Dan Le Batard, host of ESPN's The Dan Le Batard Show and Highly Questionable, is not impressed with Skip Bayless' new FOX Sports 1 show Undisputed.
During his radio show this week, Le Batard blasted FOX Sports 1's "embrace debate" strategy, and said that Undisputed blatantly ripped the same format as Bayless' old show, ESPN's First Take. Based on the little I've seen of the FS1 show, Le Batard is pretty spot on with his critique. He has taken to calling the show "First Fake."
Awful Announcing's Sean Keeley transcribed Le Batard's critique of Undisputed.
“They’ve got Lil Wayne on First Fake, this show with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. I can’t believe they’re just doing the same thing. I can’t believe that FOX is just doing First Fake. It’s just the same show with Shannon Sharpe as the other black guy.”
Le Batard is not the only ESPN-er to blast FOX Sports 1's strategy in recent days.
Last Wednesday, SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt went after the network, and railed against the notion that it is, in any way, cutting into ESPN's dominance in sports television.
“Jamie Horowitz is a guy that’s a friend, and every article he’s quoted in he mentions ‘SportsCenter’s’ failing ratings. And not one says, ‘Well how about [the Cowherd-Whitlock team-up] “Speak for Yourself,” which gets 50,000 people.’ We don’t have a single show that rates that badly. He gets constantly quoted talking about our ratings, and that is an astonishing thing that continues to happen. … At some point, if you’re going to talk [junk] about our ratings, you should be held accountable for yours. They’re not close. And by not close, I mean it’s like Washington to Los Angeles, not Washington to Baltimore. You’re a long, long, long, long flight away.
While ratings for ESPN programming like SportsCenter have fallen, none of the FOX Sports 1 shows that have launched with former ESPN talent, like Speak for Yourself or Undisputed have drawn large audiences thus far.