Category Archives: Sports

Mark Burnett’s ‘The Contender’ with Andre Ward Sets Premiere Date/Announces Fighters

12-Episode Boxing Competition Series Set to Premiere on August 24

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*LOS ANGELES ? Premium pay television network EPIX? has announced the 16 fighters who will be facing off with one another for the championship belt on the revival of boxing franchise series The Contender this fall.

The highly anticipated 12-episode season, from MGM Television and Paramount Television, will premiere on EPIX on Aug. 24, 2018 at 10 PM ET/PT.

Hosted by undefeated boxing champion Andre “Son of God? Ward, the first-of-its-kind competitive documentary series for the network will feature 16 fighters pushing their limits in grueling elimination-style fights and testing their grit and determination to achieve their boxing dreams. The fighters will be overseen by legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, and renowned Philadelphia trainer Naazim Richardson.

?The Contender takes unscripted TV to its grittiest.  It has incredible professional fighters and real professional fights.  The edge of your seat drama and true stories sets a tone that our audiences will be expecting and I love it,? said Mark Burnett, President of MGM Television.

 ?With this new iteration of The Contender, the focus is on the gritty, personal stories of the fighters battling for boxing glory,? said Michael Wright, President, EPIX. ?It was important for us to find individuals who not only displayed the boxing chops and resilience in the ring, but who also showed a depth of heart and humor outside of it. Our 16 fighters are vivacious, tough, funny, sensitive, driven and inspiring, and we are excited for our fans to get to know their stories and root for them inside the ring and out.?

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China’s Soccer League’s Suffering From Newly Imposed Television Tattoo Ban

Tattoos have been growing in popularity all over the world, and many employers and workplaces are beginning to allow visible tattoos. The opposite seems to have occurred in China, however, as they banned tattoos and hip-hop from television late this past January.

The top media controller of the country made an announcement that they would now “specifically [require] that programs should not feature actors with tattoos [or depict] hip hop culture, sub-culture (non-mainstream culture) and dispirited culture (decadent culture),” according to a quote by Sina, a Chinese news outlet, published in a Time Magazine article.

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Sore Loser? Canadian Hockey Olympian Yanks Silver Medal Off Neck in Disgust

Feb 22, 2018; Gangneung, South Korea; Canada players react during the medal ceremony after losing to the United States in the women’s ice hockey gold medal match during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre. Mandatory Credit: David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports

*Well damn. Everybody can’t be first! Clearly Women’s Hockey Player, Jocelyne Larocque (that’s her pictured 2nd to left above), never got the memo. When the presentation ceremony presented medals to her and other Olympians just after the U.S. Women’s Hockey team kicked ass and took the Gold on South Korea, the disappointed Canadian player couldn’t get that 2nd Place Silver Medal off of her neck fast enough. Continue reading