Sports TV Shows

People have loved watching sporting events for many centuries, and television certainly didn't popularize sports. But there's no question that TV changed the way that people watched sports, and sports on TV offer some viewing opportunities that watching sports in person can't match.

Some sports work especially well on TV because their scale or pace can make them difficult to follow in person. When spectators watch auto racing on TV, it's much easier to keep track of particular drivers and the overall state of the race, and the complexity of American football is much easier to sort out with benefit of multiple camera angles and announcers' commentary.

Other sports fare well on TV because the spectacle and pageantry of televised events is a good match for the traditional drama of the sport. High-profile boxing matches and mixed martial arts events are tailor-made for the hype of television, and pay-per-view events duplicate the special-occasion feeling of going to see the big fight in a glitzy arena.

Sports also benefit from the analysis, dissection and editorializing of experts, both during event broadcasts and on stand-alone sports news and commentary programs. Sports analysis programming is so popular, in fact, that entire networks, from ESPN to Fox Sports, have been created to support the genre.

The Challenge
The Challenge
30 For 30
30 For 30
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Total Bellas
Total Bellas
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
Baki
Baki
Wicked Tuna
Wicked Tuna
The Prince Of Tennis
The Prince Of Tennis
The Test: A New Era for Australia's Team
The Test: A New Era for Australia's Team
WWE: Money in the Bank
WWE: Money in the Bank
WWE Raw
WWE Raw
HAIKYU!! 3rd Season
HAIKYU!! 3rd Season
Haikyu!!
Haikyu!!
Ballers
Ballers
Dark Side of the Ring
Dark Side of the Ring
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
WWE SmackDown!
WWE SmackDown!
Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk
WWE The Attitude Era
WWE The Attitude Era
Selection Day
Selection Day
ESPN Films
ESPN Films
Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians
Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians
Games People Play
Games People Play
American Ninja Warrior Junior
American Ninja Warrior Junior
Basketball Wives: LA
Basketball Wives: LA
Holey Moley
Holey Moley
E:60
E:60
Counting Cars
Counting Cars
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
Spinning Out
Spinning Out
Riding Shotgun
Riding Shotgun
MeatEater
MeatEater
Legends of Chamberlain Heights
Legends of Chamberlain Heights
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Hard Knocks
Hard Knocks
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Inside Borussia Dortmund
Inside Borussia Dortmund
WWE Superstars
WWE Superstars
The Gabby Douglas Story
The Gabby Douglas Story
All or Nothing: Manchester City
All or Nothing: Manchester City
World Series of Poker
World Series of Poker
Lucha Underground
Lucha Underground
Sunderland 'Til I Die
Sunderland 'Til I Die
A Football Life
A Football Life
Ping Pong: The Animation
Ping Pong: The Animation
Being: Mike Tyson
Being: Mike Tyson
Shut Up and Dribble
Shut Up and Dribble
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
The Hockey Girls
The Hockey Girls
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Fastest Car
Fastest Car
Kingdom (US)
Kingdom (US)
24/7
24/7
WWE Royal Rumble
WWE Royal Rumble
Eyeshield 21
Eyeshield 21
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks
King of the Road
King of the Road
WWE WrestleMania 30
WWE WrestleMania 30
Being Serena
Being Serena
Mix
Mix
Cheer Perfection
Cheer Perfection
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
WWE 205 Live
WWE 205 Live
The Doctor
The Doctor
Lost and Found
Lost and Found
Cheer
Cheer
The Final Table
The Final Table
MOJO TV
MOJO TV
WWE Survivor Series
WWE Survivor Series
Epicly Later'd
Epicly Later'd
All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite
All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite
On The Ropes
On The Ropes
WWE Undertaker: The Streak
WWE Undertaker: The Streak
Inazuma Eleven: Ares
Inazuma Eleven: Ares
WWE Main Event
WWE Main Event
WWE n.W.o The Revolution
WWE n.W.o The Revolution
Transcendence
Transcendence
In Depth With Graham Bensinger
In Depth With Graham Bensinger
Ultimate Tag
Ultimate Tag
Wait 'Til Next Year
Wait 'Til Next Year
Eat. Race. Win
Eat. Race. Win
American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja
American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja
Bringing Up Ballers
Bringing Up Ballers
Red Bull Soapbox Race
Red Bull Soapbox Race
American Guns
American Guns
WWE Battleground
WWE Battleground
All-Round Champion
All-Round Champion
Hunted (2017)
Hunted (2017)
All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals
All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals
The Ultimate Fighter Latin America
The Ultimate Fighter Latin America
Ring of Honor Wrestling
Ring of Honor Wrestling
The Wrestlers
The Wrestlers
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
WWE Triple H: Thy Kingdom Come
WWE Triple H: Thy Kingdom Come
Stars Align
Stars Align
Crashletes
Crashletes
Buffalo Soldiers
Buffalo Soldiers
21 Thunder
21 Thunder
Fishing for Giants
Fishing for Giants