FIFA Head Sepp Blatter Refused Ideas For Transparency Says Anti-Corruption Expert On Tonight’s 60 MINUTES SPORTS on SHOWTIME


Blatter Refused Ideas For Transparency, Including Likening FIFA To A Sovereign State When Rejecting A Call For Independent Executive Committee Members

“If he’s comparing himself to a sovereign state instead of the non-profit that FIFA is we’ve got real obstacles here.” – Alexandra Wrage. 

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NEW YORK (June 3, 2015) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been called a Mafia Don for the way he ran the international soccer organization whose top executives are now under U.S. indictment for corruption.  Blatter earned that reputation, says a former member of FIFA’s International Governance Committee, with his arrogant words and behavior that she saw first-hand and caused her to resign in disgust.  The former IGC member and anti-corruption specialist Alexandra Wrage, speaks with Armen Keteyian on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, premiering tonight, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

Blatter’s public comments seemed to play right into “The Godfather” metaphors says Wrage, “Mr. Blatter himself has used comments about ‘the football family’ and keeping it inside the family,” she tells Keteyian.  “A recent quote when he said that he can forgive but he never forgets, it’s almost as if he is playing to that theme himself.”

FIFA, looking to quell increasing amounts of criticism, set up the IGC a few years ago to help reform the organization. But Wrage says Blatter rejected a basic idea embraced by most corporations.  She says the FIFA president made an imperious comment when she made a suggestion to add a few independent members to his executive committee to create transparency.  “When I made that suggestion directly to him, his response was–noting that I am Canadian–that if the Canadian parliament wouldn’t have independent advisors then FIFA shouldn’t either.

“And I thought, ‘If he’s comparing himself to a sovereign state instead of the non-profit that FIFA is we’ve got real obstacles here.’”

Wrage says she resigned in disgust.  “There was really clear evidence in my mind that we were just going to be used as window dressing…One of the last comments I heard on the day that I resigned was that perhaps we could be configured as an IGC-lite,” she recalls.  “Really for me…that was the final straw.”

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Click HERE To Check Out Sabathia’s Closet:

NEW YORK (June 2, 2015) – They spend hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars on their precious shoes.  They will wait overnight in lines to purchase new editions.  They trade them; they resell them at a profit.  They just have to have them.  Who and what drives these “sneakerheads” in their seemingly obsessive hobby?  As Pam Oliver finds out, it’s sneakerhead royalty like Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia and the Giants’ wide receiver Victor Cruz.  It’s also a shoe hoarder who straddles the hip-hop and pro sports world who goes by the nickname “Pecas,” who may be the king of sneakerheads with 1,500 pairs.   Go inside this glitzy, trendy corner of the multi-billion dollar sports shoe industry on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS this Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.

The “sneakerhead” trend was born out of the fascination with expensive Air Jordan shoes from Nike and the hip-hop crowd who became high profile models for them.  Nowadays it’s special editions, game-worn shoes, autographed shoes and more, driving an interest among collectors in what used to be just a pair of sneakers.

Shawn Costner, known as “Pecas” –“freckles” in Spanish – came from the hip-hop world and now works for Jay Z’s sports agency.  It’s a perfect pedigree for his sneaker obsession, something he began as a boy in Brooklyn, N.Y.  It’s an influential urban culture he describes in the urban parlance.   “Whatever the urban kids are wearing …whatever they say is the next flyest thing, that’s what’ll be the next fly thing…You want to have the fly stuff.   You want to have the cool stuff.  You just want to be fly,” he tells Oliver during an interview in his home, in which sports shoes can be found in nearly every room.

Manufacturers like Nike will send special shoes they produce to influencers like Pecas, who often can be seen with the likes of music star Rihanna.  But sports stars drive even more interest in the sport shoe collecting world.  As big influencers, they get sent free pairs, too.  Some, like New York Giants’ Cruz – who owns hundreds of pairs — will still spend big money to buy more.  Oliver went shopping with him when he spent $550 on a single pair.

