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 Bank.net, 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)