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Shaq Vs.
Genre Reality, Competition
Starring Shaquille O'Neal
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 5
Executive producer(s) Steve Nash, Shaquille O'Neal, Scott Messick and Perry Rogers
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel ABC
Original run August 18, 2009 – Present
Status Renewed by ABC on February 13, 2010
Shaq (left) threw a ceremonial first pitch to Pujols at the Busch Stadium on August 11, 2009, 2 days before a home run derby.

Shaq Vs. is an American reality television show starring American basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It began airing on ABC August 18, 2009.

Shaquille O'Neal claims to be "the greatest athlete" and challenged numerous top athletes in their own sports, such as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in football, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, and beach volleyball Olympians Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. O'Neal reportedly stole the idea from Steve Nash, who hired an entertainment lawyer to address the issue and is now listed as an executive producer of the show.[1]

Mike Goldberg, play-by-play announcer for the UFC, and Pat Tomasulo, sports anchor at WGN-TV, co-host the show.

The show is produced for ABC by Dick Clark Productions and Media Rights Capital.[1]



Each episode included preliminary challenges, banter from news conferences, and O'Neal and his rival negotiating a handicap. In each episode Shaq and his competitor do some form of charity work. Shaq mentions quite often that he loves to see the smile on the little kids' faces. The laughs come from "trash talking," but "when it comes to competing, there is no joking," O'Neal says.[1]


Episode 1: Shaq vs. Ben Roethlisberger

  • Shaq takes on reigning Super Bowl champ Ben Roethlisberger in a quarterback challenge. Both men train at the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice facility before taking on a traditional 7-on-7 game at Ambridge High School in Ambridge, PA. Shaq started with the ball and both scored twice to tie the game at 14 points. Shaq completed a few big plays to the endzone while Roethlisberger preferred to move the ball methodically to score. However, on Shaq's ensuing possession, he threw a pass that was intercepted in the endzone, giving Roethlisberger a chance to win on the last possession. After working the ball some, Roethlisberger completed a pass to the back of the endzone, giving him the win.
    • Handicap: Shaq gets to start each possession at the 20-yard line while Ben must start at the 40-yard line.
    • Winner: Ben Roethlisberger (Final Score: 21-14)
  • First aired August 18, 2009
  • Viewers: 4.337 Million [2]

Episode 2: Shaq vs. Misty & Kerri[3]

  • Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, Olympic gold medalists in beach volleyball, battle Shaq and his partner, Olympic gold medalist Todd Rogers and their ceremonial coach (another Olympic gold medalist) Phil Dalhausser, in a 2-on-2 match in Hermosa Beach. The competition consisted of a best of three sets, using rally scoring, 1st to 11 points, and a regulation net for women's beach volleyball. After Shaq lost the first set, he briefly replaced his partner Todd Rogers with Kerri Walsh's husband, Casey Jennings, in order to "get in her head". Shaq also lost the second set by a score of 11-8.
    • Winner: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (Final Score: 11-6, 11-8)
  • First aired August 25, 2009
  • Viewers: 4.2 Million [4]

Episode 3: Shaq vs. Albert Pujols[5]

Episode 4: Shaq vs. Oscar de la Hoya[7]

  • Shaq battles championship fighter Oscar de la Hoya in a five-round heavy-hitting matchup at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV.
    • Handicap: Both fighters wore protective headgear. Also, instead of fighting 12 three-minute rounds, they fought four two-minute rounds with a one-minute fifth round.
    • Winner: Oscar De La Hoya (Unanimous Decision)
  • First aired September 8, 2009
  • Viewers: 3.85 Million [8]

Episode 5: Shaq vs. Michael Phelps[9]

  • Shaq takes on Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps in a series of swimming races at Mangione Aquatic Center at Loyola College in Maryland.
    • Handicap: Each race had its own different handicap (race 1 - Shaq swam 25m while Phelps swam 50m with a 5s. head start; race 2 - Shaq, Dana Vollmer, Rebecca Soni, and Ariana Kukors each swam a 50m segment of a 200m medley relay, while Phelps swam an individual 200m medley; race 3 - Shaq swam 50m while Phelps swam 75m).[10]
    • Winner: Michael Phelps (2 out of 3 races)
  • First aired September 15, 2009
  • Viewers: 4.34 Million [11]


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