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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: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollinsmoreless
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    WWE SmackDown

    WWE SmackDown

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

    WWE Champion: Jinder Mahal United States Champion: Baron Corbin SmackDown Women's Champion: Natalya SmackDown Tag Team Champions: "The Usos" (Jimmy and Jey Uso)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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    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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    The Game

    The Game

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    The Game stars Tia Mowry as Melanie Barnett, a young, intelligent medical student, who is also the girlfriend of an eager rookie football player, Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall). Melanie decides to pass on her chance at attending Johns Hopkins Medical School to be with Derwin after he is recently chosen to play for the San Diego Sabres as the new third-string wide receiver. As Melanie tries to adjust to her new lifestyle, she meets Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), single mother and manager of Malik Wright (Hosea Chanzes) who is a charming star quarterback for the San Diego Sabres and Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel), the satisfying wife of Jason Pitts (Coby Bell) who is a thrifty star player for the San Diego Sabres. With the help of Tasha and Kelly, Melanie learns how the game is played amongst the women behind the athletes. The Game originally aired on the CW before BET Networks picked it up in 2010.moreless
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    SportsCenter

    SportsCenter

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    ESPN
    Welcome to the SportsCenter guide on TV.com. SportsCenter debuted September 7, 1979 to launch ESPN. It shows highlights of sporting events from around the United States everyday. "This is SportsCenter!" "Booyah!" "Back, Back, Back, Back, Gone!" "All The Way - Touchdown!" are some popular catch phrases from the cast at ESPN and SportsCenter. SportsCenter airs weeknights at 9AM, 12 PM, 6PM, 11 PM and 1 AM ET on ESPN. (Presented in HDTV on ESPNHD)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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    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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    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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    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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    The Prince Of Tennis

    The Prince Of Tennis

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    Twelve-year-old Ryoma Echizen joins the Seishun Gakuen Middle School tennis team, known for being one of the most competitive teams in Japan. Freshmen rarely have a chance to actually play during their first year, but Ryoma's cool confidence, combined with a deadly, un-returnable "twist serve," gain him a coveted starting spot. With rigorous and extremely intense practices, the upperclassmen of the team expect the very best from themselves, and expect even more from the new members of the team. He's made the cut but can he survive the intense competition? Join Ryoma and other first year players, as they train hard, make friends, and try to find a place for themselves on the team. Ryoma's cute but chronically shy classmate, Sakuno Ryuzaki, also has problems of her own as she hopes he will notice her. Ryoma Echizen is The Prince of Tennis. He may be ready for the Seishun Gakuen tennis team, but are they ready for him?

    The exciting backdrop of high school tennis serves as the setting for the sports drama and coming-of-age story, The Prince of Tennis, or Tennis no Ōjisama (テニスの王子様). From creator Takeshi Konomi, the manga and anime depict the life and adventures of Ryoma Echizen, both on the court and off of it. The series has becomes one of the most popular manga and anime titles to hit Japan. In Japan, the manga is published in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump (and is still ongoing), and in North America (and in English), it is published by VIZ Media as a Shonen Jump graphic novel series.

    The anime aired its final episode in 2005 on TV Tokyo in Japan. On this side of the hemisphere, The Prince of Tennis anime series is slated to air on Cartoon Network's new online broadband service called Toonami Jetstream on July 17 2006.

    General Note on Airdates: The Prince of Tennis airs on Cartoon Network and Viz's broadband service, Toonami Jetstream and on Toonami. Even though TV.com has broadband shows in its database, the airdates and the titles for each episode are that of it's U.S. regular Toonami airing. The Japanese titles and airdates, and the Jetstream airdates can be found in their respective episodes ONLY when dub info (titles and airdates) have been revealed.

    Popularity of the Franchise: The series is extremely popular in Japan. In addition to the manga and anime, there is a half-hour weekly radio show, over 100 music CDs and Drama CDs, several games, an animated movie and a live action movie, a five episode OVA, a number of live-action musicals, and much, much more.

