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    SportsCenter

    SportsCenter

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    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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    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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    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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    The League

    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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    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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    Pitch

    Pitch

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    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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    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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    Knight School with Coach Bobby Knight

    Knight School with Coach Bobby Knight

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    ESPN (ended 2006)
    ESPN is working on a six-episode reality series following volatile basketball coach Bobby Knight and 16 basketball players as they vie for a walk-on spot with Knight’s Division I Texas Tech team.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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    Wimbledon

    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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    NFL Live

    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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    Thursday Night Football

    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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    Feherty

    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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    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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    The White Shadow

    The White Shadow

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    CBS (ended 1981)
    A knee injury forced Chicago Bulls forward Ken Reeves into retirement and he was talked into a coaching career by his old friend and teammate Jim Willis. That was the premise behind TV's White Shadow. Jim was a principal at Los Angeles' Carver High School, nestled right inside an inner-city, working-class neighborhood…and though Reeves was new to the world of clipboards and de facto paternal responsibilities, coaching soon appeared to be his true calling. The White Shadow was created by TV producer (and big basketball fan) Bruce Paltrow. It was about the sport, of course, but it was also about a growing up in a tough neighborhood at a tough time. The kids on the team had to face drugs, gangs, race hostility, learning disabilities, financial hardship, and more-so it wasn't all towel rattail fights in the locker room. Whatever the dilemma, Coach Reeves figured into the solution, be it through good advice or hands-on intervention. His players trusted him, and given the general mistrust they had for people older than them, that was really saying something. In the 1979-80 season, b-baller Curtis Jackson was shot while standing in a liquor store that was being held up. That was also the year that a load of players "graduated" from high school and moved on…and a new batch of actors came in to take their place. In its third season, the show lightened up--there were less episodes that dealt with serious topics, but the season still had it's moments, such as teacher burnout ("Burnout") and unfair treatment by law enforcement ("Cops"). On the court or off, the young men on the Carver High basketball team were a funny and eclectic group, and their coach, their "white shadow," was always there to lend an assist.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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    Rocket Power

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2004)
    Rocket Power premiered on Nickelodeon on August 16, 1999, and can now be seen weekdays at 4:30 A.M EST onNicktoons Network, and on Sunday mornings at 6:00 A.M. EST on Nickelodeon. The show is about four friends who are addicted to action and extreme sports. Otto Rocket, his sister Reggie, and their pals Twister and Sam excel at just about every aggressive sport you can imagine. Their hometown of Ocean Shores, CA is the ultimate place for a game of hockey, skating the half-pipe or rollerblading on the boardwalk. There are extreme sports for all seasons, however, so don't be surprised if you catch the kids heading up to the mountains for snowboarding, ice hockey, and all manner of arctic action. All that competition can get, well, pretty competitive sometimes. So it's a good thing folks like Otto and Reggie's dad Ray and his business partner Tito Makani are around to remind everyone that way cool friendships are more important than winning events. Main Characters Otto Rocket: Otto is the leader of the group. As they say in the episode "All About Sam", he's a total action guy. He can be selfish and overly-competitive at times, and even more unreliable, but he tries to be a good friend, and more often than not, he does a pretty good job at it. He's also "rad" on wheels, waves and powder, and he plays a mean game of hockey! Reggie Rocket: Reggie is Otto's older sister, by two years. She's awesome at sports, and at times, she can be as competitive as her younger brother. She can be a little bossy sometimes, but she really doesn't mean to be. She is mostly the one who keeps Otto down to earth when he gets a bit too self-centered, and there are times when she acts as his conscience. So there's a lot more to this action-loving girl athlete that what she can do with a skateboard, a surfboard, a hockey stick, and a laptop. Maurice "Twister" Rodriguez: Twister is Otto's best bro. He's totally rad with his video camera, which he uses to tape all the extreme stunts he, Otto, and Reggie do. He's a little bit slow on the uptake, but in a totally sweet (well, the girls on this site think that) and comical way. Samuel L. "Squid" Dullard: Sam is probably the least extreme of the group, but that doesn't make him any less awesome. He's Reggie's best bro. He helps her publish her Zine on his laptop. Sam is pretty much the brains of The Rocket Gang, but it's his fear of risks that helps to keep the gang from going too far. Ray "Raymundo" Rocket: Ray has done a lot of things in his long life. But if the kids get into some trouble, they get a big punishment! Other then that he's a really nice guy. Tito Makani: Tito is a native of the beautiful state of Hawaii. He is really nice guy. He gives the "little cuzzes" Ancient Hawaiian advice and help with surfing. Sometimes he can go a little overboard with what he's doing, but it all comes out ok. From March 26 to April 8, 2002 a contest and show called Maximum Rocket Power Live: The Battle For Madtown Park where teams would compete in extreme sports like the Rocket Gang did. It got cancelled due to low ticket sales. It was supposed to tour cities all over the Midwest. The Show ended after the TV Movie episode "The Big Day" on July 30, 2004.moreless
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    Bay City Blues

    Bay City Blues

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    NBC (ended 1984)
    Steven Bochco was the Executive Producer of this critically acclaimed but short-lived dramedy about a California minor league baseball team.
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