Finally, a “Jeopardy!” for those typically not touted for their brain cells: sports fanatics.
“Sports Jeopardy!” with host Dan Patrick debuts on Crackle later this year, and it won’t be hurting for contestants. More than 25,000 applicants have thrown their baseball caps in the ring to be a part of the new competition series, a spokesperson for the streaming service told TheWrap exclusively.
That’s quite a few, considering about 150 people will be selected to participate on the once-weekly show’s year-long run, and that the application process has only been open for about a month.
Auditions are underway with the final rounds taking place this weekend in New York City. They consist of a qualifying test of 30 clues in 30 sports-related categories.
For those who pass the initial test, the second phase of auditions will take place later that day with mock game play and a short interview.
“It seems that all of the fantasy sports addicts have found a way to cash in on all that invested time: by auditioning for ‘Sports Jeopardy!,'” Patrick told TheWrap. “Only the strong survive, so good luck to all the potential contestants and I’ll see you on the front lines.”
“What more could a network ask for than the No. 1 quiz show on television to be coupled with the star power of Dan Patrick — one of the top sportscasters in America?” added Eric Berger, executive vice president Sony Pictures Television Digital Networks and general manager, Crackle. “Given the outpouring of applicants in such a short period of time, it’s obvious that audiences everywhere agree and we’re excited for some ‘Sports Jeopardy!’ hopefuls to be a part of the success of the show on Crackle.”
“‘Sports Jeopardy!’ is set to become the first weekly quiz show to air original content on a connected television or streaming video platform. More than 25,000 contestant hopefuls from cities across America have already heeded the call to try out,” said executive producer Harry Friedman. “The strong registration numbers show just how eager they are to compete in a Jeopardy! game made just for sports fans.”