Chris Matthews hosts this program which airs on MSNBC weekdays at 5 and 7 p.m. The program is named after a book Matthews published in the late 1980s Hardball: How Politics Is Played Told by One Who Knows the Game.

The format for the program includes a panel of guests including analysts and politicians who tackle a current political issue. Matthews is also the host of "The Chris Matthews Show" a weekly news program.

Although the host has worked for Democrats he also claims to be conservative on some issues.