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28th Feb '13 12:26:49 PM KevinW
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The flagship program of the sports network {{ESPN}}, '''''[=SportsCenter=]''''' has been a staple of the American sports landscape since 1979.

''[=SportsCenter=]'', which [[LongRunners celebrated its 50,000th episode in 2012]], is a sports highlight and analysis show that can be seen at almost all hours of the day on ESPN. Someone who wakes up at 7 a.m. can flip on the TV and watch ''[=SportsCenter=]'' until they leaves for work at 8:30. When they comes home at 5 p.m., they can watch the primetime version of ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When they goes to bed at 11 p.m., they can watch the late-night version, and then the edition from UsefulNotes/LosAngeles updated to catch the West Coast scores at 2 a.m. And since 2008, they have been able to watch it when they are home sick on a weekday all the way to 2 p.m. And since 2010, when it took over most of the ESPNEWS schedule, ''all day long''.

What started as a simple, low-budget highlight show has, like its parent network, metastasized into a kind of pop culture leviathan that both dominates and frequently influences the sports world it covers.

''[=SportsCenter=]'' truly rocketed to national prominence in the early 1990s, when the 11 p.m. broadcast was anchored by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann (yes, ''[[HeAlsoDid that]]'' [[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]]). The two were smart, witty and cultured and they introduced a brand of cutting humor to the broadcast that made it must-see TV. Some of the scenes in ''SportsNight'' are references to this--including the "left off the letter 's' in 'bulging disk'" bit. Of course, on ''SportsCenter'', nobody caught it before airing...

Unfortunately, Olbermann, by his own admirable admission, was a bit of a prick and left the network in the late 1990s, though he and Patrick remained friends. Patrick expanded his role into other areas of the network, leaving ''[=SportsCenter=]'' in the hands of Patrick's post-Olbermann partner, Kenny Mayne, as well as [[SpotlightStealingSquad the alternate duo]] of Rich Eisen and [[{{CatchPhrase}} catchphrase]] machine Stuart Scott. When Eisen left in 2003 to become the on-air lead of the newly minted NFL Network, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' was left to be anchored by a collection of new talent who sought to emulate Scott's painfully hip catch phrasing (with varying degrees of success) rather than the [=Olbermann/Patrick/Eisen=] urbane snarkiness.

In recent months, the show's producers have streamlined ''[=SportsCenter=]'' and eliminated some of the more objectionable aspects of the show, such as the shouting analysts and meaningless segments constructed solely to [[EnforcedPlug pimp sponsors]]. For all the complaining about the show, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' is more popular than ever. There are no serious national challengers to its dominance; [[{{CNN}} CNNSI]] was launched in 1996 as a 24-hour sports news network, but failed and shut down in May 2002; it didn't help that ESPNEWS, which served essentially the same function, was launched shortly before CNNSI. Also, CNN's long-running nightly sportscast ''Sports Tonight'', which had existed since CNN was founded in 1980, was removed from CNN's schedule shortly after 9/11, moving to CNNSI and was canceled for good with that network's demise. Fox Sports Net has also failed in its attempts to combat ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When that network debuted in 1996, it had a news show called ''Fox Sports News'', renamed ''National Sports Report'' in 1998. They managed to get Olbermann in 1999, but he left in 2001 and the show was canceled in 2002. In 2006, FSN debuted a news show called ''The Final Score'' which used a basic format of highlights-only and scores to draw viewers in, but it was cancelled in 2011. Now in 2012, the newly-minted NBC Sports Network will have a go at SC with a new morning recap show called "The 'Lights" (short for "highlights").

