The Best Sports Shows on Cable

One of my favorite parts about owning a tablet and a smartphone is that I am able to watch some of my favorite shows on these devices. Gone are the days when people had to in front of the TV in the living room in order to watch their favorite shows. Today people can pull out their phone and watch their favorite sports shows from the comfort of their own bed. Or they can tune in at the coffee shop on the corner. Either way, it’s a great time for TV-watching.

Which brings me to today’s topic. One of my favorite things to watch on the TV these days are the sports shows that are on there. Especially during football and basketball season, when there tend to be some more heated debates, sports talk shows – at least the ones on TV – can be some of the most entertaining debate shows on the tube. They definitely beat the talk shows on CNN!

But what are the best sports talk shows out there, particularly the best ones on cable?

Many people are wanting to get into watching these shows but don’t know where to start. That’s where I come in.

First Take

For the longest time, 12 years to be exact, First Take was the home of Skip Bayless. Now Bayless has gone on to Fox Sports, leaving his longtime partner Stephen A. Smith to take over the show along with Max Kellerman, a boxing commentator and sports TV personality. The show definitely doesn’t feel the same without Bayless, but Kellerman is doing a great job of replacing him.

The good news is that First Take is still one of the best talk shows on TV. Stephen A. Smith is one of the most popular sports TV personalities in the world right now, so as long as he’s on the show, it’s going to be successful. First Take comes on at 10am ET until noon, and airs again after the show called His & Hers.  

Pardon the Interruption

Pardon the Interruption, or PTI for short, is another one of the best sports shows out there. It airs at 5:30 ET on ESPN, and it started way back in 2001. That makes 16 years for the show, which is hosted by Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser. It won a Sports Emmy Award in 2009 for best Daily Outstanding Sports Show, as well.

The Herd with Colin Cowherd

Colin Cowherd used to be the host of a show on ESPN. After some controversial comments led to his dismissal, Cowherd wound up on Fox Sports. For the longest time his show also aired on ESPN radio, so his departure probably led to some heartbreak among his most loyal fan base. Nevertheless, ESPN was able to fill the void. Now Cowherd is hosting a similar show on Fox Sports.  


Another show on Fox Sports, Undisputed is the show that landed Skip Bayless after his departure from ESPN. Skip Bayless has traditionally been one of my favorite sports personalities. Maybe it’s because we’re both from Dallas. But since I tend to only watch ESPN, I’ve yet to see anything but highlights and trailer for his new show, Undisputed. Hopefully I get to see it before long.

If you don’t like sports, these shows probably aren’t going to be that entertaining. But if you’re someone that does enjoy a good sports talk show, any of these listed here would suit your fancy. Whether you’re watching on a smartphone, tablet, or on a good old fashioned television, tune in and watch these shows on ESPN and Fox Sports.