Top 3 reasons the show failed:
3. Athletes are not good 1 hr interview subjects....Give an athlete two 5 minutes segments on Leno, where they set up some jokes and tell one funny story and they're all set. Over the course of a full show, there isn't much there -- unless they want to really tell their stories (clubs, groupies, gangs in their youth, training camp), which no image-conscience ahtlete will do.
2. SAS is not a good interviewer. He does not listen, he does not react. He simply asks the next question. He did not control the interview into the interesting areas, rather let the athletes control it - -and athletes don't know what is interesting
1. SAS was not SAS on the show. Fans of SAS want to see him. He still yelled, but he yelled complimants, not analysis. He became a loud James Lipton:
"SITTING HERE WITH THE GREAT REUBEN PATTERSON"
"NOW REUBEN WE ALL KNOW YOU ARE THE KOBE STOPPER"
"DON'T EVEN PLAY LIKE YOU ARE NOT - TELL ME SOMETHING...WHAT'S IT LIKE (whisper) stopping Kobe Bryant"
"its great, man"
"AND NOW YOU ARE ON THE MIL BUCKS"
"What that like"
"Well you know coach and Bogut and Villa, injuries, and everything else. Just going one game at a time"
"WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO THE GAME"
"You know, just execute and take it one game at a time"
"THAT'S GREAT MAN"