Sports TV Shows

About Sports

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.

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Ballers
Ballers
The Challenge
The Challenge
A Football Life
A Football Life
WWE Raw
WWE Raw
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Total Bellas
Total Bellas
All Access
All Access
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
30 For 30
30 For 30
Inside the NFL
Inside the NFL
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
WWE SmackDown!
WWE SmackDown!
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
Epicly Later'd
Epicly Later'd
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Lucha Underground
Lucha Underground
Baller Wives
Baller Wives
Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk
Black Magic
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Basketball Wives: LA
The Gabby Douglas Story
NFL Thursday Night Football
Wicked Tuna
Riding Shotgun
Counting Cars
Legends of Chamberlain Heights
WWE Hell in a Cell
Elite 11
Monday Night Football
ESPN Films
The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros
Eyeshield 21
MeatEater
BYU Football
Haikyu!!
Sports Jeopardy
Wait 'Til Next Year
The New and Improved DX
A Season With
Nine for IX
Hard Knocks
King of the Road
NBA Finals
The Last Shot
The Dunk King
WWE Undertaker: The Streak
Strangers In Danger
The Golf Fix
The Hustlers
Caribbean Workout
Twenty Twelve
Chasing Tail
Buffalo Soldiers
Crashletes
WWE ECW Unreleased
Heartland Bowhunter
Baseball Tonight
Basketball
IMPACT Wrestling
UFC Fights
Gonzaga: The March to Madness
All Access: Quest for the Stanley Cup
Barclays Premier League
Notre Dame Football
Sunday Night Football
Premier League Live
ESPN
Fox Sports Live
Playmakers
Prime 9
That
World Series
60 Minutes Sports
The Underdogs
NFL Live
New Japan Pro Wrestling
NASCAR Now
Legacy: Bob Hurley
NFL Replay
Xtreme 4x4
College Volleyball
Two-A-Days
Formula One Racing
Match of the Day 2
AMA Supercross
WWE Pay-Per-View on WWE Network
Monster Jam
USA Men's Soccer
Game of the Week
WWE Royal Rumble
Football Heroes
NBA Games of the Year
Greatest Forum Fights
NBA on TNT
Young Guns of Racing
Destino Deporte
The Lighter Side of Sports