Skip Bayless may be FS1-bound, but he won't be involved in the network's first upcoming attempt at a debate-style sports show. First up, according to John Ourand at Sports Business Daily, is a Pardon the Interruption-style show starring former ESPN-ers Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock.
FS1 is launching a daily “PTI”-style show with Jason Whitlock and Colin Cowherd within the month, according to sources. The Monday-Friday afternoon show, which carries the working title “Speak for Yourself,” will be an opinion-based studio show that will anchor FS1’s weekday afternoon block. It is not clear whether the show will compete head-to-head with ESPN’s long-running “PTI,” which produces the highest ratings for ESPN outside of live games.
Whitlock is no stranger to the format, as he often filled in for Tony Kornheiser or Michael Wilbon on the ESPN hit late in his tenure at the network. He is often a guest on Cowherd's simulcast radio show The Herd, which currently runs on the network from 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET on weekdays.
FOX Sports 1's attempts to eat into ESPN's viewership have mostly failed thus far. Time will tell if this "embrace debate" double down helps the network make inroads.