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Host/Bartender
Tom Green
Hostess/Waitress
Shelly Gray
Announcer
Tony Pandolfo
Broadcast
Sportsontap
ESPN: 4/5/1994 – 9/30/1994, 1/3/1995 – 3/29/1995
Packager
Sande Stewart Television

Sports on Tap was the only sports game show taped in a sports bar.

GameplayEdit

Four contestants sat at the bar area and answered sports related trivia questions. This show's main feature was the format of choosing one of two half questions previously seen on the short-lived Your Number's Up & the failed pilot Twisters.

Round 1Edit

In Round 1, each contestant played individually. Each contestant was given $50 to start, then each contestant in turn picked a half question. Each time a question was chosen, host Green read the rest of the question, afterwhich the contestant in control answered. Each correct answer was worth $50 more and on the third question, the contestant in control bet as much of his money as he wanted. A correct answer added the wager, but an incorrect answer deducted the wager. So each player could earn up to $300 on their turns.

Rounds 2: Double PlayEdit

In this round, all four contestants faced-off simultaneously. On each question chosen by the player in control & finished by Tom, the first player to buzz-in with a correct answer won the money and a chance at a Double Play by choosing another question. Correct answers were worth $50, but incorrect answers deducted $50 (scores could never go below zero).

Round 3Edit

This round was similar to the Double Play round but without Double Plays, as all questions were toss-ups. This time correct answers were worth $100, and incorrect answers deducted $100.

Final Round: Playoff RoundEdit

In this round, the players were arranged & lined up according to their scores. The third & fourth place players stood at the bottom, the second place player stood in the middle, and the first place player stood at the top.

Face-offs were played with two players at a time with the leader of the two players choosing all the questions. Another thing the made this round different from other rounds was that instead of having a new question replacing the chosen one, there were two new questions every time. The first player to answer three questions correctly went on to face the next highest player. The two lowest scoring players played first with the winner of those two players facing off against the second place player. The winner of the second face-off won the right to battle the highest scoring player. And finally, the winner of the final face-off won the game, kept their winnings, and wrote down their name and that amount of money on a chalkboard (referred to as the "Winner's Board"). In addition, the same amount was put in a jackpot which could be claimed at the end of the week.

Friday FinalEdit

The winner also returned to play in Friday's game against the winners of the other games played that week. The winner of Friday's game won the combined total of all the daily winners' scores in addition to what they won during the game.

TournamentEdit

At the end of the season, the weekly winners returned for a tournament. The structure of the tournament was the same as the other weeks of the season (even down to its payoff scheme); however, the Grand Champion also won a grand cash bonus ($50,000 in Season 1 and $25,000 in Season 2).

TriviaEdit

Upon a player buzzing in to answer in the middle two rounds, his score flashed.

The time's up buzzer sound was taken from the 80s through 90s Pyramid (also a Stewart family show), which was used when players ran out of time to answer a question.

StudioEdit

Empire Studios, Burbank, CA

LinksEdit

The Sports Game Show Page: Sports on Tap

YouTube VideosEdit

Highlights of Tim Schaal's 1st appearance
Highlights of Tim Schaal's 2nd appearance