“It’s not so much about the shoes.  It’s about the stories,” says Cruz.  He can afford as many as he wants now, but that wasn’t always the case.  “A time from when I was younger… a pair that I could never get… the pair, my mother was, like, ‘You can’t have,’” he remembers with a laugh.

Sabathia keeps his huge collection in several large, glass-fronted closets with climate-control features.   It’s a virtual Nike footwear museum.  Oliver gets a tour from Sabathia and his wife, Amber.  Says the Yankee ace, “I always wanted to be Jordan, and be a part of the brand… And to be able to put the brand on the field, it’s awesome,” he says.   Asked by Oliver if she ever razzes her husband the way men give grief to women for their shoe-hoarding habits, Amber replies, “This is what he collects, this is his thing… he’s a sneakerhead.”

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Deontay Wilder To Defend WBC Heavyweight Title On June 13 Against Eric Molina, Live on SHO At 9p ET/6p PT




Tickets Are On Sale Now!

ALL ACCESS: Deontay Wilder Premieres June 3 On SHOWTIME

Birmingham, Ala. (May 14, 2015) – Undefeated Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will make the first defense of his title when he faces Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs), of Raymondville, Texas, in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on Saturday, June 13, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

In the co-feature, undefeated Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, will be opposed by Andrey Klimov (19-1, 9 KOs), of Klimovski, Russia, in a 12-rounder for the vacant IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship.

The 6-foot-7 Wilder captured the heavyweight world championship with an impressive 12-round unanimous decision over defending titleholder Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17 on SHOWTIME.  It was the first time the hard-hitting Wilder, 29, had fought more than four full rounds and the only time in his seven-year career that one of his fights went to the judges.  By winning, he became the first undefeated American to win a heavyweight title since Michael Moorer in 1994.

Molina, a 6-foot-5 southpaw, possesses punching power that commands respect and makes him a dangerous proposition for any opponent.  He has won five in a row, three straight by knockout, including an eighth-round TKO over Raphael Zumbano Love on the Wilder-Stiverne undercard.  If triumphant, the aggressive-minded 32-year-old would become the first Mexican-American heavyweight world champion.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Bruno Event Team are on sale now.  Tickets start at only $25 with the best seats in the house going for $200.  VIP packages are also available.  To purchase tickets fans should visit  Tickets are selling fast and a sellout is anticipated.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to defend my heavyweight championship in my home state,’’ Wilder said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.

“It was one of my dreams to win a world title. This was my other dream to be able to defend it before all my fans in Alabama. I can’t wait until fight night to step into the ring and see the whole state coming out to support me.”

“I remember just a few months ago watching Deontay get ready for the biggest fight of his life,” Molina said.  “I thought to myself, ‘someday, that’ll be me.’  I stared with envy not knowing that a few months later I’d get my turn.

“Winning the heavyweight world championship is my dream.  Just as it was Deontay’s dream, it’s mine now.  He had his turn, though it will be short-lived.  I will become the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion.  Guaranteed.  So, champ, come prepared for war.  I’m coming to kick some ass.”

“Deontay Wilder is the first American to hold a heavyweight championship in years and one of the most exciting fighters in the division. His homecoming in Birmingham will be electric,’’ promoter Lou DiBella said. “The opening bout will be Jose Pedraza’s opportunity to establish himself as Puerto Rico’s next champion and a rising star. It will be a great night of boxing on SHOWTIME.’’

“We are excited to work with DiBella Entertainment to bring the first ever heavyweight boxing championship to the State of Alabama,” said Gene Hallman, president and CEO of Bruno Event Team, a nationwide leader in sports event management.  “Alabama’s Deontay Wilder always puts on a show, so we expect the arena to sell out for this world heavyweight championship.”

