“Shaq VS Michael Phelps” – Shaquille O’Neal will challenge 2009 14-time Gold Medal Olympian and World Champion Michael Phelps in a series of swimming races before a standing room only crowd at Mangione Aquatic Center at Loyola University, MD in the last installment of “Shaq VS,” the new competition series starring NBA superstar Shaquille O’ Neal, airing TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Leading up to the challenge, Shaq, who coins himself “Shaq-mu” for the swimming races, will learn the basics and get swimming tips from Michael Phelps’ swimming coach Bob Bowman. The three different races, one of which includes O’Neal being a part of a relay race team, will pit Baltimore hometown hero Michael Phelps against formidable foe Shaquille O’Neal after agreeing on handicaps for each different race. See if Shaq’s 7′ 1″ massive frame and reach will serve as an advantage against Phelps’ undeniable speed in the water once the races get underway.
Mike Goldberg and Pat Tomasulo host, while Charissa Thompson is the sideline reporter.
The series closely follows Shaq and his athletic adversary throughout the rigorous training process and the pre-game hype, including press conferences and interviews, all leading up to the final competition. To level the playing field, O’Neal will negotiate a handicap with his opponent in some events and train with a coach for one week leading up to each challenge.
“Shaq VS” is produced by Media Rights Capital in association with dick clark productions. Orly Adelson, Will Staeger and Barry Adelman of dick clark productions, Shaquille O’Neal, Scott Messick and Perry Rogers serve as executive producers.