Outside of sports, the show is also famous for its incredibly funny ''This is [=SportsCenter=]'' commercial series, featuring athletes and celebrities in odd situations (such as Danica Patrick's race car getting towed from Patrick's parking space, David Ortiz offending his mascot [[NotWhatItLooksLike by wearing a Yankee hat]], or the Manning brothers getting into a fight while taking a tour of the studio).
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!!This series contains examples of:
* {{Catch Phrase}}s as stated above, although over time this seems to have disappeared.
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%% Leave Crowning Moments to their own subpages, please.
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* DemotedToExtra: Ever since ESPN and the NHL parted ways, hockey highlights have now become few and far between. According to Deadspin's weekly "Bristolmetrics" article, which breaks down the show's coverage of sports and athletes in terms of time spent on a subject, the NHL averages only 15-20 minutes of highlights ''per week'' during its season. The hardest hit were Gary Thorne, the chief hockey announcer during that time, and Barry Melrose, who left Bristol for a small time to become an NHL head coach...that didn't last long.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catchphrases for these, although some are actually pretty clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[Series/ChappellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")
* LongRunner: And how.
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Berman's [[{{IncrediblyLamePun}} incredibly lame pun]] nicknames for players. One lowlight: Joseph "Live and Let" Addai.
* SaltAndPepper: The Los Angeles anchor duo of Neil Everett and Stan Verett.
* TotallyRadical: Almost everything said by Stuart Scott.
* ViewersAreGoldfish: Very frequently, the first highlight shown on the program will be a recap of the sporting event that the network just televised.
** Or, even worse, highlights from the big event on another network that just ended, with a greeting of those switching to ''[=SportsCenter=]'' from the game...
*** If there was a big event that a huge chunk of people, including the vast majority of the show's audience, were watching earlier that day or night, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' ''will'' lead the show with it. In fact, it might devote close to half the show to it, with a parade of analysts showing up and talking about it.
* WittyBanter
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The flagship program of the sports network {{ESPN}}, '''''[=SportsCenter=]''''' has been a staple of the American sports landscape since 1979.

''[=SportsCenter=]'', which [[LongRunners celebrated its 50,000th episode in 2012]], is a sports highlight and analysis show that can be seen at almost all hours of the day on ESPN. Someone who wakes up at 7 a.m. can flip on the TV and watch ''[=SportsCenter=]'' until they leaves for work at 8:30. When they comes home at 5 p.m., they can watch the primetime version of ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When they goes to bed at 11 p.m., they can watch the late-night version, and then the edition from UsefulNotes/LosAngeles updated to catch the West Coast scores at 2 a.m. And since 2008, they have been able to watch it when they are home sick on a weekday all the way to 2 p.m. And since 2010, when it took over most of the ESPNEWS schedule, ''all day long''.

What started as a simple, low-budget highlight show has, like its parent network, metastasized into a kind of pop culture leviathan that both dominates and frequently influences the sports world it covers.

''[=SportsCenter=]'' truly rocketed to national prominence in the early 1990s, when the 11 p.m. broadcast was anchored by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann (yes, ''[[HeAlsoDid that]]'' [[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]]). The two were smart, witty and cultured and they introduced a brand of cutting humor to the broadcast that made it must-see TV. Some of the scenes in ''SportsNight'' are references to this--including the "left off the letter 's' in 'bulging disk'" bit. Of course, on ''SportsCenter'', nobody caught it before airing...

Unfortunately, Olbermann, by his own admirable admission, was a bit of a prick and left the network in the late 1990s, though he and Patrick remained friends. Patrick expanded his role into other areas of the network, leaving ''[=SportsCenter=]'' in the hands of Patrick's post-Olbermann partner, Kenny Mayne, as well as [[SpotlightStealingSquad the alternate duo]] of Rich Eisen and [[{{CatchPhrase}} catchphrase]] machine Stuart Scott. When Eisen left in 2003 to become the on-air lead of the newly minted NFL Network, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' was left to be anchored by a collection of new talent who sought to emulate Scott's painfully hip catch phrasing (with varying degrees of success) rather than the [=Olbermann/Patrick/Eisen=] urbane snarkiness.

In recent months, the show's producers have streamlined ''[=SportsCenter=]'' and eliminated some of the more objectionable aspects of the show, such as the shouting analysts and meaningless segments constructed solely to [[EnforcedPlug pimp sponsors]]. For all the complaining about the show, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' is more popular than ever. There are no serious national challengers to its dominance; [[{{CNN}} CNNSI]] was launched in 1996 as a 24-hour sports news network, but failed and shut down in May 2002; it didn't help that ESPNEWS, which served essentially the same function, was launched shortly before CNNSI. Also, CNN's long-running nightly sportscast ''Sports Tonight'', which had existed since CNN was founded in 1980, was removed from CNN's schedule shortly after 9/11, moving to CNNSI and was canceled for good with that network's demise. Fox Sports Net has also failed in its attempts to combat ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When that network debuted in 1996, it had a news show called ''Fox Sports News'', renamed ''National Sports Report'' in 1998. They managed to get Olbermann in 1999, but he left in 2001 and the show was canceled in 2002. In 2006, FSN debuted a news show called ''The Final Score'' which used a basic format of highlights-only and scores to draw viewers in, but it was cancelled in 2011. Now in 2012, the newly-minted NBC Sports Network will have a go at SC with a new morning recap show called "The 'Lights" (short for "highlights").