“Deontay made an emphatic statement with his performance in January that he is one of the current and future stars of this sport, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back to SHOWTIME for his first title defense, ” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager SHOWTIME Sports.  “But we all know that one punch can change everything in the heavyweight division and Eric Molina will be coming to Alabama to prove just that.”

ALL ACCESS: Deontay Wilder, which chronicles the champion’s Jan. 24 homecoming parade in Tuscaloosa and his preparation for the upcoming title defense, premieres on Wednesday, June 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Wilder, the first United States-born heavyweight champion since Shannon Briggs won the WBO belt in November 2006, was born and raised in Tuscaloosa.  He’s fought in Alabama five times, although the bout on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will mark the first occasion he’s fought outside of Tuscaloosa (four times) or Mobile (once).  This will be the first fight in his home state since August 2012.

Wilder started boxing at the age of 21 after his daughter Naieya (pronounced nie-EE-ya) was born with spina bifida.  Despite his late start in boxing, Wilder would go on to represent the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games, where he won a bronze medal.  He is the last American male boxer to medal in the Olympics.

Until going the distance against Stiverne, Wilder hadn’t come close to putting in a full night’s work since turning pro in November 2008.  The then-virtually untested slugger had fought a total of 58 rounds, an average of 1.8 rounds per outing.  He’s registered 18 knockouts in the first round, eight in the second.

Molina, who resides in Weslaco, Texas, is a big slugger, rugged and strong.  He has good skills and movement and, like Wilder, got a belated start in boxing but has had only two defeats as a professional.

“The Drummer Boy” is on a roll, coming off five consecutive victories. Molina’s matchup with Wilder will be his first shot at a world title.

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“WILDER VS. MOLINA, a 12-round fight for Wilder’s WBC Heavyweight Championship, takes place Saturday, June 13, at The Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. DiBella Entertainment and Bruno Event Team have joined forces to bring this event to Alabama. It will air live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT). The telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).  Preliminary bouts will be televised live on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Generates 4.4 Million Plus Domestic Pay-Per-View Buys



Generates Combined Total Revenues In Excess of $500 Million

NEW YORK (May 12, 2015)—The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time.  Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone.  With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts.  The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc.

The welterweight world championship unification bout nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013.

Live gate receipts for the star-studded event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena produced more than $71 million in revenue, dramatically eclipsing the previous live gate record of $20 million (for Mayweather vs. Canelo) for both the sport of boxing and Las Vegas.

Additionally, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao set the record for closed circuit admissions and revenue both in Las Vegas and at establishments nationwide.  The event sold nearly 46,000 closed circuit admissions at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas alone and was available at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments throughout the U.S.

Distributed in 175 countries worldwide, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was available in essentially 75 percent of the world’s territories, setting the revenue record for international distribution.

As reported last week, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao drew enormous numbers on social media.  For example, Facebook reported that 37 million unique people contributed more than 115 million interactions from the start of the event to 30 minutes following its completion, a new record for a boxing event.

The May 2 promotion included unprecedented marketing and cross-promotional support from distributors as well as record revenue from the event’s major sponsors.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was a 12-round welterweight world championship unification bout promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and co-produced and co-distributed by HBO PPV® and SHOWTIME PPV®.

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Mayweather Goes In-Depth on Pacquiao Injury, the Possibility of a Rematch and Fighting Beyond Next September

SHOWTIME Premiere of World Championship Bout—Mayweather vs. Pacquiao—at 9 p.m. ET/PT Followed by Exclusive Interview and the Premiere of “INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO Epilogue”

NEW YORK (May 7, 2015)—Sports Emmy® Award winning reporter Jim Gray of SHOWTIME Sports® sat down with pound-for-pound champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather for an exclusive and candid interview late Tuesday night, just days after Mayweather dominated Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao en route to a 12-round unanimous decision victory last Saturday night in Las Vegas. The interview will premiere this Saturday, May 9, on SHOWTIME immediately following the network’s premiere of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao (9 p.m. ET/PT).

