Game show where teams of famous athletes compete to win sporting goods for a favorite charity by answering questions about famous sports events; the game concludes with a "Bonus Biography" round where a famous sports athlete's story is read while the subject is silhouetted; and the teams must solve his/her life story and then he/she shows up.
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"Sports Challenge" was broadcast for eight seasons (1971-1979) with Dick Enburg as Host and Master of Ceremonies on CBS' Saturday sports program interview game show format. "Sports Challenge" went above normal game show cliché and made their titular challenge about professional athletes talking about other professional athletes. The only way this could have been more in their wheelhouse would be if they had baseball players compete by hitting Nerf balls off of a tee. The entire production felt like a sporting event. Two teams of three would face each other in a battle of sports smarts with the winner receiving money for a previously chosen athletic charity or group of their choice. Not only would the teams be two of the top teams in their leagues, but the players themselves were nothing to scoff at. These weren't bench players appearing on a game show because they needed the extra publicity. Most game show 3 member teams were the most popular players and personalities of their time. A game show episode in which the "Boston Celtics" went up against the "Green Bay Packers." Bill Russell, Red Auerbach and John Havlicek vs. Willie Davis, Paul Hornung and Jerry Kramer (the Celtics were a popular team, Cousy and Sharman would appear in another episode with Auerbach). Probably one of many favorite clips of this show was because Dick Enburg kept referring to the Celtics' team as the "champs." Because their team was defending their game show crowns on this episode. Who doesn't want to see Bill Russell answer an obscure jockey question about the Kentucky Derby at the drop of a hat? The "Sports Challenge" title dictated the athletic participation of each sport's game show guest answering questions posed by the show-host Dick Enberg. The syndicated 3 video-camera color video-taped television game show, 30 minutes in duration, had Dick Enberg standing center stage at a podium flanked on his camera left with a panel desk seated 3 member defensive team panel, and on his camera right with a panel desk seated 3 member opposing team. The "Sports Challenge" game show format featured interview exchanges between Dick Enberg in a casual relaxed atmosphere, allowing the sports guests to inter-react with Enberg and with each other, resulting with jokes, hilarious reminiscent professional sports experiences, locker-room pranks, in their individual representative sport activity. See more