Outside of sports, the show is also famous for its incredibly funny ''This is [=SportsCenter=]'' commercial series, featuring athletes and celebrities in odd situations (such as Danica Patrick's race car getting towed from Patrick's parking space, David Ortiz offending his mascot [[NotWhatItLooksLike by wearing a Yankee hat]], or the Manning brothers getting into a fight while taking a tour of the studio).
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!!This series contains examples of:
* {{Catch Phrase}}s as stated above, although over time this seems to have disappeared.
%%
%% Leave Crowning Moments to their own subpages, please.
%%
* DemotedToExtra: Ever since ESPN and the NHL parted ways, hockey highlights have now become few and far between. According to Deadspin's weekly "Bristolmetrics" article, which breaks down the show's coverage of sports and athletes in terms of time spent on a subject, the NHL averages only 15-20 minutes of highlights ''per week'' during its season. The hardest hit were Gary Thorne, the chief hockey announcer during that time, and Barry Melrose, who left Bristol for a small time to become an NHL head coach...that didn't last long.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catchphrases for these, although some are actually pretty clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[Series/ChappellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")
* LongRunner: And how.
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Berman's [[{{IncrediblyLamePun}} incredibly lame pun]] nicknames for players. One lowlight: Joseph "Live and Let" Addai.
* SaltAndPepper: The Los Angeles anchor duo of Neil Everett and Stan Verett.
* TotallyRadical: Almost everything said by Stuart Scott.
* ViewersAreGoldfish: Very frequently, the first highlight shown on the program will be a recap of the sporting event that the network just televised.
** Or, even worse, highlights from the big event on another network that just ended, with a greeting of those switching to ''[=SportsCenter=]'' from the game...
*** If there was a big event that a huge chunk of people, including the vast majority of the show's audience, were watching earlier that day or night, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' ''will'' lead the show with it. In fact, it might devote close to half the show to it, with a parade of analysts showing up and talking about it.
* WittyBanter
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17th Sep '12 4:36:11 PM KevinW
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''[=SportsCenter=]'', which [[LongRunners celebrated its 30,000th episode in 2007]], is a sports highlight and analysis show that can be seen at almost all hours of the day on ESPN. Someone who wakes up at 7 a.m. can flip on the TV and watch ''[=SportsCenter=]'' until they leaves for work at 8:30. When they comes home at 5 p.m., they can watch the primetime version of ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When they goes to bed at 11 p.m., they can watch the late-night version, and then the edition from UsefulNotes/LosAngeles updated to catch the West Coast scores at 2 a.m. And since 2008, they have been able to watch it when they are home sick on a weekday all the way to 2 p.m. And since 2010, when it took over most of the ESPNEWS schedule, ''all day long''.

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''[=SportsCenter=]'', which [[LongRunners celebrated its 30,000th 50,000th episode in 2007]], 2012]], is a sports highlight and analysis show that can be seen at almost all hours of the day on ESPN. Someone who wakes up at 7 a.m. can flip on the TV and watch ''[=SportsCenter=]'' until they leaves for work at 8:30. When they comes home at 5 p.m., they can watch the primetime version of ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When they goes to bed at 11 p.m., they can watch the late-night version, and then the edition from UsefulNotes/LosAngeles updated to catch the West Coast scores at 2 a.m. And since 2008, they have been able to watch it when they are home sick on a weekday all the way to 2 p.m. And since 2010, when it took over most of the ESPNEWS schedule, ''all day long''.
11th Sep '12 12:24:47 PM IlGreven
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* DemotedToExtra: Ever since ESPN and the NHL parted ways, hockey highlights have now become few and far between. According to Deadspin's weekly "Bristolmetrics" article, which breaks down the show's coverage of sports and athletes in terms of time spent on a subject, the NHL averages only 15-20 minutes of highlights ''per week'' during its season.

