Bryant Gumbel hosts this investigative sports newsmagazine series that features in-depth reports from "Real Sports" correspondents Mary Carillo, Bernard Goldberg, Soledad O'Brien, Andrea Kremer, Jon Frankel and Gumbel himself. The series airs monthly, and each hourlong edition contains four segments. "Real Sports" has won multiple Sports Emmy Awards and in 2006 became the first sports program honored with the duPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism by Columbia University.
Sportswriter-turned-TV personality Skip Bayless knows a thing or two about sports debates after participating in them for more than a decade at a competing network's morning show. Now at FS1, he gets top billing on "Skip and Shannon: Undisputed," a daily show that sees Bayless offering his hot takes on the latest sports news opposite Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Shannon Sharpe, who expands his horizons beyond just pigskin. Joy Taylor moderates and must keep things under control when the debates get heated.
Longtime CBS Sunday night staple "60 Minutes" has become synonymous with investigative journalism since its 1968 debut and has spawned genre-specific variations on a number of cable networks, most of which feature repackaged versions of previously aired "60 Minutes" reports. This monthly, sports-focused version on CBS corporate sibling Showtime bucks the repackaging trend by featuring original reporting from veteran journalists, including lead correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi, longtime sports journalist Armen Keteyian and "60 Minutes" correspondents Anderson Cooper, Lara Logan and Scott Pelley. In addition to original segments, which range in content from investigative reports to interviews and profiles of sports figures, episodes feature updated classic sports stories from the "60 Minutes" archive.
After 14 years at ESPN that ended with his unceremonious ouster -- are the bridges still smoldering in Bristol? -- Bill Simmons is back in the game on HBO. A multiplatform agreement with the prolific on-air/online personality includes the weekly talk show "Any Given Wednesday," which features the host and his guests touching on everything from sports and entertainment to pop culture and technology. There are also field segments and Simmons' distinct commentary on current events. "I'm really, really excited to drop my first F-bomb on TV," says Simmons, the founding editor of Grantland.com and the creator of the new content site The Ringer. "We are going to figure out nudity down the road, as long as it's tasteful."
Outspoken sports radio host Jim Rome, who has previously hosted TV shows on Fox Sports Net and ESPN, brings his often-controversial takes to Showtime with this series -- which began as a monthly show before expanding to a weekly format in its fourth season -- that showcases his provocative opinions on the latest sports stories and interviews with sports figures. The hourlong program, part of Rome's overall deal with Showtime corporate sibling CBS Sports, also includes in-depth features and profiles of influential people in the sports and entertainment industries.
While "SportsNation" is hosted by Michelle Beadle and Marcellus Wiley, it's really powered by the people. The topics covered in this hourlong weekday show are chosen by fans via ESPN.com's SportsNation site, and viewers are able to interact with the hosts before, during and after the show by email, text, Twitter or just making a phone call. Included is discussion of the smaller stories that people are taking about on the Internet but often aren't seen on TV.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's weekly magazine show gives fans an all-access pass to the UFC, both inside and outside the famed Octagon. Each half-hour episode includes in-depth profiles of the UFC's biggest stars, tell-all features and compelling backstage footage, plus look-backs and previews of UFC events. The series is hosted by Jon Anik, who previously fronted ESPN's coverage of the sport as the host of "MMA Live."