In the interview, Mayweather addresses the claim made by Pacquiao’s camp that the Philippine fighter sustained an injury to his right shoulder that hampered his ability during the bout.  Mayweather also discusses the possibility of a rematch with Pacquiao and fighting beyond his next scheduled event in September.

“Absolutely not,” Mayweather told Gray when asked if he could detect a problem with Pacquiao’s shoulder during the bout.  “He was fast.  His left hand was fast.  His right hand was fast and he was throwing them both fast and strong.

“Excuses, excuses, excuses,” continued Mayweather, who remains undefeated in his professional career with 48 wins, no losses and no draws.

“I’m not going to buy into the bull—… and I don’t want the public to buy into the bull—-.  He lost.  He knows he lost.  I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this.”

Mayweather goes on to address the possibility of a rematch.

“Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again?  Yeah, but I change my mind,” said Mayweather.  “At this particular time, no, because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward… If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter.’”

The compelling interview will air immediately following the SHOWTIME premiere of the welterweight world championship unification bout at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  The interview will be immediately followed by the premiere of INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO Epilogue, the acclaimed original documentary series from SHOWTIME Sports.

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Cape Cod Summer Baseball League Featured On 60 MINUTES SPORTS This Wednesday On SHOWTIME

60-Minutes-Sports-showtimeOn the Next Edition of “60 MINUTES SPORTS”


Cape is Rivaling Dominican Republic, Japan and Cuba as a Source of Big League Talent

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NEW YORK (May 5, 2015) – You can’t get much closer to pure baseball than the Cape Cod Summer Baseball League.  There is no admission, seats are usually on the grass and future major leaguers play their hearts out for room and board.  It’s strictly amateur, but as Sharyn Alfonsi finds out, this home-spun league, which attracts the best college baseball players in America and the professional scouts, is one of the biggest sources of Major League Baseball talent in the world.   Alfonsi’s report from Cape Cod will be featured on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, Wednesday, May 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, only on SHOWTIME.

“This league is the best amateur league in the world, bar none,” says Mike Roberts, who coaches the team in the town of Cotuit.  He retired after 20 years as the baseball coach at the University of North Carolina, where his connections help him bring talent to Cape baseball. “Each team kind of has their pockets that they recruit [from] different schools, different coaches they’re friends with,” he tells Alfonsi.

Such recruiting is why more than 1,100 players who made the majors have spent at least a season playing on Cape Cod.  Current big leaguers who played summer ball on Cape Cod include Yankee slugger Mark Teixiera and Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria.  Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas also played on the Cape.

All that talent makes the league a boon for major league scouts.  Nick Hostetler scouts for the Chicago White Sox and says the Cape is the place to find the best college players all in one place.  But he has competition.  How many scouts come out to a game?  “There could be anywhere from 20 to 50 guys at one game,” says Hostetler.

Paul Galop, commissioner of the Cape Cod Baseball League, sums it up: “The scouts all come because they know the best players are here and the best players want to come here because they know the scouts are here,” he says.   Add to that the folksy atmosphere and you have a classic cultural tableau.  “Norman Rockwell somewhere is smiling down because what he had in mind happens here five times a night on Cape Cod…people on blankets, families that are together.”

The ball players stay with families in town who provide room and board as a matter of civic pride, love of the game and a chance to live with future sports stars.  Ashby Crafts has been hosting players on her small farm for 14 years.  As she shows pictures of her former charges, she points to the ones who made the pros.  She says she gets attached to them. “You say goodbye to your friend, but you hope you see them on national TV very shortly,” she tells Alfonsi.

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Yao Ming Tells Lesley Stahl Why His Mother Didn’t Want Him to Play in the System

NEW YORK (May 4, 2015) – Former NBA star Yao Ming says his mother didn’t want him to play basketball in China’s government-run sports system, Lesley Stahl reports in a story that looks at the problems China’s sports system is facing and how it is trying to change with the times.  Stahl’s report airs on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, Wednesday, May 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.