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* DemotedToExtra: Ever since ESPN and the NHL parted ways, hockey highlights have now become few and far between. According to Deadspin's weekly "Bristolmetrics" article, which breaks down the show's coverage of sports and athletes in terms of time spent on a subject, the NHL averages only 15-20 minutes of highlights ''per week'' during its season. The hardest hit were Gary Thorne, the chief hockey announcer during that time, and Barry Melrose, who left Bristol for a small time to become an NHL head coach...that didn't last long.
11th Sep '12 12:22:55 PM IlGreven
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In recent months, the show's producers have streamlined ''[=SportsCenter=]'' and eliminated some of the more objectionable aspects of the show, such as the shouting analysts and meaningless segments constructed solely to [[EnforcedPlug pimp sponsors]]. For all the complaining about the show, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' is more popular than ever. There are no serious national challengers to its dominance; [[{{CNN}} CNNSI]] was launched in 1996 as a 24-hour sports news network, but failed and shut down in May 2002; it didn't help that ESPNEWS, which served essentially the same function, was launched shortly before CNNSI. Also, CNN's long-running nightly sportscast ''Sports Tonight'', which had existed since CNN was founded in 1980, was removed from CNN's schedule shortly after 9/11, moving to CNNSI and was canceled for good with that network's demise. Fox Sports Net has also failed in its attempts to combat ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When that network debuted in 1996, it had a news show called ''Fox Sports News'', renamed ''National Sports Report'' in 1998. They managed to get Olbermann in 1999, but he left in 2001 and the show was canceled in 2002. In 2006, FSN debuted a news show called ''The Final Score'' which used a basic format of highlights-only and scores to draw viewers in, but it was cancelled in 2011.

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In recent months, the show's producers have streamlined ''[=SportsCenter=]'' and eliminated some of the more objectionable aspects of the show, such as the shouting analysts and meaningless segments constructed solely to [[EnforcedPlug pimp sponsors]]. For all the complaining about the show, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' is more popular than ever. There are no serious national challengers to its dominance; [[{{CNN}} CNNSI]] was launched in 1996 as a 24-hour sports news network, but failed and shut down in May 2002; it didn't help that ESPNEWS, which served essentially the same function, was launched shortly before CNNSI. Also, CNN's long-running nightly sportscast ''Sports Tonight'', which had existed since CNN was founded in 1980, was removed from CNN's schedule shortly after 9/11, moving to CNNSI and was canceled for good with that network's demise. Fox Sports Net has also failed in its attempts to combat ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When that network debuted in 1996, it had a news show called ''Fox Sports News'', renamed ''National Sports Report'' in 1998. They managed to get Olbermann in 1999, but he left in 2001 and the show was canceled in 2002. In 2006, FSN debuted a news show called ''The Final Score'' which used a basic format of highlights-only and scores to draw viewers in, but it was cancelled in 2011.
2011. Now in 2012, the newly-minted NBC Sports Network will have a go at SC with a new morning recap show called "The 'Lights" (short for "highlights").
1st Sep '12 8:56:03 PM DragonQuestZ
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* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catchphrases for these, although some are actually pretty clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[ChapellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")

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* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catchphrases for these, although some are actually pretty clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[ChapellesShow "[[Series/ChappellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")



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16th Aug '12 2:10:18 PM Coolman
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Unfortunately, Olbermann, by his own admirable admission, was a bit of a prick and left the network in the late 1990s, though he and Patrick remained friends. Patrick expanded his role into other areas of the network, leaving ''[=SportsCenter=]'' in the hands of Patrick's post-Olbermann partner, Kenny Mayne, as well as [[SpotlightStealingSquad the alternate duo]] of Rich Eisen and CatchPhrase Machine Stuart Scott. When Eisen left in 2003 to become the on-air lead of the newly minted NFL Network, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' was left to be anchored by a collection of new talent who sought to emulate Scott's painfully hip catch phrasing (with varying degrees of success) rather than the [=Olbermann/Patrick/Eisen=] urbane snarkiness.

