"The Fight Game with Jim Lampley" premieres on Saturday night at Midnight EDT on HBO. A lot of people are excited, a lot seem unsure, but it's coming to us, and I for one am very interested to see if the show is as good as it could and should be. HBO Sports generally does a terrific job with things like this, and Lampley at his core is a great broadcast journalist, never mind my indifference toward him as a play-by-play man for much of the last few years.
Here's the trailer for the show:
I'll have a review of the show on Sunday. I don't know if I'll get to watch "live" on Saturday night, since we'll be covering the Viloria-Romero show starting at 9 p.m. EDT, but I definitely plan to set the DVR and watch after.
This show should be knocked out of the park, and I think boxing fans, even those of us plugged into everything daily, will wind up happy here. Fingers crossed, knock on wood. Hopefully it does well enough to get moved to a better timeslot -- I'd honestly love to see this show something like Thursdays at 10 p.m.
To give you an idea of how up-to-date they're trying to keep the show, the Peterson-Khan issue will be discussed on Saturday night's show. They're trying to stay as current and on top of things as possible for a recorded broadcast. I love what I've seen of Lampley's enthusiasm for this thing. He seems genuinely excited, licking his chops for the chance to do something like this again.