The Dirt On Derek Jeter–on the next 60 MINUTES SPORTS–Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10p

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See the Classic 60 MINUTES Profile of the Yankee Great in His Prime and

Two of His Colleagues Reflect on a Legendary Career on and Off the Field

NEW YORK (Oct. 3, 2014) – You’ve never heard of Derek Jeter getting into any trouble because he doesn’t – and he’s even nicer than you think.  That’s what his colleagues Tino Martinez and Michael Kay say about the just-retired Yankee great.  They speak to James Brown for a 60 MINUTES SPORTS retrospective on Jeter that includes an encore of the 2005 classic 60 MINUTES profile of Jeter by the late Ed Bradley.  In the profile, the then-31-year-old Jeter discusses everything from his childhood to his relationship with legendary Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and includes an interview with Jeter’s parents.  It’s all on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10:00 PM ET only on SHOWTIME.

Martinez played with Jeter when Jeter was a rookie and remains a close friend.  He says the secret to Jeter’s clean life is that he can have fun like everybody else, but knows where to “draw the line.”  It’s a line he’s been drawing since he was young, when he signed a contract with his parents.  Martinez says of Jeter, “He signed that contract and he lived up to it.”

Kay, the YES Network announcer for Yankees telecasts, says Jeter did more than live up to contract promises, he really cares about people.  He tells this story about a class act who doesn’t play for the cameras:  “The players meet kids that might be sick and…when the cameras are on, they treat them great,” says Kay.  “And I’ve seen the same players where the kids could be down the hallway in a wheelchair, and if there’s no camera there, they don’t think there’s any prying eyes, they’ll just go right by,” he tells Brown.  “I’ve seen Derek kneel down and talk and make a connection.”

What might Jeter do in his retirement?  In this excerpt, an outtake from the 2005 60 MINUTES profile, he says he might like to own a team.  Watch the excerpt.

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Inside The NFL Talks About MVPs, Benching Quarterbacks, Steelers And Patriots And All The Action Of NFL Week 4


Inside The NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Sept. 30, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel is joined by CBS analyst Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason, NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss all the action of NFL Week 4.

The fourth episode of INSIDE THE NFL covers Marshall’s apology to the press after a tough game against the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt historic 80-yard interception return for a touchdown, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers flaws, and all the action of NFL Week 4.

Plus, the INSIDE THE NFL cast discusses Geno Smith’s future as starting New York Jets quarterback with legendary Joe Namath.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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 On Brandon Marshall’s Apology to the Press …

Brandon Marshall – “People in Chicago have really treated me well, and I need to give them a little more. I tried to channel my inner Marshawn Lynch and it didn’t work … They’ve really been hounding me for the past three weeks and I know I have to give [the press, the fans, Chicago] a little more… I have to do a better job … I’ve done a great job my whole career, but these past few months I really haven’t talked to the media at all… I’ll do a better job.”

On J.J. Watt For MVP …

Boomer Esiason – “Texans’ defense J.J. Watt is not only dominating on defense, but after his 80-yard interception return against the Bills, he now has more touchdowns this year than Arian Foster and Andre Johnson combined … Is he the most dominating player in football?”

Phil Simms – “He can win the MVP if he breaks the sack record or if he has five more interceptions and scores a few more touchdowns … It’s going to take an unbelievable performance on his behalf … I can think of four guys that he is going to have problems beating: Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Demarco Murray, who is having a great season for the Cowboys … In 57 MVPs, we had two defensive players winning.”

Brandon Marshall – “I think what he’s done in these past few years, early on his career,  has established him as a top five talent. But I wouldn’t say he is the most valuable player.”

On the New England Patriots …  

Boomer – “Something I can tell you from that Patriots offense is that nobody, I mean nobody, scares anybody. They are not throwing the ball at all. Plus everything is short and as much as I appreciate the toughness and the intuitiveness of Julian Edelman, he’s not going to scare anybody down the field … I can see with my own plain eyes that nobody is scaring anybody with that offense. And this was a team that always lived scoring between 28 and 34 points, so the defense was an afterthought …The Patriots have really big problems and I don’t see the answer on their roster.”

Ed Reed – “Nobody is pumping any fear into me if I’m looking at that receiving corp … The Patriots might be in trouble.”

On the Pittsburgh Steelers going sideways  …

Ed Reed – “Their discipline is not very good. If you look at the play recognition you can see that the safety is dropping in but he doesn’t know where the help is  …They need some discipline. Pittsburgh indeed has some discipline problems.”

Phil Simms – “It’s a flip for the Steelers. Their offense is pretty good. Their offensive line is straightening up …The Steelers, like many other teams, are protecting their quarterback. That is going to give them a little bit of a chance, but they can’t hit the opposing quarterback … Now they don’t work and they need a guy to get it done. And they don’t have that guy … If you look at the Steelers, their offense is camouflaging what they are doing on their defense.”

On Benching New York Jets’ Geno Smith…

 Joe Namath – “The Jets have made the commitment to Geno. He’s got to live. He’s got to grow. This team is not going anywhere. I don’t believe that they are a playoff-quality team … If you are going to stay with Geno, and you are going to keep him for next year, they have to keep him on … Geno has the talent. He’s got decent footwork, decent speed. He’s a decent passer. How much talent? Well, we haven’t found out yet … We need more time. That’s why we don’t bench him.”