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Unfortunately, Olbermann, by his own admirable admission, was a bit of a prick and left the network in the late 1990s, though he and Patrick remained friends. Patrick expanded his role into other areas of the network, leaving ''[=SportsCenter=]'' in the hands of Patrick's post-Olbermann partner, Kenny Mayne, as well as [[SpotlightStealingSquad the alternate duo]] of Rich Eisen and CatchPhrase Machine [[{{CatchPhrase}} catchphrase]] machine Stuart Scott. When Eisen left in 2003 to become the on-air lead of the newly minted NFL Network, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' was left to be anchored by a collection of new talent who sought to emulate Scott's painfully hip catch phrasing (with varying degrees of success) rather than the [=Olbermann/Patrick/Eisen=] urbane snarkiness.



Outside of sports, the show is also famous for its incredibly funny ''This is SportsCenter'' commercial series, featuring athletes and celebrities in odd situations (such as DanicaPatrick's race car getting towed from Patrick's parking space, David Ortiz offending his mascot [[NotWhatItLooksLike by wearing a Yankee hat]], or the Manning brothers getting into a fight while taking a tour of the studio).

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Outside of sports, the show is also famous for its incredibly funny ''This is SportsCenter'' [=SportsCenter=]'' commercial series, featuring athletes and celebrities in odd situations (such as DanicaPatrick's Danica Patrick's race car getting towed from Patrick's parking space, David Ortiz offending his mascot [[NotWhatItLooksLike by wearing a Yankee hat]], or the Manning brothers getting into a fight while taking a tour of the studio).



* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catchphrases for these, although some are actually pretty damn clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[ChapellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")

to:

* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catchphrases for these, although some are actually pretty damn clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[ChapellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")



* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Chris Berman's IncrediblyLamePun Nicknames for players. One lowlight: Joseph "Live and Let" Addai.

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* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Chris Berman's IncrediblyLamePun Nicknames [[{{IncrediblyLamePun}} incredibly lame pun]] nicknames for players. One lowlight: Joseph "Live and Let" Addai.



** Or, even worse, highlights from the big event on another network that just ended, with a greeting of those switching to SC from the game...
*** If there was a big event that a huge chunk of people, including the vast majority of the show's audience, were watching earlier that day or night, SC ''will'' lead the show with it. In fact, it might devote close to half the show to it, with a parade of analysts showing up and talking about it.

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** Or, even worse, highlights from the big event on another network that just ended, with a greeting of those switching to SC ''[=SportsCenter=]'' from the game...
*** If there was a big event that a huge chunk of people, including the vast majority of the show's audience, were watching earlier that day or night, SC ''[=SportsCenter=]'' ''will'' lead the show with it. In fact, it might devote close to half the show to it, with a parade of analysts showing up and talking about it.
16th Aug '12 1:48:42 PM Coolman
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The flagship program of the sports network {{ESPN}}, ''SportsCenter'' has been a staple of the American male diet since 1979.

''SC'', which [[LongRunners celebrated its 30,000th episode in 2007]], is a sports highlight and analysis show that can be seen at almost all hours of the day on ESPN. Someone who wakes up at 7 a.m. can flip on the TV and watch ''[=SportsCenter=]'' until he leaves for work at 8:30. When he comes home at 5 p.m., he can watch the primetime version of ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When he goes to bed at 11 p.m., he can watch the late-night version, and then the edition from UsefulNotes/LosAngeles updated to catch the West Coast scores at 2 a.m. And since 2008 he has been able to watch it when he's home sick on a weekday all the way to 2 p.m. And since 2010, when it took over most of the ESPNEWS schedule, ''all day long''.

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The flagship program of the sports network {{ESPN}}, ''SportsCenter'' '''''[=SportsCenter=]''''' has been a staple of the American male diet sports landscape since 1979.

''SC'', ''[=SportsCenter=]'', which [[LongRunners celebrated its 30,000th episode in 2007]], is a sports highlight and analysis show that can be seen at almost all hours of the day on ESPN. Someone who wakes up at 7 a.m. can flip on the TV and watch ''[=SportsCenter=]'' until he they leaves for work at 8:30. When he they comes home at 5 p.m., he they can watch the primetime version of ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When he they goes to bed at 11 p.m., he they can watch the late-night version, and then the edition from UsefulNotes/LosAngeles updated to catch the West Coast scores at 2 a.m. And since 2008 he has 2008, they have been able to watch it when he's they are home sick on a weekday all the way to 2 p.m. And since 2010, when it took over most of the ESPNEWS schedule, ''all day long''.



