Sunday Shows Scoping Out Sports World

By Alex Weprin Comment

Without an election in the near future, at least a few of the Sunday public affairs shows are branching out this weekend and covering something even more ingrained into the national psyche: sports.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” will be dedicating its show this week on “The Emergence of gay Athletes,” featuring interviews with Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, among others. The show comes as NBA player Jason Collins came out of the closet in Sports Illustrated, becoming one of the big news stories of the week.

“Fox News Sunday” meanwhile will see Chris Wallace interviewing boxing legend Mike Tyson (see the photo above). Wallace talks to Tyson about how he blew through hundreds of millions of dollars, and how he has been trying to turn his life around.

“Meet the Press” has former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo booked to talk about acceptance for gay players in the sports world. Ayanbadejo will also be on “Face the Nation.”

We will update with ABC’s “This Week” when we see the guest list.

Update: “This Week” isn’t touching the sports world, instead leading with a Warren Buffett interview.

Collins of course broke his silence to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and ABC says that the interview will likely come up in conversation, even if there aren’t any sports guests.