In the twentieth century, network and cable broadcasters and providers had a monopoly on televised professional sports. These days everyone from YouTube to Twitter is pushing to air more sports. Even the leagues themselves are taking control of their own distribution.
The UFC and WWE, for example, proved subscription models can be as profitable as massive pay-per-views. But cable TV does still have some great sports commentators and personalities.
If you still have a cable subscription, these are the shows you can turn on right now to stay ahead of whatever game you’re into.
10. Fox NFL Sunday (Fox)
Hosts: Terry Bradshaw, Curt Menefee, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long
9. Skip and Shannon: Undisputed (Fox Sports 1)
Hosts: Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe, Jenny Taft
8. NFL RedZone
Hosts: Scott Hanson
7. Around the Horn (ESPN)
Hosts: Tony Reali, Kate Fagan, Kevin Blackistone, Frank Isola, Bob Ryan, Jorge Sedano
6. Get Up! (ESPN)
Hosts: Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Mike Greenberg, Laura Rutledge, Maria Taylor
5. Hard Knocks (HBO)
Hosts: Liev Schreiber, Emmitt Smith, Chad Johnson, Jerry Jones, Paul Rudd
4. SportsCenter (ESPN)
Hosts: Jemele Hill, Sage Steele, Linda Cohn, Scott Van Pelt, Chris Berman, Mike Greenberg
3. Highly Questionable (ESPN)
Hosts: Dan Le Batard, Bomani Jones, Gonzalo Le Batard, Katie Nolan
2. Inside the NBA (TNT)
Hosts: Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson Jr., Chris Webber, Kevin Garnett
1. Pardon the Interruption (ESPN)
Hosts: Skip Bayless, Michael Wilbon, Tony Kornheiser, Tony Reali, Stephen A. Smith, Norman Chad