''[=SportsCenter=]'' truly rocketed to national prominence in the early 1990s, when the 11 p.m. broadcast was anchored by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann. (Yes, ''[[HeAlsoDid that]]'' [[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]]. Before he became MSNBC's preeminent liberal scold, he was a sportscaster, and a damned good--and hilarious--one, too.) The two were smart, witty and cultured and they introduced a brand of cutting humor to the broadcast that made it must-see TV. Some of the scenes in ''SportsNight'' are references to this--including the "left off the letter 's' in 'bulging disk'" bit. Of course, on ''SportsCenter'', nobody caught it before airing...

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''[=SportsCenter=]'' truly rocketed to national prominence in the early 1990s, when the 11 p.m. broadcast was anchored by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann. (Yes, Olbermann (yes, ''[[HeAlsoDid that]]'' [[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]]. Before he became MSNBC's preeminent liberal scold, he was a sportscaster, and a damned good--and hilarious--one, too.) Olbermann]]). The two were smart, witty and cultured and they introduced a brand of cutting humor to the broadcast that made it must-see TV. Some of the scenes in ''SportsNight'' are references to this--including the "left off the letter 's' in 'bulging disk'" bit. Of course, on ''SportsCenter'', nobody caught it before airing...



In recent months, the show's producers have streamlined ''[=SportsCenter=]'' and eliminated some of the more objectionable aspects of the show, such as the shouting analysts and meaningless segments constructed solely to [[EnforcedPlug pimp sponsors]]. For all the complaining about the show, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' is more popular than ever. There are no serious national challengers to its dominance; [[{{CNN}} CNNSI]] was launched in 1996 as a 24-hour sports news network, but failed and shut down in May 2002; it didn't help that ESPNEWS, which served essentially the same function, was launched shortly before CNNSI. Also, CNN's long-running nightly sportscast ''Sports Tonight'', which had existed since CNN was founded in 1980, was removed from CNN's schedule shortly after 9/11, moving to CNNSI and was canceled for good with that network's demise. Fox Sports Net has also failed in its attempts to combat ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When that network debuted in 1996 it had a news show called ''Fox Sports News'', renamed ''National Sports Report'' in 1998. They managed to get KeithOlbermann in 1999, but he left in 2001 and the show was canceled in 2002. In 2006 FSN debuted a news show called ''The Final Score'' which used a basic format of highlights-only and scores to draw viewers in, but it was canceled in 2011.

Outside of sports, the show is also famous for its incredibly funny ''This is SportsCenter'' commercial series, featuring athletes and celebrities in odd situations (such as DanicaPatrick's race car getting towed from Dan Patrick's parking space, David Ortiz offending his mascot [[NotWhatItLooksLike by wearing a Yankee hat]], or the Manning brothers getting into a fight while taking a tour of the studio).

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In recent months, the show's producers have streamlined ''[=SportsCenter=]'' and eliminated some of the more objectionable aspects of the show, such as the shouting analysts and meaningless segments constructed solely to [[EnforcedPlug pimp sponsors]]. For all the complaining about the show, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' is more popular than ever. There are no serious national challengers to its dominance; [[{{CNN}} CNNSI]] was launched in 1996 as a 24-hour sports news network, but failed and shut down in May 2002; it didn't help that ESPNEWS, which served essentially the same function, was launched shortly before CNNSI. Also, CNN's long-running nightly sportscast ''Sports Tonight'', which had existed since CNN was founded in 1980, was removed from CNN's schedule shortly after 9/11, moving to CNNSI and was canceled for good with that network's demise. Fox Sports Net has also failed in its attempts to combat ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When that network debuted in 1996 1996, it had a news show called ''Fox Sports News'', renamed ''National Sports Report'' in 1998. They managed to get KeithOlbermann Olbermann in 1999, but he left in 2001 and the show was canceled in 2002. In 2006 2006, FSN debuted a news show called ''The Final Score'' which used a basic format of highlights-only and scores to draw viewers in, but it was canceled cancelled in 2011.