Yao, who is over 7 feet tall, takes Stahl inside the Shanghai Sports Institute, where some of China’s elite athletes train and where Yao honed the basketball skills he would later use playing for the Houston Rockets.  But when he was young, Yao says, his mother didn’t want him to enter the sports system at all; she wanted him to go to a regular school, get a good education, and perhaps get a scholarship to college.  Instead, he spent his teenage years living at the Sports Institute and training day-in and day-out.  “First of all, how many sons really listen to their mom?”  Yao says with a laugh.   He tells Stahl he received only about 10 hours of education a week when he was training at the Institute, and that’s why he’s back in school now, at age 34, trying to get his college degree.

“How are you doing [in college]?” Stahl asks.  “Don’t ask,” Yao replies.

China’s sports system was based on the Soviet model.   It grooms athletes from an early age, and succeeded in winning 51 gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the most for a nation.  But the system has been less successful at promoting fitness for the masses and preparing athletes for life in China’s new and more market-oriented workplace.

Stahl interviews Zhang Shangwu – a star gymnast who tore his Achilles tendon and today performs in the streets of Beijing for spare change.  “There’s a big gap between you and the outside world,” he told Stahl. “And you have no skills to make a living,” says Zhang.

Stahl also talks with Sang Lan, a gymnast who was paralyzed in an accident during the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York.  At the time, the Chinese team did not have accident insurance for its athletes.  “I had to depend on myself,” Sang Lan says, recalling how she had to rebuild her life after returning to China in a wheelchair.

China’s General Administration of Sport told 60 MINUTES SPORTS that there is now an accident insurance program for athletes, who are now required to attend at least 12 hours of classes a week.  Susan Brownell, an American professor who has studied the Chinese sports system, says there have been problems implementing those changes, but the Chinese really do want reform.

“There tends to be…a stereotype of this fixed, unchanging Red Machine that was borrowed from the Soviets and never changed,” Brownell says.  “And in fact….it’s evolved, it’s changed over time.  And so it’s not a fair stereotype to think of it that way. “

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao & INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO Epilogue To Premiere Next Saturday On SHOWTIME



Delayed Telecast Begins At 9 p.m. ET/PT Immediately Followed By


Saturday’s welterweight unification showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will premiere on SHOWTIME® next Saturday, May 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  The delayed telecast of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will feature exclusive analysis from SHOWTIME boxing experts and will be immediately followed by the premiere of INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO Epilogue.  The Sports Emmy Award-Winning “Epilogue” shines the spotlight on fight week and takes viewers inside the ropes and into the mind of a prizefighter like no other show on television.

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CBS & SHOWTIME Announce Full, Multi-Platform Programming Schedule Surrounding Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

hbo-fightSHOWTIME Sports Offering More Than A Dozen Hours of First-Run Shoulder Programming Including Documentary Series INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO

NEW YORK (April 24, 2015) – Showtime Networks Inc. and parent company CBS Corporation have scheduled a broad range of programming and promotion across the Company’s diverse portfolio of media platforms in anticipation of the showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, May 2.

SHOWTIME Sports® is anchoring the charge with 13½ hours of first-run shoulder programming, including its acclaimed documentary series INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO, classic fights and a comprehensive offering of digital assets.

In addition, the CBS Television Network will run promotional spots in primetime and late-night programming throughout fight week.  This will be supplemented with marketing support and editorial coverage from CBS Sports Digital, significant coverage across CBS Sports Radio and a dozen CBS Radio stations throughout the country, and a robust schedule of shoulder programming and marketing support on CBS Sports Network.

“The Company is uniquely positioned to support an event of this magnitude with media assets across virtually every medium,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “We’re grateful for the company-wide support and look forward to an all-encompassing push leading to May 2 leading into this milestone sports event.”


INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO delivers a unique perspective of the pound-for-pound champion Mayweather in the weeks leading up to the marquee event. The four-part documentary series from SHOWTIME Sports includes the Sports Emmy Award-winning “Epilogue” which shines the spotlight on Fight Week and takes viewers inside the ropes on Fight Night.  A full schedule of the four-part series is detailed below.


CBS Television Network will run Mayweather vs. Pacquiao promos during primetime and late-night throughout Fight Week.

CBS owned and operated television stations throughout the country have been actively engaged in coverage of the event since the March 11 kick-off press conference in Los Angeles.  These affiliate stations, located in the nation’s top markets, will have access to all the news and footage of fight week through the distribution network of CBS Newspath.

CBS Sports Network will provide live Fight Week coverage from Las Vegas, including the official Weigh-In on Friday, May 1 (6 p.m. ET), as well as immediate reaction and analysis following the fight and the post-fight press conference.   During the week leading up to the bout, the Network also will air encore presentations of classic Mayweather fights and INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO episodes

CBS Sports Digital has launched a landing page at, a one-stop shop for everything Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.  The ‘Tier 1’ support from CBS Sports Digital includes static homepage promotions, additional marketing and significant editorial coverage on all digital platforms, including breaking news, commentary and placement of live event streams.

CBS Radio is backing May 2 with stations from 10 of the country’s top markets broadcasting live from MGM Grand, including WFAN in New York, KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, KRLD-FM in Dallas and WIP-FM in Philadelphia.  Additionally, CBS Sports Radio’s nationally syndicated “The Doug Gottlieb Show” and (Scott) “Ferrall On The Bench” will be in Las Vegas for Fight Week.  “The Doug Gottlieb Show” is simulcast on CBS Sports Network on Friday, May 1.

CBS Radio coverage also includes a special broadcast hosted by WFAN’s No. 1 morning show personalities Boomer and Carton on Saturday prior to the fight from 6-8 p.m. ET.  The program is available on WFAN, CBS Sports Radio, and select CBS Radio stations nationwide. The special also will be simulcast for television on CBS Sports Network.

CBS Local Digital Media has created a comprehensive array of online audio, video and editorial features to promote the fight which can be experienced across a variety of digital and mobile platforms.

#MayPac:Daily is a daily online show hosted by SHOWTIME Sports personality Mauro Ranallo.  The series will deliver the buzz of Fight Week in Las Vegas with special guests from sports and entertainment, insider analysis and more.  Taped live from the casino floor at MGM Grand, #MayPac:Daily will be posted nightly TuesdayFriday on and

Additionally, the SHOWTIME Sports digital team is working closely with SnapChat to deliver exclusive content, launching a new boxing blog on TUMBLR called Pound for Pound, and working with Twitter on a unique feature capturing the years of social conversation leading to #MayPac.

Classic Floyd Mayweather fights are being offered across the premium network’s portals, including nightly on SHOWTIME EXTREME, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.  Those platforms will also offer the media workouts of Mayweather and Pacquiao and the live stream of the final press conference.  Fans can tune-in to the final stare-down between the fighters on Friday, May 1 when SHOWTIME airs WEIGH-IN LIVE: MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO.

SHOWTIME Sports also delivers a host of short-form content available across multiple platforms, including original music videos, Mayweather greatest hits, a Spanish web analysis and more.

Below is a sampling of select SHOWTIME programs and air times:

    • Episode 2 premieres Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
    • Episode 3 premieres Wednesday, April 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME
    • Epilogue premieres Saturday, May 9
  • WEIGH-IN LIVE: MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO: Friday, May 1 at 6 ET/3 PT, live on SHOWTIME
  • COUNTDOWN LIVE: MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO: Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, live on SHOWTIME

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Top Fighters Of This Generation Prepare To Square Off

On Saturday, May 2 At The MGM Grand Garden Arena

LAS VEGAS (April 24, 2015) – There is just over one week until Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao square off for their epic welterweight championship showdown taking place Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena that will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

While fans have gotten glimpses into the lives of these fighters through preview shows and social media postings, there are still many aspects of their lives that the public knows nothing about. Before training camp ends and the fighters lace up for fight night, take a look at some interesting things that you might not know about Mayweather and Pacquiao.


