Cari Champion returns to serve as a commentator on NBC’s hit athletic competition series “The Titan Games.”
Most recently Champion worked as a sideline reporter on ABC’s “Battle of the Network Stars” reboot and frequently appeared as a panelist on Steve Harvey’s daytime show, “Steve.”
For over four years Champion served as an anchor on ESPN’s flagship daily sports news studio show, “SportsCenter.” She co-anchored the noon ET “Coast to Coast” edition from Los Angeles along with Connecticut-based David Lloyd. Champion was originally named “SportsCenter” anchor in 2015 and in 2016 was named co-anchor for “SportsCenter Coast to Coast.”
Prior to her most recent role on “SportsCenter,” she served as co-host of “SportsNation,” ESPN’s energetic afternoon show. Champion joined LZ Granderson and numerous guests to discuss the day’s hottest and weirdest sports topics in 30-minute episodes.
In addition to her role at “SportsCenter,” Champion hosted a weekly podcast with espnW, “Be Honest with Cari Champion,” where she took an honest look at the world of sports and pop culture with the help of outspoken guests.
Previously, Champion also served as host of ESPN2’s “First Take,” where she shared the debate table with featured commentators Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith and moderated their debate topics while offering her perspective and insight.
We had the opportunity to interview Cari Champion about season 2 of ‘The Titan Games’ and departing from ESPN.
NBC’s hit athletic competition series “The Titan Games” returns for its second season on Monday, May 25 with a two-hour episode from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. Beginning June 1, “The Titan Games” will begin airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9 p.m. timeslot.
The 13-episode season from Universal Television Alternative Studio, A. Smith & Co. Productions and Seven Bucks Productions will offer everyday people the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in epic head-to-head challenges designed to test the mind, body and heart.
This season the competition breaks down into three regional brackets: West, Central and East. Within each region, Dwayne Johnson has selected one male and one female professional athlete to serve as Titans.
The pre-selected Titans are two-time Olympic gold-medal winning and current undisputed boxing world champion Claressa Shields, NFL Iron Man Legend and 10x Pro-Bowler Joe Thomas, Super Bowl champion Victor Cruz, Olympic gold-medal winning snowboarder Hannah Teter, professional stunt woman and star “American Ninja Warrior” Jessie Graff and five-time UFC champion Tyron Woodley. All have all accepted the challenge to join the competition.
During regional competition we will see two contenders of each gender battle in a best-of-three competition on epic new and fan-favorite obstacles. They are fighting for the chance to compete on Mount Olympus, Johnson’s all-encompassing final obstacle that tests strength, speed, stamina and heart. In order to become a Titan, the competitors will need to defeat one of Johnson’s professional Titans and then maintain that position on top of Mount Olympus.
Those who lose on Mt. Olympus will have a shot at redemption during the Regional Finals and one last chance to take on the reigning Titan. Ultimately, one male and one female will earn the title of Regional Champion and move on the finale.
In the finale, the reigning Titans will return to battle against one another, with one man and one woman emerging as Titan Champion and each winning a grand prize of $100,000. If one of the professional athletes wins, their prize money will go to a charity of their choosing.