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Check Out all the Action with the Best Sports Shows on TV

Watching live sports is great, but passionate sports fans likely look for more coverage once the game clock runs out. Get a collection of action-packed sports networks in your TV package, and you’ll never run out of sports shows to fill the time between games.

Are you a fan of sports talk, or do you like scripted or reality sports programming? If you’re a sports fan who can’t get enough action, check out some of the best sports-related shows on TV.

Sports talk shows

Get highlights and updates about your favorite athletes and teams on these leading sports talk shows.

NFL Countdown

When you wake up early on Sunday morning and can’t wait until the afternoon football games to start, get the lowdown on what to expect that day with NFL Countdown. Hear thoughts from a panel of analysts and contributors. Many of the panelists are former NFL players or coaches or both.

NFL Live

NFL Live is a daily weekday football talk show. It doesn’t focus on highlight clips and airs new episodes all year long, as opposed to being a seasonal series.

Baseball Tonight

Throughout the baseball season, check out Baseball Tonight on ESPN for highlights, news and previews. Tune in every night for recaps of games you may have missed.

MLB Tonight

baseball player sliding into the baseGet complete baseball coverage on MLB Tonight on MLB Network. The show airs every night during baseball season for exciting coverage from around the league.


ESPN’s long-running SportsCenter reports on the most important sports updates, games and news. Hear about the biggest news of the day from the worlds of baseball, basketball, football and more.


SportsNation first aired in 2009, and is now a daily weekday favorite. The segment talk show is based on online interaction with sports fans at

Scripted sports shows

Interested in more than just sports news? Check out these TV series that revolve around the sports world.

Friday Night Lights

During its five seasons from 2006-2011, Friday Night Lights aired on NBC and the 101 Network. The show follows a 1988 high school football team from Odessa, Texas. Based on a non-fiction book and a film, the show covers the life of the fictional football coach.

If you love football, Friday Night Lights has it. If you love the suspense of a drama-filled TV show, Friday Night Lights offers that, too. It’s a great blend of sports and drama that appeals to many.


Playmakers was a short-lived ESPN drama about a fictional professional football team. It only lasted one season after ESPN decided the show showed the game and its players in a negative light.

Sports reality series

Get a behind-the-scenes look at sports with reality sports shows.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

The CMT series follows hundreds of girls as they audition to be Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Watch as the squad is cut down to 36 cheerleaders before the first Cowboys game of the preseason.

Hard Knocks

Hard Knocks is an HBO® series that follows an NFL team as it prepares for the upcoming season. Since the first season in 2001, teams on Hard Knocks have included the Baltimore Ravens, the Dallas Cowboys (seasons 2 and 4), the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cincinnati Bengals, the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins.

Even when there isn’t a game on, you’ll have plenty of sports shows to watch – as long as you choose your TV provider carefully!