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The Best Sports TV Shows

Updated September 22, 2020 4.9k votes 560 voters 28.8k views211 items

List RulesVote up the best non-scripted shows that focus on sports - from sports news to sports docuseries.

These are the very best sports TV shows, ranked from best to worst, thanks to your votes. From football TV shows to soccer, hockey, and more, this list of the greatest sports shows includes pictures from the shows, cast, and premiere dates to help you vote.

Popular sports TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining sports show of all time is. Don't let your favorite sports television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. Featuring  shows like Inside the NBA, Sports Center, and Hard Knocks, there are sports shows for whatever sport and format you're feeling, from sports documentaries to sports news shows and even just regular sports broadcasts like Monday Night Football.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best sports show of all time?" and "What are the greatest sports shows?"

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  • 1
    Inside the NBA is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
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    Inside the NBA

    Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson

    Premiered1988

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  • 2
    First Take is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
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    148

    First Take

    Stephen A. Smith

    Premiered2007

    NetworkESPN2

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  • 3
    Pardon the Interruption is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
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    103

    Pardon the Interruption

    Tony Reali, Michael Wilbon

    Premiered2001

    NetworkESPN

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  • 4
    NBC Sunday Night Football is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    89
    59

    NBC Sunday Night Football

    Tony Dungy, Michele Tafoya

    Premiered2006

    NetworkTelemundo, NBC

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  • 5
    College GameDay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    100
    73

    College GameDay

    Desmond Howard, Lou Holtz

    Premiered1987

    NetworkESPN, ESPNU

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  • 6
    SportsCenter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    106
    85

    SportsCenter

    Neil Everett, Jalen Rose

    Premiered1979

    NetworkESPN, ESPNews

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  • 7
    Cold Pizza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    41
    31

    Cold Pizza

    Skip Bayless, Bonnie-Jill Laflin

    Premiered2003

    NetworkESPN2

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  • 8
    NFL on Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
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    34

    NFL on Fox

    Terry Bradshaw, Ronnie Lott

    Premiered1994

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 9
    One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    36
    27

    One Tree Hill

    Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty

    Premiered2003

    NetworkThe WB

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  • 10
    Football Night in America is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
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    50

    Football Night in America

    Keith Olbermann, Jerome Bettis

    Premiered2006

    NetworkNBC

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  • 11
    Fox NFL Sunday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    44
    39

    Fox NFL Sunday

    Terry Bradshaw, Ronnie Lott

    Premiered1994

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 12
    Sports Night is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    28
    22

    Sports Night

    Josh Charles, Peter Krause

    Premiered1998

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 13
    Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    49
    49

    Hard Knocks

    Zach Thomas, Darren Woodson

    Premiered2001

    NetworkHBO

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  • 14
    Around the Horn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    70
    78

    Around the Horn

    Tony Reali, Woody Paige

    Premiered2002

    NetworkESPN

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  • 15
    Nickelodeon Guts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    26
    21

    Nickelodeon Guts

    Felicia Day, Ryon Day

    Premiered1992

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 16
    National Heads-Up Poker Champi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    19
    15

    National Heads-Up Poker Championship

    James Woods, Leeann Tweeden

    Premiered2005

    NetworkNBC

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  • 17
    The Baseball Bunch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    20
    16

    The Baseball Bunch

    Johnny Bench, Tommy Lasorda

    Premiered1981

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  • 18
    Monday Night Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    68
    79

    Premiered1970

    NetworkESPN, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 19
    Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    52
    62

    Friday Night Lights

    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton

    Premiered2006

    NetworkNBC

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  • 20
    ESPN College Football Saturday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    25
    25

    ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime

    Todd Blackledge, Bob Davie

    Premiered1984

    NetworkESPN

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  • 21
    Inside the NFL is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    36
    40

    Inside the NFL

    Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth

    Premiered1977

    NetworkShowtime, HBO

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  • 22
    Arena Football League on ESPN is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
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  • 23
    Monday Night Baseball is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    17
    15

    Monday Night Baseball

    Tim Kurkjian, Sean McDonough

    Premiered2002

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  • 24
    NASCAR Racers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    14
    10

    NASCAR Racers

    Roger Cross, Kathleen Barr

    Premiered1999

    NetworkFox Kids, Toon Disney, Fox Broadcasting Company

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  • 25
    Mike and the Mad Dog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
    14
    11

    Mike and the Mad Dog

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