In today’s market, there are plenty of different sports shows that people either enjoy or can’t stand listening to the topics being discussed. For a while, the only one I really liked was ESPN’s First Take because it was entertaining watching Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless go at it each episode. Some of the other ones, including Sports Nation, caught my eye and I credit them for that, but there are plenty that lack any true pizzazz. That was until Fox Sports 1 launched Crowd Goes Wild.
The initial calling card for this new show was the presence of the legend Regis Philbin. However, as the show went on, he wasn’t as involved with it. Regis can be a huge marketing tool and I’m sure he brought many people in to view the show, but the other members of the show were just as entertaining. With this said, Fox Sports 1 chose to give the show the ax this past week. Aside from maybe viewing ratings being down, there is speculation that it was done since the show was produced in New York, while Fox resides in Los Angeles. The finale airs on May 8th. After that, Fox Sports 1 has chosen to have the Mike Francesa show go an extra hour. Personally, I’d rather see an hour of Crowd Goes Wild than an extra hour of Francesa.
Anyways, what I thought gave this new show a boost over its competition was the uniqueness of it. It presented a fun atmosphere while giving unique takes on many big stories in sports. Along with the entertaining cast, there was plenty of guests on the show giving a first-hand perspective. In case, you have never seen the show, here is a brief look-in at the cast:
Georgie Thompson (@OfficiallyGT)
She is an English television broadcaster and has plenty of experience in sports broadcasting. She previously worked at Great Britain’s Sky Sports covering Formula 1 and has also covered events like Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Trevor Pryce (@Trevor_Pryce)
Pryce brings plenty of inside knowledge from the sports world having played a 14 year NFL career with the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets. He is a two-time Super Bowl champ as well.
Katie Nolan (@KatieNolan)
Katie is considered to be the digital correspondent for the show. She was previously with Guyism.com. You can still catch her show, No Filter, which airs on YouTube.
Michael Kosta (@MichaelKosta)
Kosta is a comedian that supplies plenty of humor in the show. Along with this, he brings a sports background in tennis where he played at the University of Illinois and professionally.
Jason Gay (@JasonWSJ)
Gay brings plenty of experience in the journalism industry. He currently writes for the Wall Street Journal. He has wrote for numerous other publications, including GQ and Rolling Stone.
Ultimately, I thought Crowd Goes Wild brought some new energy compared to the sports shows currently on TV. It didn’t have as many dull moments that I seem to witness with many of the shows currently on stations like ESPN and Fox Sports 1. A couple days ago, I saw #SaveCGW was trending in the United States, which truly is an indicator of the love it got from the people. All in all, well done cast of Crowd Goes Wild and I look forward to seeing each of you on later broadcasts.