Sports Challenge

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(ended 1979)

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From 1971 to 1979, Sports Challenge ran as good a sports trivia show as television ever saw. Two teams of celebrity panelists, usually from conflicting sports (but not always), competed for sports athletic equipment donated to youth organizations suggested by viewers. The five-round game show always concluded with the "Bonus Biography" Round, where a silhouette was paired with a succession of clues. During 1973, Sports Challenge enjoyed its most successful period, broadcasting nationwide on CBS for the first time. Most other seasons were on syndicated television. ESPN Classic regularly aired reruns of Sports Challenge from 1998 to 2003. Today the network will only bring episodes back as part of marathons devoted to individual athletes. For example, the image seen here is taken from the show ESPN Classic dug up in December 2003 as part of an Otto Graham tribute. (It also marked the closest finish in the history of any Sports Challenge game.)

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