Thursday, July 23, 2015

Battle of the Network Stars

Long before they could embarrass themselves on reality television, television actors could embarrass themselves by competing in a network sporting competition. On ABC's Battle of the Network Stars, celebrities from the three major networks would compete against each other for a $20,000 prize for each member of the winning team.

The proceedings were hosted by Howard Cosell himself, who lent undeserved gravitas to the event.

The biggest attraction appeared to be the opportunity to see the celebrities getting soaked in various states of undress.

The advent of the fourth major network, coupled with Howard Cosell's retirement marked the end of this Battle. No doubt the larger pay checks commanded by the network stars also contributed to the demise of the show as well. After all, most of the stars would prefer a guaranteed payout these days.