    Dear Boys

    Dear Boys

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    Animax Entertainment (ended 2003)
    The team is in trouble, as there are not enough players to play a game. Additionally, the coach has left after a conflict with Fujiwara. However, Aikawa transfers to Mizuho and, through his enthusiasm and sheer love of the game, infuses the few remaining members with a sense of purpose. Despite the fact that there are only five of them (i.e., they have no substitutes), they manage to get the coach of the girls' team to coach them, as well. At first, she seems very strict, but later reveals her attachment to her "Dear Boys." Together, they do their best to make their dreams come true.moreless
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    ESPN College Football

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    ESPN
    ESPN has the most complete slate of college football games in television history. Over 200 games will air during the regular season as well as numerous bowl games. The network began covering college football in 1982.moreless
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    Unique Whips

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    Speed TV
    Unique Whips takes viewers behind the scenes at Unique Autosport, a Long Island auto shop that specializes in celebrity car customizations. Shop owner Will Castro works with A-list clients including entertainers Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Busta Rhymes; and sports stars Carmelo Anthony, Yao Ming, and Latrell Spreewell.moreless
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    101 Ways to Leave a Game Show

    101 Ways to Leave a Game Show

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    ABC
    Contestants will answer multiple choice questions to win a $50,000 cash prize. When the contestants are eliminated they must face a humorous exit from the show, such as being strapped to the wing of a biplane or shot out of a cannon.moreless
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    NBC Sports Talk

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    NBC Sports
    NBC Sports Talk looks at all of the latest news. Russ Thaler and Erik Kuselias anchor the coverage.
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    WWE Saturday Morning Slam

    WWE Saturday Morning Slam

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    The CW (ended 2013)
    WWE Saturday Morning Slam, part of the Vortex lineup, features an original match and superstar profile every episode.
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    The AFL Footy Show

    The AFL Footy Show

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    The Nine Network
    The AFL Footy Show serves both as a preview panel show for each round of the Australian Football League Premiership season, and as a variety/entertainment program. The show has four main stars: former footballer Garry Lyon; radio/television personality James Brayshaw (both of whom replace former host Eddie McGuire, see below); 300 game Geelong legend, the often-controversial John 'Sam' Newman; and comedian Trevor Marmalade, who sits 'behind the bar' and makes humourous observations. Each week the show also includes a panel of three AFL personalities. This could include notable media/commentary stars (and often retired players) such as Dermott Brereton and Billy Brownless, and often current players, with regulars including James Hird, Shane Crawford, Brendan Fevola, Nathan Brown, Nathan Buckley, and Jason Akermanis, as well as a whole host more. Aside from discussing news and controversies in the immediate past weekend of football, the show features several variety segments. In 2005 these included: Sam's Mailbag: Sam reads viewer letters and generally abuses the authors for their stupidity. Street Talk: Sam takes to the streets for some vox pops and interviews random members of the public; although these segments begin with a topic of discussion, Sam usually finds "not-quite-with-it" pedestrians who quickly get off topic. Almost Football Legends: Trevor airs and commentates three videos of quality marks or goals, or funny errors from suburban football. Bullet and Gunn: Inane spoof of Starsky and Hutch starring Shane Crawford and Gary Lyon. Screamers: Pop Idol-style competition pitting two people linked to an AFL club against each other - the final prize for the player and club is valued higher than the prize money for winning the AFL Premiership. For its first twelve years the show had been hosted by Channel Nine presenter and Collingwood President Eddie McGuire. However in February 2006 it was announed that McGuire had been appointed to CEO of the Nine Network. Taking this position prevented him from continuing his on-screen roles, which has led to his replacement by Lyon and Brayshaw this season.moreless
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    NBA Tonight

    NBA Tonight

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    ESPN
    NBA Tonight is the new late night studio show on ESPN covering all of the latest news in the world of basketball. Highlights will be shown, analysis will be provided and interviews with the night's top performers will also be on the half hour program.moreless
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    The Rich Eisen Podcast

    The Rich Eisen Podcast

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    NFL - National Football League
    The Rich Eisen Podcast began as an interview show streaming on NFL.com. The popularity brought it to NFL Network on television.
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    Quick Pitch

