Shark Hunting show coming to NBC Sports


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I guess it’s shark hunting season. In 2001, Time magazine had a cover proclaiming the “Summer of the Shark.” I think it’s been replaced now by 2013.

First Sharknado, now a sports network show about shark hunting.

NBC Sports Network presents Shark Hunters, a new 60-minute outdoor fishing show featuring three, long-standing East Coast shark tournaments and five captains pitted against each other to catch the heaviest shark.


It premieres Wednesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. CST on NBC Sports Network, and will be followed by a second episode at 9. Episodes three through six will air on consecutive Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET through August 28.

The documentary-reality series features three East Coast shark hunting tournaments – each more than a quarter century old – and highlights five captains battling against each other, the sharks, rough conditions and the Atlantic. Anglers from all over the world venture to the Northeast Atlantic to compete. Approximately 630 boats will have a collective six days to catch the biggest shark.

Episodes one and two on Wednesday, July 31, feature the 27th Annual Star Island Yacht Club shark hunting tournament that took place in Montauk, N.Y.


Shark hunting? That is a sport right.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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  1. Ross Kluczinske says:

    Great idea! Let’s glamorize the killing of an animal that we already kill up to 100 million of every year and whose numbers have declined by about 90% over the last few decades. Real brilliant, NBC. Next make a show about competition to kill the biggest African Black Rhino. Oh wait, they’re already extinct. Same way sharks are going to go because of bull***t like this.

  2. Patrizia Galli says:

    A sport??? This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever read. Are you aware of what is happening to our oceans??? What about preserving life instead of destroying it?? Great show, yes… What a shame!

  3. Markus Moenig says:

    Deeply saddened by this. How low can you guys go.

  4. Kim Peralta says:

    This is barbaric and cruel. Please don’t let this show go on.

  5. this is barbaric and cruel,please dont let tjis show go on

  6. I think these idiots should jump in the water with a speedo and a bowie knife. Even up the odds a little. Then lets see who is the tough guy. I would watch that.

  7. Who are the sponsors of this show? That is where the leverage is.

  8. paulmbanks says:

    Hey I’m not endorsing this. I’m just reporting it. You guys all make good points. Especially this last one. You all need to make your voices heard to NBC. And commenting here is a good start. Obviously, like Dave P says you need to reach the show sponsors

  9. Utterly disgusting. A bunch of fat guys in a boat hook a shark, pull it to the boat, gaff it with giant hooks and watch it die and congratulate each other. Ranks right up there with shark finning.
    Who are the show sponsors? For shame. Shark populations are collapsing all over the world and this is how little, little men feel big.

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