1.  Twizzlers are one of his go-to favorite snacks

2. Ramen noodle soup is one of his favorite meals and he doesn’t like 5 star restaurants

3. Averages over 1000 sit-ups a day during training camp

4. He doesn’t use ketchup or mustard on hotdogs but uses BBQ sauce

5. A guilty pleasure is playing Mega Touch and holding the highest scores in every game on there- his favorites are Spades, Dominos and word scrambles.

6. The movie Troy with Brad Pitt is one he likes to watch over and over again.

7. Every juice he drinks during training camp is made from scratch

8. When out to eat, He always orders a glass of hot water to let his silverware soak in the glass before using them.

9. The tree trunks he has been using to chop wood are brought in from Big Bear and weigh nearly 700 pounds each.

10. He gets a manicure and pedicure at home once a week during training camp

11. He doesn’t use a microwave, only eats food cooked and heated up on a stove and in an oven.

12. His morning routine includes brushing teeth for 10 straight minutes.

1 He eats steamed white rice and chicken or beef broth at almost every meal

  1. Manny will only drink hot or room temperature water.  Never cold water because he feels it is not healthy
  1. Manny averages over 2,500 sit-ups daily during training camp
  1. Manny eats five meals and consumes 8,000 calories daily to keep his weight and energy up
  1. Manny regularly has 500 fans follow him on his morning runs in Los Angeles
  1. He starts every morning with a Bible reading
  1. He loves his Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups
  1. Over the past 12 months Manny has met with President Obama, President Clinton and Prince Harry
  1. Pacman, Manny’s nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier and beloved companion, accompanies Manny on all his morning runs and to his workouts at Wild Card.  He even has his own frequent flier account
  1. Manny is a Lt. Colonel in the reserve force of Philippine Army
  1. Floyd Mayweather will be the third consecutive undefeated world champion Manny has faced in the past 13 months
  1. Manny is a big photography buff.  This week he purchased two Canon flagship cameras – the 1DX — complete with lenses and accessories.

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John Wall Doesn’t Feel He Gets The Respect He Deserves, Melvin Gordon Talks NFL Draft And Jay Feely Is Not a Tebow Fan Wednesday, On JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME, Premieres at 9p ET/PT on SHO


JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME® Premieres Wednesday, April 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME; Encores all week long on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®

Watch Jay Feely Call Tebow “the single worst quarterback I ever saw in my career in the NFL.”

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LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2015) – Washington Wizards point guard John Wall talks Paul Pierce, elite point guards in the league and what lies ahead as he looks to lead his team deep into the playoffs on this week’s episode of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME this Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Plus, Heisman Trophy finalist and NFL-bound record-breaking running back Melvin Gordon discusses the NFL draft while wearing a Dallas Cowboys’ jersey and NFL veteran Jay Feely calls Tim Tebow the worst quarterback he ever saw during his career in the NFL.

Appearing on this week’s edition of The Forum were Feely, New York Times best-selling author Jeff Pearlman and former NBA All-Star and current basketball analyst Jerry Stackhouse as they debated Tebow, Johnny Manziel’s road to recovery and Lebron James’ legacy.

Additional highlights from the show include an in-depth Front Row interview with Amy Van Dyken, a six-time Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming who became a paraplegic in an ATV accident less than a year ago. Rome also throws 10 questions at UFC President Dana White.

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s show:

JIM ROME: “You’ve gone to back-to-back All Star games, you’re in the playoffs for a second straight year, so do you feel like you’re finally getting the respect you deserve?”

JOHN WALL: “A little bit here and there. I’m one of two guards this season to average a double-double. I’m not one of those guys that’s going to average 25 points, but averaging 18-20 points with almost 10 assists is good to me and that’s the reason I should be in that discussion [among the league’s top guards].

