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The Best Current ESPN Shows 

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Updated April 21, 2020 3k votes 582 voters 12.1k views 26 items

Wondering what to watch on ESPN? The sports network has been around for decades, airing both sports matches and television that features commentary, sports history, and more. If you're a sports junkie, there are plenty of current shows to help you learn more about the games you love. Browse this list of ESPN programs below for suggestions! 

Many ESPN series feature discussion and analysis of sports. The popular Around the Horn is a roundtable discussion show in which commentators argue about sports to earn points and win debates regrading recent headlines. Mike & Mike is a talk show that dissects the latest sports news. Other ESPN shows currently airing include Highly Questionable, First Take, and Outside the Lines. Whether you're a fan of basketball, baseball, hockey, or anything else, there's plenty of programming on now to keep you up to date with all the biggest stories in the sports world. 

Which program the best? Vote your favorites to the top of the list! And if you like ESPN's shows, check out our list of the best sports talk shows.

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Pardon the Interruption ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Tony Reali, Michael Wilbon, Tony Kornheiser

Premiered: 2001

Pardon the Interruption is a sports television show that airs weekdays on various ESPN TV channels, TSN, ESPN America, XM, and Sirius satellite radio services, and as a downloadable podcast. It ...more
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SportsCenter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Neil Everett, Jalen Rose, Jenn Brown

Premiered: 1979

SportsCenter is a daily sports news television program and the flagship program of American cable and satellite television network ESPN since the network's launch on September 7, 1979. ...more

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30 for 30 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Dan Rather, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan

Premiered: 2009

30 for 30 is the umbrella title for a series of documentary films airing on ESPN and its sister networks and online properties. The series highlights important people and events in the sports ...more

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First Take is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Skip Bayless, Jay Crawford, Dana Jacobson

Premiered: 2007

First Take is an American morning sports talk program on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Two back-to-back two-hour episodes air each weekday from Monday through Friday, with the live episode airing from 10 ...more

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College GameDay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
College GameDay Desmond Howard, Lou Holtz, Mark May

Premiered: 1987

College GameDay is an ESPN entertainment show previewing college football games. It first aired in 1987 with Tim Brando as host and Lee Corso and Beano Cook as commentators. Beginning ...more
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Around the Horn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Tony Reali, Woody Paige, Tim Cowlishaw

Premiered: 2002

Around the Horn is a sports roundtable discussion show conducted in the style of a panel game that is produced by ESPN. The show premiered on November 4, 2002 as a replacement for Unscripted ...more

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College GameDay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Jalen Rose, Bob Knight, Rece Davis

Premiered: 2005

College GameDay is an ESPN program that covers college basketball and is a spin-off of the successful college football version. Since debuting on January 22, 2005, it airs on ESPN Saturdays in ...more
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Sunday NFL Countdown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Mike Ditka, Cris Carter, Ron Jaworski

Premiered: 1985

Sunday NFL Countdown is a pregame show of all the NFL action for that week. The official name is Sunday NFL Countdown presented by Snickers. The show airs on ESPN, ESPN HD, TSN and TSN HD from ...more
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Highly Questionable is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Dan Le Batard, Gonzalo Le Batard, Bomani Jones

Premiered: 2011

Highly Questionable is a daily sports talk television program that airs daily on ESPN at 4:30 PM Eastern. Created as a vehicle for Miami Herald sportswriter and ESPN contributor Dan Le Batard, ...more
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Monday Night Countdown ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Steve Young, Mike Ditka, Cris Carter

Premiered: 1993

Monday Night Countdown, which debuted in 1993 on ESPN, is a television program featuring analysis and news on that night's NFL match to be broadcast on ESPN. The show was originally titled NFL ...more
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NFL Live is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows

Premiered: 1998

NFL Live is a National Football League studio show, currently airing Monday through Friday at 4:00 p.m ET ESPN. Formerly known as NFL 2Night, the program is one of the only NFL-related studio ...more
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College Football Final ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
College Football Final Lou Holtz, Mark May, Chris Fowler

Premiered: 1999

College Football Final is a one hour program totally devoted to college football and airs every Saturday night during the college football season. It was previously named College Gameday Final ...more
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Get Up! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows

Premiered: 2018

Get Up! (ESPN, 2018) is an American sports talk morning television program. Host Mike Greenburg is joined by rotating guest hosts to discuss sports news, opinion, and analysis.
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The Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr

Premiered: 2020

The Last Dance (ESPN, 2020) is an American sports documentary miniseries directed by Jason Hehir. Focusing on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, the docuseries follows Michael Jordan's career and his ...more
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Outside the Lines is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Bob Ley, Jeremy Schaap

Premiered: 1990

ESPN Outside the Lines Sunday is a TV program.
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Baseball Tonight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
John Kruk, Orel Hershiser, Tino Martinez

Premiered: 1990

Baseball Tonight is a program that airs on ESPN. The show, which recapitulates the day's Major League Baseball action, has been on the air since 1990. Its namesake program also airs on ESPN ...more
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NBA Countdown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
NBA Countdown Magic Johnson, Hannah Storm, Stuart Scott

Premiered: 2002

NBA Countdown, is a weekly, thirty minute pregame show airing prior to each National Basketball Association telecast on the American Broadcasting Company and ESPN. NBA Countdown typically airs ...more
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College Football Scorebo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
College Football Scoreboard Lou Holtz, Robert Smith, Mark May

Premiered: 2001

College Football Scoreboard is a program on ESPN and ESPN2 that provies up to the minute scores and highlights during the college football season. The official name is College Football ...more
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The Jump is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows

Premiered: 2014

The Jump is a British television series that follows celebrities as they try to master various winter sports including skeleton, bobsleigh, speed skating, ski cross and giant slalom. Davina ...more
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College Football Live is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Bob Griese, Doug Flutie, Desmond Howard

Premiered: 2007

College Football Live is a show that airs weekdays on ESPN or ESPN2, and ESPNU. Its premiere was on Monday, July 23, 2007. Rece Davis is the lead host, but it also features ESPN college football ...more
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NFL Matchup is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
NFL Matchup Ron Jaworski

Premiered: 1993

NFL Matchup is a National Football League preview show that airs every week during the regular season and playoffs. As of 2006, the official name is State Farm NFL Matchup, and it is produced by ...more
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E:60 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows

Premiered: 2007

E:60 (ESPN, 2007) is an American sports newsmagazine and sports news documentary television series. The show features investigative journalism, focusing upon news, issues, and other stories in ...more
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NFL Insiders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows

Premiered: 2013

NFL Insiders (ESPN, 2013) is an American a National Football League studio television show. Multiple segments look at headlines, highlights and stats of NFL games and players.
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Intentional Talk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Intentional Talk Chris Rose

Premiered: 2011

Intentional Talk is an hour long and a 30-minute long talk show shown live Monday-Friday at 5:00 ET on MLB Network. Hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar talk about the major events in baseball. It ...more
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SportsNation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current ESPN Shows
Michelle Beadle

Premiered: 2009

SportsNation is a sports-related television program that airs on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNews. The series is based on SportsNation, the fan forum and poll section of ESPN.com. The show is typically ...more