    Quick Pitch

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    MLB
    Quick Pitch is the MLB Network series that brings you all the highlights from the day in baseball, in 60 minutes. Major League Baseball is the organization that operates the National League and American League baseball leagues, in a join organizational structure that began development in 1901. In 2000 the leagues became one legally, with the commissioner's office running all of MLB. The league is the premiere baseball league in North America, with 29 teams in the United States and one in Canada. In 2009 they launched MLB Network, a specialty cable channel dedicated to professional baseball. The network features live game coverage of regular season games, international games, and spring training, as well as daily shows like MLB Tonight, Hot Stove, and Quick Pitch. Quick Pitch brings you the days events in baseball, with 60 minutes of highlights from the day. Get your baseball fix quickly and easily with the guys on MLB Network's Quick Pitch.moreless
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    SlamBall

    SlamBall

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    SlamBall.net (ended 2004)
    When SlamBall made its groundbreaking debut last summer on The New TNN, the sports world got its first glimpse of the future; a non-stop, live-action human video game that broke all the rules of traditional sport and defined a new generation.

    But for the game's creator, 28 year old Mason Gordon, it was much more. For Gordon, SlamBall's debut was the transfiguration of a vision that had been embedded in his imagination for years, to a physical reality that the rest of the world could finally see and understand.

    In his youth, he could visualize it perfectly. In a recurring dream, it would happen over and over again. A guy goes up in the air. Another guy comes up after him. CRASH. There is a huge collision in the air. One guy takes control and pushes his opponent out of the way. Dream over. Every time he had the dream, it was the same thing. There was always a mid-air collision, but it was a different guy, a different uniform and a different move.

    Despite the familiar dreams, Gordon didn't think about acting on this imagery until many years later. Like a growing number of sports fans, his interest in traditional sports was increasingly influenced by the creativity and intensity of action sports like skateboarding, bmx and motocross.

    For Gordon, action sports had so much to offer the traditional sports world: non-stop action, riveting highlights, and most of all, fearless athletes. Yet, as a traditional athlete himself, he started to wonder about combining the best of both worlds. What would you get if you took the athletic components of football, basketball, hockey and gymnastics, and mixed them together with the insanity of action sports?

    He went back to the dreams. Once he made the connection between his new idea and the imagery of the mid-air confrontations he had seen thousands of times in his sleep, his confidence was unshakable. He knew it could be done. The question was, who else would ever believe it?

    Gordon took it to the one person who might, a visionary producer/director, Mike Tollin, principal of Tollin/Robbins Productions where Gordon had once worked as an intern. Says Gordon, "I approached Mike and told him I'd never bother him again, but that I just had this one idea that I wanted him to look at."

    Gordon spent the next six months trying to convince Tollin to help him make SlamBall a reality. Tollin recognized the potential of the idea, and after much thought, had the brainstorm that would be the project's jump off.

    Tollin did not see SlamBall as fitting into the traditional professional sports model. He didn't think it needed to develop in obscurity for several years at the grassroots level, build up a gradual fan base, and then hopefully find its way to television, as other, more established sports were struggling to at the time. If SlamBall was to be the future of pro sports, as Gordon intended, it would create it's own model: first put the games on TV, generate a mass audience, create a demand, and then back it into a more traditional league model.

    In what Gordon describes as the pairing of his extreme sports mentality and Tollin's brilliant understanding of traditional sports dynamics, a working relationship was solidified. Together, they set out to build the first SlamBall half-court.

    Constructed from spare parts: rusty gymnastics springs, second hand plywood and one trampoline, it wasn't pretty, but it would work. Next Gordon needed players. Combing the inner city parks, gyms, and rec. centers, he looked for what he calls prototype SlamBall players, vastly superior athletes who were creative, tough, and would play through pain.

    "You have to be tough as aluminium siding to play this game," says Gordon, "and your heart has to be bigger than your entire chest. You have to possess boundless belief in yourself and your ability. If you don't have that, you can't come close to playing SlamBall at this level."

    After looking at hundreds of players, he found his army, the five guys who would join with Gordon to make up SlamBall's Original Six: Jeff Sheridan, Sean Jackson, Michael Goldman, Dave Redmond and James Willis. Gordon chose to play and develop the game from the inside as a player. Gordon remembers, "We could only afford five players, so I had to be this sixth." In no time, all of them were seriously hooked. For three weeks straight they played 15 hours a day, going home completely beat down, and then coming back for more the next day.

    "It was the most fun I'd ever had in my life. It was crazy," remembers Gordon. "Here were these five guys who initially thought I was a lunatic, who were giving up their bodies and playing a really rough game and loving every minute of it."

