Yesterday marked NCAA President Mark Emmert’s turn on the stand for the Ed O’Bannon class-action antitrust suit against the NCAA. He stated, according to reports, that amateurs served as the heart of college athletics, and said that paying players would cause some schools to pull sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay. He went on to claim that competition would be undermined in a system where some conferences offer payment for an athlete’s name and likeness while others do not and that schools would stockpile players and make competition even more challenging for smaller schools.
“To convert college sports into professional sports would be tantamount to converting it into minor league sports,” Emmert said. “And we know that in the U.S. minor league sports aren’t very successful either for fan support or for the fan experience.”
It’s so long to Universal TV for Mindy Kaling, who signed an exclusive, long-term overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group. Kaling had been at Universal TV for 15 years. Under her new pact, she’ll develop, write and produce TV projects at Warner Bros. TV, including comedy and drama series, longform/event series, unscripted programming and […]
Starz announced series development of Kin, a multi-generational family drama from writer Davita Scarlett (Queen Sugar, Constantine) and Hello Sunshine. Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies, Gone Girl) and Lauren Neustadter (Are You Sleeping) will serve as exec producers for Hello Sunshine alongside Scarlett, who developed the project with Chester Jones III (Hey Diddle Diddle).
NBC Sports Group President Pete Bevacqua is now being given the keys to oversee the entire NBC Sports Group portfolio, and is adding NBC Olympics, Production, and Operations, among others, to his areas of responsibility, effective immediately. Bevacqua had joined the company as President, NBC Sports Group last September and had been managing Programming, Marketing, […]
FOX Sports released plans for its “most expansive” Major League Baseball schedule to date with a lineup that includes the 2019 All-Star Game from Progressive Field in Cleveland as well as the American League Division Series and Championship Series airing across FOX, FS1, and FOX Deportes. The season culminates with exclusive coverage of the 115th […]
As for internet speculation that Whoopi Goldberg has been missing from The View lately because she’s been secretly prepping to host the host-less Oscars, View co-host Joy Behar set the record straight (we think). Four-time Oscars emcee Goldberg is recovering from pneumonia, said Behar, and is “not even well enough to host this show, much […]