    Seasons: Season 1: Episodes 1-26 - Intraschool Ranking Arc I (1-10), Versus Fudomine Arc (11-21), Seigaku Training (22-26) Season 2: Episodes 27-52 – Versus St Rudolph Arc (27-26), Training Filler Arc (37-40), Versus Yamabuki Arc (41-48), Intraschool Ranking Arc II (49-52) Season 3: Episodes 53-78 – Versus Hyoutei Arc (53-68), Tezuka's Leaving Arc (69-75), Shonan Arc – Part 1 (76-78) Season 4: Season 5: Season 6: Episodes 129-160 - Recreation II Arc (129-135), Junior Selection Camp Arc (136-146), Versus American West Coast Team Arc (147-160) Season 7: Episodes 161-178 - Recreation III Arc (161-165), Intraschool Ranking Arc III (166-176), Start of Nationals Arc (177-178) Season 8: Episodes 179-194 (1-13 + 3 specials) - The Prince of Tennis OVA: The National Tournament (179-191/1-13), New Year's Special 2003 (192), A Day on Survival Mountain (193), New Year's Smash 2005 (194)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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    The League

    The League

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    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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    Dream Team

    Dream Team

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    Sky1 (ended 2007)
    Dream Team follows both the on and off pitch battles of Harchester United Football Club and the drama that follows them on and off the pitch. It follows the lives of the players, management, executives, and their wives and girlfriends as well as the football agents. The 9th season of the show had many ups and downs including murder and cup finals, this was also the season where many characters were introduced because of a tragedy that happened at the end of season 8. Many will be back for the 10th and final season of dream team.moreless
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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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    American Ninja Warrior

    American Ninja Warrior

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    NBC
    Athletes from across America try to conquer an obstacle course. The top ten athletes travel to Japan to compete in Ninja Warrior (the Japanese original). Their main task ahead is to make it to the top of Sasuke, a 150ft tall metal monster obstacle. As of 2009 only 4 people in Ninja Warrior's 12 year historyhave made it to the top.moreless
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    Hellcats

    Hellcats

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    The CW (ended 2011)
    Hellcats is a show about sacrifice and competitive sports. When Marti Perkins (Aly Michalka) loses her scholarship to Lancer University in Memphis, Tennessee, her dreams of college and escaping her alcoholic mother (Gail O'Grady) for a better life as a lawyer could be over before they start. Luckily, Lancer's legendary competitive cheer squad, the Hellcats, needs a replacement for injured flyer Alice Verdura (Heather Hemmens). Marti wins the spot with her revamped teen gymnastics skills and her freestyle dance moves. Along with the spot comes a scholarship, the drama of competition, and required team living quarters with roommate and team captain Savannah Monroe (Ashley Tisdale). With her job at stake, Coach and former Hellcat Vanessa Lodge (Sharon Leal) pins her hopes to win nationals on Marti and the squad. Off the floor, the drama continues among Marti, her close friend Dan Patch (Matt Barr), her new Hellcat partner Lewis Flynn (Robbie Jones), and the rest of the squad.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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    Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory

    Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory

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    MTV - Music Television
    This MTV original is set in "The Fantasy Factory," a 25,000 square foot warehouse in downtown Los Angeles where the professional skateboarder-turned-reality TV star Rob Dyrdek and his friends bring dreams to life.moreless
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    NHL Stanley Cup Finals

    NHL Stanley Cup Finals

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    Hockey Night In Canada has been a national institution in Canada since 1952, when Foster Hewitt's familiar "Hello, Canada!" ushered hockey fans into the era of television. The first NHL game to be televised on Canadian Broadcasting Company was a game in Montreal on Oct. 11, 1952 and the first Finals in 1953, which were broadcast in French on CBC Radio-Canada only in Quebec, perhaps only in the Montreal area. Rene Lecavalier was the play-by-play man and only the three games in Montreal were televised. English language telecasts began in 1954 with Danny Gallivan at the microphone. Danny was followed by Bill Hewitt and Bob Cole were the primary play-by-play announcers through the 2008 Finals. Beginning in 2009, Jim Hughson took over the play-by-play duties with Craig Simpson alongside for color commentary.

    The Finals telecasts have been hosted by Ron McLean since 1987. He also hosts the popular Coach's Corner with the outspoken Don Cherry.moreless
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