    After testing the half court game, the group relocated to a downtown Los Angeles youth center where the first full court was built. With the addition of more players (including current SlamBall sensations Dion Mays, Stan "Shakes" Fletcher and Rob Wilson), the game soared to incredible new heights, literally. On the new court, Gordon added another trampoline at each basket. Gordon's recurring dreams would now be realized in flesh and blood, with spectacular mid-air collisions becoming one of the sport's main staples.

    As word of mouth traveled and local crowds started to get bigger, Gordon and Tollin brought in TRP's production partner Telepictures/Warner Bros to show them the local phenomenon that was building. What they saw was a fully developed underground sport that captured the core attributes of the videogame generation, a new combination of wild athleticism and amazing creativity, never seen before. "Simply put," says Gordon, "they went bananas."

    A 90-second highlight tape went to Albie Hecht, The New TNN's President. After one meeting with Tollin and Gordon, Hecht was sold. SlamBall would debut in the summer of 2002 as part of the network's "Slammin' Saturday Night" line up.

    "From that point on, it was like skiing downhill atone hundred miles an hour," says Gordon. "We had six months to find enough athletes for six teams, hire quality coaches and teach them all the game from scratch."

    Immediately, the group launched a series of radio campaigns to get the word out to potential athletes, and began reaching out to qualified coaches from around the country. Out of 400 coaching applications, the pool was narrowed down to 40 who were evaluated over a four-day clinic based on their understanding of the game and ability to formulate basic strategies.

    Surprisingly to Tollin and Gordon, many of the top tier basketball coaches could not get their heads around SlamBall. It was the younger candidates who better understood SlamBall's youthful energy, and had the kind of passion needed to guide it. Some candidates in their early twenties, like Hernando Planells, Jr. and Brendan Kirsch were awarded head coaching positions and encouraged to innovate.

    The search for players was equally as challenging. Three months and hundreds of athletes later, the first-ever SlamBall draft took place, producing six teams of eight players each. With players and personnel in place, Gordon and his team faced their biggest challenge of the sport's first season.

    "In six weeks," he says, "we had to teach a group of players a brand new skill set and get them to where they could put a professional quality sports product on the floor. With our original players already at a certain level, we had to get the rest of the guys caught up. By this time, the addition of two more trampolines on each side made the SlamBall court complete.

    Knowing the critical role credibility would play in establishing SlamBall's legitimacy, Tollin, a Philadelphia native, reached out to hometown businessman, Pat Croce, former President of the Philadelphia 76ers and one of the most successful sports entrepreneurs ever.

    Three days after seeing the game live and up-close, Croce signed on as a SlamBall partner and became the game's premier spokesperson, generating a PR frenzy no fledgling sport could even hope to achieve. With little marketing and promotion behind the initial campaign , Croce's involvement came at a critical time and soon the mainstream media; including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine and The Jay Leno Show were all chasing the SlamBall story.

    SlamBall made its national television debut on August 3, 2002, as a six-episode summer series and delivered the young and diverse audience TNN was looking for. Ratings were consistent throughout five consecutive re-run cycles as tremendous word of mouth brought new viewers to the game each week.

    "The greatest thing in the world for me," says Gordon, "was seeing glimpses of the sport I wanted SlamBall to be. When players would work out some kind of intricate pass or misdirection of the stopper, I saw a new type of instinctive strategy. To me, that's what was so cool about the first season."

    By December of 2002, SlamBall got the green light for Season Two. Seeing the potential for big ratings, the network more than doubled the number of SlamBall episodes, scheduling a 13-week series for the new season.

    With increased exposure, Gordon knows the game will be scrutinized more closely as critics try to decide whether SlamBall is, in fact, a "real" sport. "I want people to look at us," he says, "because the closer they look, the more they'll realize that these players are tremendous athletes who are playing their hearts out in a game that's so exciting, creative and dynamic."

    This year, the league added two new teams, the Riders and Bandits, and took tryouts national, something Gordon believes will raise the level of play exponentially, "What people don't understand is that we're just scratching the surface of the level of creativity and athleticism you're going to see in this game for years to come"

    "One day, there is going to be a guy out there who will have an interdisciplinary skill set so far beyond anything we've ever seen before, that no one will be able to discount his ability."

    As for SlamBall's future and the possibility of growing the sport, Gordon says it all depends on the fans. "If the fans want to see it, it's going to happen," he says, "but people can trust that everyone involved in SlamBall is going 24-7 on the accelerator to get it there."moreless
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    Morning Drive

    Morning Drive

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    The Golf Channel
    Every weekday morning, Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams talk sports, politics and entertainment while Holly Sonders gives updates.
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