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MELVIN GORDON: “All you hear is that Todd Gurley is the special [running] back among the group. I want to be the first [running] back taken. I feel we’re both special, but I’m a special [running] back. I like to show [it] with my actions, but if I have to come out and tell you that I’m a special guy so you don’t overlook me, I will.

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On Tim Tebow:

JAY FEELY: “Tim Tebow is such a dichotomy for me. I really respect the person, the man, the things that he believes in, the things he does off the field; he was the single worst quarterback I ever saw in my career in the NFL.”

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On Lebron James:

JAY FEELY: “He’s the best player in the league. How can he not go and win a championship? If he doesn’t win a championship, it’s a failure of a season.”

JEFF PEARLMAN: “I actually think our expectations are kind of crazy here. He has revitalized basketball in Cleveland, a city that had no pulse whatsoever.”

JERRY STACKHOUSE: “He had two Hall of Famers with him in Miami [Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh]. Now, he’s got young players that haven’t even been in the playoffs, so I think it’s a little unrealistic to think that they can get it done this year.”

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On Johnny Manziel:

JIM ROME: “Bottom line, do you want this guy as your quarterback?”

JAY FEELY: “I wouldn’t. As a quarterback, you have to be the leader of that franchise. If you choose not to be or you can’t be, then there’s a black hole that exists in that locker room because you need the quarterback to be your leader.

“Right now he can’t be a leader; he’s not even a follower right now.”

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On getting back in the pool:

AMY VAN DYKEN: “Right now it’s not my thing because that’s where I really feel paralyzed. I would love to when I walk again, to have the ability to swim and not feel paralyzed.”

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SHOWTIME To Premiere “IVERSON,” A Feature-Length Documentary On The Legacy Of Allen Iverson This May

showtime-sportsRevealing Film Charting the Highs and Lows of the 11-Time All-Star Premieres

Saturday, May 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT


“I just want my people to say I was a fighter and a survivor, willing to get knocked down to get back up.” – Allen Iverson




NEW YORK (April 21, 2015) – SHOWTIME Sports® will present IVERSON, a feature-length film on the legacy of NBA great Allen Iverson premiering on Saturday, May 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®.

The film, which debuted at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, is an in-depth look into 11-time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson whose audacious rejection of conservative NBA convention and unapologetic embrace of hip-hop culture sent shockwaves throughout the league and influenced an entire generation.

The documentary from 214 Films is produced and directed by Zatella Beatty, producers Ted Faye and Stephen P. Perry with executive producers Mike Tollin and Gary D. Moore.

“More than a transcendent athlete, Allen Iverson is a transcendent figure in American culture,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “IVERSON is as raw and as honest as its subject.  This is the quintessential addition to the growing collection of great sports documentaries on SHOWTIME.”

“Allen’s story has always been one I’ve wanted to tell,” said Beatty.  “It goes beyond basketball and speaks directly to the human condition of strength, determination, heart and a relentless pursuit to fulfill one’s dream.  The moment I met Allen we bonded over that perspective and I’m grateful for the opportunity to tell his story both on and off the court.”

Told largely in Iverson’s own words, the documentary charts the career highs and lows of one of the most distinctive and accomplished figures to play in the NBA.  The revealing film examines Iverson’s turbulent upbringing in Virginia and controversial imprisonment, his growth at Georgetown under John Thompson and his career with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Honest and authentic, IVERSON doesn’t shy away from the superstar’s run-ins with the law and the trade from the 76ers that led to his unceremonious retirement from the NBA.

An immensely talented player and a fierce individualist, Iverson bridged the gap between hip hop and basketball and created a public persona that changed the culture of the NBA. Through in-depth interviews with Iverson, NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, television journalist Tom Brokaw, and Coaches Thompson and Larry Brown, viewers will come to understand one of the most complex figures in sports history and an incredible journey where spectacular success is no protection against demons from the past.

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