Phil Simms –  “When you bring Michael Vick as your back-up quarterback, you have to know what you are in for … The fans want to see it because they know the highlights that he creates. And the media of course, loves a backup quarterback because it’s the easiest story to write in the world.”

Brandon Marshall – “Why in any other sports and in any other position, is it so easy for us to bench a guy? But when we look at the quarterback position everybody gets so sensitive. Why?  Our coaches get sensitive and it messes up their psyche.”

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Inside The NFL Talks Football With Super Bowl XLVIII Rematch, Coaches And All The Game Action of NFL Week 3

inside-the-nfl-showtimeInside The NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2014) – This week’s edition of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel, expert analysts Boomer Esiason, NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and fresh off his team’s Monday night victory, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, are in-studio to discuss Week 3 of the NFL.

The fourth installment of INSIDE THE NFL also covers lessons from NFL Week 3, the rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII proving to be an early season classic, the difference a good coach can make, Philadelphia Eagles Cary Williams’ comments on Chip Kelly’s demanding training routine and how to cope with off-field distractions.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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On Off-Field Distractions…

Michael Irvin – “Kudos to those guys [Baltimore Ravens] for putting all of that aside and saying, ‘This field is our sanctuary, we control things here’… If you are a football team or an organization, those type of distractions are going to get you, but if you are a family, you can maintain.”

Ed Reed – “There’s a moment when you are not worried about anything else.  You are worrying about your job and focusing on your job. For Baltimore to do the things they are doing on the football field, kudos to those guys because they are concentrating on doing their jobs. And you have to respect that.”

Boomer Esiason – “You come together in the face of adversity … I played for great coach Sam Wyche. He was ahead of his time. He was a human distraction. We had a lot of distraction in Cincinnati, one happened to be the night before Super Bowl XXIII when Stanley Wilson basically withstanding a drug addiction decided not to play. He was one of our best players … I thought our defense really stepped up…but our team played really well despite the distractions and that’s when you all come together as a team.”

On Philadelphia Eagles’ Cary Williams Comments About Practice…

Michael Irvin – “It’s three games and three come-from-behind victories for the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet what everybody is talking about in Philadelphia this week is cornerback Cary Williams complaining about how hard Head Coach Chip Kelly works the team in practice … They are 3-0, and not any 3-0, big comebacks 3-0 … I don’t understand why they are talking about anything else other than that.”

Ed Reed – “Cary has been having trouble with his hamstring, so this could be coming from him as an individual, but I think that this might be coming as a team. This might be something that they might have discussed as a team in the locker-room … Cary is a vocal guy. He says things. He said things a couple weeks ago about New England in the preseason. So, he does that. He voices his feelings … This is an in-house situation. And they need to talk it out.”

Brandon Marshall – “The issue here is that some of these guys don’t know how to take care of their bodies. So, eventually they are going to break down … That’s an in-house situation.  And you have to discuss that with your team, in-house … Do these guys know how to take care of themselves and to recover from one day to the next? Do you have the right specialists? The right gurus working on their bodies? That’s the problem here.”

On Bill Belichick Being a Player’s Coach…

Ed Reed – “I think Belichick really understand his players. He put guys like Troy Brown years ago from receiver to DB. He understands guys that have talents and knows how to use those guys to win games … He’s not giving the player all of the power. He is also communicating with them.”

Brandon Marshall – “I got a little taste of the Belichick way and Josh Daniels in Denver. And I’d like to say those guys are well prepared and always find a way to get it done week-in and week-out …I think he is one of the most respected coaches out there right now in all of sports … I think the coaches that really get it are the ones that their approach is more of a partnership and not a dictatorship.”

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Lavar Arrington, Bruce Pearl, Jeff Pearlman Debate Ray Rice’s NFL Future On This Week’s Edition Of Jim Rome On SHOWTIME®

showtime-sports“You cannot get out of the way of punching that woman in her face and get another job. It won’t happen.”

— LaVar Arrington, on Ray Rice being suspended for domestic violence


This Month’s Edition of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME® Premieres

Tuesday, September 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME;



 LOS ANGELES (September 9, 2014) – Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker and NFL Network analyst LaVar Arrington, Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl and New York Times best-selling author Jeff Pearlman debate the developing story behind the suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on this month’s edition of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

“You cannot get out of the way of punching that woman in her face and get another job,” Arrington said. “It won’t happen. That video will be the long-lasting legacy. He will have to walk around with the scarlet letter on his chest for the rest of his life. That will never go away.”

“I think it will be very difficult, given what we’ve seen, that he’s going to have an opportunity to come back,” Pearl said. “If he doesn’t get back to the league, it sends a message that this conduct is inappropriate, it’s illegal, it’ll put you in jail, and the next guy who thinks about raising his hand to a woman, he’d better put that hand down, because he’s going to lose his right to play ball.”

While Pearl and Arrington argued that Rice may never play another down in the NFL, Pearlman was emphatic that Rice will be given another chance because sports are a bottom-line business.

