Ok, I did not watch the first season at all. But I've spent the last day watching the replay of all of Season 1 on ESPN-Classic, and I have to admit, this is pretty gripping stuff. I am not a boxing fan. I don't really enjoy boxing. But I guess I find the storyline behind this a lot more "powerful" then most of the reality TV shows. Whereas in something like Trump's show or Survivor, the contestants don't really bare a lot of personal risk, "The Contender" seems to be all about personal risk. And I don't mean to their body - though that is true. I look at these guys getting their first shot at a career they hope to make a living in, and if they perform badly, then it basically ends any shot they have of making this a career for the rest of their lives. There is a lot of personal risk to what their life goals are; everyone, winners and losers, walk away completely changed in what their future will be. Some may go on and keep boxing, others will find themselves working as a dock worker or whatever. I really liked the behind the scenes look at the family stories, people who were supportive; guys who felt ashamed to talk to their educated girlfriend's family because they were following a non-educated career choice. I can get that this didn't find a mainstream network TV option, but this could be some great freaking programming for ESPN.