Starting today, ESPN2’s First Take has launched the “First Take, Your Take” viewer contest offering two winning fans the chance to debate Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman on national television. Viewers are invited to upload a one-minute video with their best original sports debate – by themselves – to FirstTakeYourTake.com. The rules and regulations for the chance to win are listed on the website.
The contest will run for six weeks and the deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Nov. 22. Two winners will be selected on November 23 by the First Take staff, and will travel to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to receive the full backstage experience and join Smith and Kellerman in a televised debate.
“My vision – for anything I do in this business – is to always have audience participation in some capacity, since there is no success without their interest and involvement,” said Smith. “So after years of interacting with folks on the streets, at the arenas and stadiums – even in the supermarkets – swearing they could debate like pros, I decided it would be great to give folks a chance to show what they’re made of. Let’s go!”
“We’re excited to showcase fans debating, which is the cornerstone idea behind the show,” said Antoine Lewis, ESPN Coordinating Producer for First Take. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the winners to get the full First Take experience, to actually sit at the debate desk right up there with Smith and Kellerman. It’s going to be fun for everyone.”
First Take is ESPN2’s weekday morning studio debate show featuring commentators Smith and Kellerman with host Molly Qerim. First Take airs weekday mornings from 10 a.m. – noon ET. Follow First Take on Twitter, Facebook or the Podcast for more updates and information.