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The Best Sports Competition Series Ever  

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132 votes 28 voters 25 items

List Rules Vote up the best reality and competition shows about sports and athletes that have aired on television

Sporting events have the ability to capture the attention of a nation. It only makes sense that reality TV would try to get in on the trend by releasing show after show following the exploits of people training their bodies to be the very best. From boxing to golfing, there are all kinds of shows that have aired over the years that centered around some sport. Some of the shows on this list are still on the air while others are a distant memory. They are not all competing against each other for the title of best sports reality series. 

The Ultimate Fighter is an American show that focuses on mixed martial arts. Each season, the show follows a group of MMA fighters as they train together and ultimately compete to win a contract with the UFC. The Big Break was a popular show that aired on The Golf Channel from 2003 to 2015. The show followed aspiring golfers as they trained to compete in the big leagues. That is the common theme among many sports reality TV series

Which of these shows did you find yourself binging all the time? Vote for the ones you are a fan of to see which show takes home the gold. 

 

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BattleBots is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Alison Haislip, Jessica Chobot, Fon Davis
BattleBots is an American competition reality television series. Competitors designed and operated remote-controlled armed and armored machines designed to fight in an arena combat elimination ...more
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American Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Mike Adamle, Joe Theismann, Todd Christensen
American Gladiators is an American competition television program that aired weekly in syndication from September 1989 to May 1996. The series matched a cast of amateur athletes against each ...more
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Pros vs. Joes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Pros vs. Joes Michael Strahan, Jay Glazer
Pros vs. Joes is an American physical reality game show that airs on Spike TV. The show features male amateur contestants matching themselves against professional athletes in a series of ...more
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Ninja Warrior is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Ninja Warrior
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Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Zach Thomas, Darren Woodson, Eddie Kennison
Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary television series produced by NFL Films and HBO. The show was first broadcast in 2001, and the current 2014 season is the ninth. Each season, it ...more
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The Ultimate Fighter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Dana White, Mike Rowe, Herb Dean
The Ultimate Fighter is an American reality television series and mixed martial arts competition produced by Fox Sports 1 and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It previously aired for fourteen ...more
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Nickelodeon Guts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Felicia Day, Ryon Day
Nickelodeon Guts was an American television "action sports" competition series hosted by actor/comedian Mike O'Malley and officiated by British actress Moira "Mo" Quirk. The ...more
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Two-A-Days is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Two-A-Days Rush Propst
Two-A-Days is a show on the United States cable television channel MTV. The show chronicled the lives of teens at Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama, a suburb of nearby Birmingham. It focused ...more
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4th and Long is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
4th and Long
4th and Long is a reality television series hosted by Michael Irvin that premiered on Spike on May 18, 2009. The winner of the show earned a spot at the Dallas Cowboys training camp - with a ...more
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Let's Bowl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Let's Bowl
Let's Bowl is a short-lived bowling game show that aired on the Comedy Central television network from 2001 to 2002 after a brief run on several TV stations across the U.S. in the mid-1990s, the ...more
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The Big Break is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
The Big Break Stephanie Sparks, Vince Cellini
The Big Break is the Golf Channel's reality television program. The show's premise is to award an aspiring professional golfer exemptions into selected events on certain tours. Starting 2014, a ...more
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The Contender is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Sugar Ray Leonard, Sergio Mora, Jeff Fraza
The Contender is a reality television series that follows a group of boxers as they compete with one another in an elimination-style competition, while their lives and relationships with each ...more
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Knight School is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Knight School Bob Knight
Knight School is a television documentary produced by ESPN about a group of sixteen Texas Tech University students trying to make the Bob Knight coached Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team as ...more
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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Mo... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search Shantel VanSanten, Roshumba Williams, Alicia Hall
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search is a reality TV show produced by NBC that debuted in January 2005, prior to the launch of that year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The purpose ...more
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Maximum Drive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Maximum Drive was a children's competition show hosted by Joe Fowler with co-hosts Brian Vermeire and Mercedes Colon that aired on The Family Channel from August 29 to November 25, 1994. On each ...more
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WWE Tough Enough is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
John Cena, Trish Stratus, The Miz
WWE Tough Enough is a professional wrestling reality television program produced by WWE where in participants undergo professional wrestling training and compete for a contract with WWE. There ...more
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Skating with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Skating with the Stars is an American reality competition that aired on ABC from November 22, to December 21, 2010. Skating with the Stars features celebrities paired with professionals from the ...more
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American Dream Derby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
American Dream Derby
American Dream Derby is an American horse racing-themed reality show that aired on GSN. Eight one-hour episodes were produced, with the first two airing on January 10, 2005; the show then aired ...more
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Shaq Vs. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Shaq Vs. Mike Goldberg
Shaq Vs. is an American reality television show produced for ABC by Dick Clark Productions and Media Rights Capital starring American basketball star Shaquille O'Neal. It began airing on August ...more
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2 Minute Drill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
2 Minute Drill is an ESPN game show based on the general knowledge UK game show Mastermind. The program aired from September 11, 2000 to December 28, 2001. ESPN Classic currently airs reruns of ...more
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Fight Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Fight Girls Gina Carano
Fight Girls is an Oxygen original reality television series that spun off from a 2006 special which documented seven female fighters' attempts at winning a championship. The initial special ...more
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Game of Arms is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Game of Arms is an American television series that debut February 25, 2014, on AMC. The series is a reality television show about American competitive arm wrestlers. The series follows arm ...more
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WWE Diva Search is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
WWE Diva Search
WWE Diva Search is a talent competition held by WWE. The first winner was Jaime Koeppe, but she did not receive a contract like subsequent winners of the contest. Other winners included Christy ...more
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Bullrun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Bullrun Bill Goldberg
Bullrun is an American reality television series based on the trans-American Bullrun road rally of the same name. The televised version has 12 teams compete in a 4,000-mile 18-day road rally to ...more
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Jump City: Seattle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports Competition Series Ever
Jump City: Seattle
Jump City: Seattle is an American television series that formerly aired on G4. It features four of the top freerunning and parkour teams in the United States all coming together for the first ...more