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The Best Sports TV Shows 

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Updated July 4, 2020 4.1k votes 520 voters 27.4k views 210 items

List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Sports TV series.

The very best sports shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest sports shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. 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. The list of sports television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List features shows like Kenny vs. Spenny and Sports Tonight.

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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Inside the NBA is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Inside the NBA Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley

Premiered: 1988

Inside the NBA is the postgame show for NBA on TNT broadcasts. The program features host Ernie Johnson with analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal. Occasionally, Johnson, ...more
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First Take is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Stephen A. Smith

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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Pardon the Interruption ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports TV 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) 4 on the list The Best Sports TV 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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College GameDay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports TV 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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NBC Sunday Night Footbal... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Tony Dungy, Michele Tafoya

Premiered: 2006

NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly television broadcast of National Football League games on NBC in the United States. It began airing on August 6, 2006 with the Pro Football Hall of Fame ...more
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Monday Night Football is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Melissa Stark

Premiered: 1970

Monday Night Football is a live television broadcast of weekly National Football League games on ESPN in the United States. From 1970 to 2005, it aired on sister broadcast network ABC. Monday ...more

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Around the Horn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports TV 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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Football Night in Americ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Football Night in America Keith Olbermann, Jerome Bettis, Sterling Sharpe

Premiered: 2006

Football Night in America is an American pre-game show that is broadcast on NBC, preceding its broadcasts of Sunday night and Wild Card Saturday National Football League games. The program ...more
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Hard Knocks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Hard Knocks Zach Thomas, Darren Woodson, Eddie Kennison

Premiered: 2001

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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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Gabby Gellerman added Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Gaius Charles

Premiered: 2006

Friday Night Lights (NBC, 2006) is an American sports drama television series developed by Peter Berg, inspired by the 1990 nonfiction book by H. G. Bissinger. A drama that follows the lives of ...more

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NFL on Fox is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Terry Bradshaw, Ronnie Lott, Jillian Barberie

Premiered: 1994

NFL on Fox is the branding used for broadcasts of National Football League games that are produced by Fox Sports, and televised on the Fox Broadcasting Company. Game coverage is usually preceded ...more
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Fox NFL Sunday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Terry Bradshaw, Ronnie Lott, Michael Strahan

Premiered: 1994

Fox NFL Sunday is an American sports television program on Fox that debuted on September 4, 1994, and serves as the pre-game show for the network's National Football League game telecasts under ...more
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Inside the NFL is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth, Warren Sapp

Premiered: 1977

Inside the NFL (HBO, 1977) is an American television sports show that focuses on the National Football League. Originally airing on HBO, it was picked up by Showtime in 2008.
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NFL Live is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports TV 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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ESPN College Football Sa... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime Todd Blackledge, Bob Davie, Adrian Karsten

Premiered: 1984

ESPN College Football Primetime is a live game presentation of Division 1-A college football on ESPN. In the past, the presenting sponsors have been Polaroid and AT&T. The current presenting ...more
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Monday Night Countdown ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports TV 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 on NBC is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows

Premiered: 1939

NFL on NBC is the branding used for broadcasts of National Football League games that are produced by NBC Sports, and televised on the NBC television network in the United States. The name was ...more
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Major League Baseball on... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Tim McCarver, Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds

Premiered: 1996

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NFL on CBS is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows

Premiered: 1956

The NFL on CBS is the branding used for broadcasts of National Football League games that are produced by CBS Sports, the sports division of the CBS television network in the United States. The ...more
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Sunday NFL Countdown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports TV 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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The League is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Gabby Gellerman added Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzisi

Premiered: 2009

The League (FX, 2009) is an American sitcom created by Jeff and Jackie Schaffer. Six friends (Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzisi, Paul Scheer, Jon Lajoie, and Katie Aselton) in a ...more

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ESPN Sunday Night Footba... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Joe Theismann, Suzy Kolber

Premiered: 1987

ESPN Sunday Night Football was the ESPN cable network's weekly television broadcasts of Sunday evening National Football League games. The first ESPN Sunday night broadcast occurred on November ...more
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ESPN2 College Football S... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
ESPN2 College Football Saturday Primetime Bob Davie, Ed Cunningham

Premiered: 1994

ESPN2 College Football Primetime is a live game presentation of Division 1-A college football on ESPN2. In the past, the primary sponsors have been Polaroid, AT&T and GoDaddy.com. Like its ...more
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Outside the Lines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports TV Shows
Bob Ley, Jeremy Schaap

Premiered: 1990

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