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With new network, Fox to challenge ESPN

Who would have predicted, say, five years ago that former New York Giants star Michael Strahan would be the popular cohost of a daytime talk show with Kelly Ripa, while his predecessor, Regis Philbin, would be preparing for the debut of his own sports talk show on a fledgling but potentially powerful new outlet?

Maybe the silly unpredictability of the Strahan/Philbin role reversal is a telling statement on the current hypercompetitive, it’s-so-crazy-it-might-just-work state of sports cable television.

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