Outside of sports, the show is also famous for its incredibly funny ''This is SportsCenter'' commercial series, featuring athletes and celebrities in odd situations (such as DanicaPatrick's race car getting towed from Dan Patrick's parking space, David Ortiz offending his mascot [[NotWhatItLooksLike by wearing a Yankee hat]], or the Manning brothers getting into a fight while taking a tour of the studio).



* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catch phrases for these, although some are actually pretty damn clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[ChapellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")

to:

* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catch phrases catchphrases for these, although some are actually pretty damn clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[ChapellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")
11th Aug '12 9:13:20 AM FELH2
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The flagship program of the sports network {{ESPN}}, ''{{SportsCenter}}'' has been a staple of the American male diet since 1979.

''SC'', which [[LongRunners celebrated its 30,000th episode in 2007]], is a sports highlight and analysis show that can be seen at almost all hours of the day on ESPN. Someone who wakes up at 7 a.m. can flip on the TV and watch ''[=SportsCenter=]'' until he leaves for work at 8:30. When he comes home at 5 p.m., he can watch the primetime version of ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When he goes to bed at 11 p.m., he can watch the late-night version, and then the edition from LosAngeles updated to catch the West Coast scores at 2 a.m. And since 2008 he has been able to watch it when he's home sick on a weekday all the way to 2 p.m. And since 2010, when it took over most of the ESPNEWS schedule, ''all day long''.

What started as a simple, low-budget highlight show has, like its parent network, metastasized into a kind of pop culture leviathan that both dominates and frequently influences the sports world it covers.

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The flagship program of the sports network {{ESPN}}, ''{{SportsCenter}}'' ''SportsCenter'' has been a staple of the American male diet since 1979.

''SC'', which [[LongRunners celebrated its 30,000th episode in 2007]], is a sports highlight and analysis show that can be seen at almost all hours of the day on ESPN. Someone who wakes up at 7 a.m. can flip on the TV and watch ''[=SportsCenter=]'' until he leaves for work at 8:30. When he comes home at 5 p.m., he can watch the primetime version of ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When he goes to bed at 11 p.m., he can watch the late-night version, and then the edition from LosAngeles UsefulNotes/LosAngeles updated to catch the West Coast scores at 2 a.m. And since 2008 he has been able to watch it when he's home sick on a weekday all the way to 2 p.m. And since 2010, when it took over most of the ESPNEWS schedule, ''all day long''.

What started as a simple, low-budget highlight show has, like its parent network, metastasized into a kind of pop culture leviathan that both dominates and frequently influences the sports world it covers.
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29th Jul '12 1:02:36 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catch phrases for these, although some are actually pretty damn clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[ChappellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")

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* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catch phrases for these, although some are actually pretty damn clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[ChappellesShow "[[ChapellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")
29th Jul '12 12:39:28 AM MorganWick
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''SC'', which [[LongRunners celebrated its 30,000th episode in 2007]], is a sports highlight and analysis show that can be seen at almost all hours of the day on ESPN. Someone who wakes up at 7 a.m. can flip on the TV and watch ''[=SportsCenter=]'' until he leaves for work at 8:30. When he comes home at 5 p.m., he can watch the primetime version of ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When he goes to bed at 11 p.m., he can watch the late-night version, and then the edition from LosAngeles updated to catch the West Coast scores at 2 a.m. And since 2008 he has been able to watch it when he's home sick on a weekday all the way to 2 p.m.

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''SC'', which [[LongRunners celebrated its 30,000th episode in 2007]], is a sports highlight and analysis show that can be seen at almost all hours of the day on ESPN. Someone who wakes up at 7 a.m. can flip on the TV and watch ''[=SportsCenter=]'' until he leaves for work at 8:30. When he comes home at 5 p.m., he can watch the primetime version of ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When he goes to bed at 11 p.m., he can watch the late-night version, and then the edition from LosAngeles updated to catch the West Coast scores at 2 a.m. And since 2008 he has been able to watch it when he's home sick on a weekday all the way to 2 p.m.
m. And since 2010, when it took over most of the ESPNEWS schedule, ''all day long''.


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***If there was a big event that a huge chunk of people, including the vast majority of the show's audience, were watching earlier that day or night, SC ''will'' lead the show with it. In fact, it might devote close to half the show to it, with a parade of analysts showing up and talking about it.
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