Skip Bayless and Steven A. Smith have been beefing over the popular and inaugural sports debate show, First Take.
Skip started the show in 2011. Then left to start another show with the same “gimmick” behind it. Skip’s new show is called Undisputed, and it’s on Fox Sports instead of ESPN.
And recently, Steven A (who’s still at ESPN) has been claiming on podcast shows that he “saved” First Take from failing.
Either way, that ain’t the point of this bad boy.
Here is the point:
Sports debate shows changed the way sports shows worked.
Skip claimed that in 2011 (before Steven A joined), First Take dominated all the ratings on ESPN, even beating out Sportscenter (which, if my memory serves me, is before ESPN went all superwoke and unwatchable).
After starting First Take, Skip went on to start Undisputed, which played an important role in the success of Fox Sports as a company.
First Take still exists too last time I checked. (Don’t quote me on that, ESPN is unwatchable, and I don’t watch a ton of sports or sports shows.)
And y’know what?
There was even a hip-hop YouTube show, starring DJ Akademiks and Joe Budden, which had the same debate gimmick behind it.
So why are debate shows so popular?
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