A forthcoming special on Fox – based on a Japanese format – is to find amateur and champion athletes square off in a series of bizarre challenges.
In the show, Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Missy Franklin, NFL player Rob Gronkowski and basketball player Scottie Pippen will be handed “absurd and hilarious” handicaps while they compete against amateurs who are given help in beating the champs. However, the more assistance an amateur requires, the less prize money – up to US$100,000 – will be awarded. The special will be hosted by Saturday Night Live alumnus Finesse Mitchell.
The Japanese version of Beat the Champions (pictured) has aired for more than a decade on TV Asahi. Distributor Eccho Rights has sold the format into Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, France and the Middle East.
Watch a teaser for the Fox version below: