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.
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.
Veteran Miami Herald columnist and radio host Dan Le Batard leads a humorous, critical and sometimes controversial discussion of the hot sports topics of the day, from the Clevelander Hotel in Miami Beach. Known as a thoughtful and witty contrarian, Le Batard is not afraid to speak his mind and let his innate Cuban-American influences shine through, which is apparent in the fast-paced show. He's joined on each 30-minute episode by his father, Gonzalo "Papi" Le Batard.
While "SportsNation" is hosted by Cari Champion, Marcellus Wiley and LZ Granderson, it's really powered by the people, fueled by fan interaction and focused on fun. The lighthearted, hourlong weekday series attracts the youngest demographic of all of ESPN's studio shows, and it's different than many of the network's offerings in that fan engagement and clever, imaginative segments are at the heart of the program. While they day's hottest and weirdest sports topics are covered, also 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."