“I will make a guarantee, and I will win this bet,” Pearlman said. “Next year, there will be a press conference – it could be in Cleveland, it could be in Indianapolis, it could be in New York. A tearful Ray Rice will be holding the hand of his wife after a year of redemption. (He’ll be saying) ‘I learned this, I volunteered with this’ … and the owner of the team will be up there saying ‘We believe in second chances. That’s what we do in America. He’s on a short leash here.’ We do this (expletive) in sports all the time. Why? Because ultimately it’s about winning, and Ray Rice is a good running back. I guarantee you he will come back.”

Arrington, Pearl and Pearlman also discuss the other most relevant topics in sports with Rome in The Forum, including the suspension and concussion issues surrounding Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker, the mounting pressure on the Washington Redskins to change their name and Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson selling his controlling interest in the team after self-reporting racially insensitive emails.

Detroit Tigers left-hander and 2012 American League Cy Young award winner David Price, Philadelphia Eagles running back and two-time Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy, New Orleans Pelicans all-star Anthony Davis and Chris Herren, a former NBA point guard and recovering drug addict, all appear on Tuesday’s show as well.

Here are some additional highlights from Tuesday’s show:

Concerning Ray Rice being released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL:

JIM ROME: “Did the team get it right?”

LaVAR ARRINGTON: “They had to. That is some of the most damning information that you can have. The first thing I thought was it happened too easy … You look at the reaction afterwards. It wasn’t like he was freaking out, but the hand just released way too easily.”

“You cannot get out of the way of punching that woman in her face and get another job. It won’t happen. That video will be the long-lasting legacy. He will have to walk around with the scarlet letter on his chest for the rest of his life. That will never go away.”

JEFF PEARLMAN: I’m from New Rochelle, New York, the hometown of Ray Rice, and where I live, he’s a hero. My wife just said this morning, ‘What do we do with the helmet?’ We have this autographed Ray Rice helmet. I’ve always admired Ray Rice, but I think he’s a (expletive) coward. I really do. I just think he’s disgusting. I have no interest in him, my kids will have no interest in him, and if I’m the Baltimore Ravens, I want nothing to do with this guy.”

BRUCE PEARL: “I think it will be very difficult, given what we’ve seen, that he’s going to have an opportunity to come back. … If he doesn’t get back to the league, it sends a message that this conduct is inappropriate, it’s illegal, it’ll put you in jail, and the next guy who thinks about raising his hand to a woman, he’d better put that hand down, because he’s going to lose his right to play ball.”

“For me as a coach, who lied to the NCAA and didn’t tell the truth, and had a three-year show cause (suspension) for making the mistake of a lifetime  – something I own and am embarrassed about – I’m grateful that I was given a little bit of grace and I’m grateful that  I was given a second chance. This is a little tougher.”

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Concerning Wes Welker’s series of concussions:

LaVAR ARRINGTON: “I would say you need to think about this – three concussions. When I was playing, it was different because we didn’t have that information. But with the information that they have today, with everything that has come out and where we’re at with that knowledge, I would certainly say it’s something that you have to think about.”

JEFF PEARLMAN: “I know it’s all about winning and losing, but if I’m John Fox, I don’t want anything to do with this guy anymore. I do not want to be responsible for some guy 10-15 years down the road having no brain – lacking the ability to think.”

“I just don’t understand how the Denver Broncos can keep putting this guy out on the field, with concussion after concussion after concussion. If you’re a coach, is there a point when you say ‘I am not putting you out there, because I don’t want this to happen to you.’?

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CHRIS HERREN: “I bumped into a line of cocaine in a dorm room that took 14 years to walk away from.”

JIM ROME: “Did you ever play games high?”

CHRIS HERREN: “Never high. I’ve played them coming down. It was miserable.”

JIM ROME: “Was it a good thing being traded to Boston? It would seem like a great thing coming from Fall River.

CHRIS HERREN: “No, because I was familiar. That’s where I was born and raised, and I knew who to call if I needed (drugs). I fell into the feeling. I spent 20 bucks on a little yellow pill called oxycontin, and it turned into $25,000 a month. I tell kids all the time that I dreamed of playing for the Celtics – I didn’t dream of standing outside before the game trying to get oxy so I could be well enough to play in it.”

JIM ROME: “(In your first game in Boston), you’re out there (outside the arena) trying to find your dealer, and you can’t find him. What happened?”

CHRIS HERREN: “Panick. I was withdrawing somewhat before the game, and I knew that if I didn’t get it, I was going to struggle. So in a panic, I ran outside and grabbed it 10 minutes before game time. I got it into my system and was able to play.”

JIM ROME: “So you were high in that game?”

CHRIS HERREN: “Yeah. … At this point in my career, I couldn’t play unless I was high.”

JIM ROME: “How did you beat this?

CHRIS HERREN: “I went back (to rehab after the birth of my third child), and a staff member there said ‘Play dead. Call your wife, tell her you love her, tell her you’ll never call her again, and tell her to tell your kids that you died in a car accident. And just disappear.’ There were two sides of my heart. The good guy was saying ‘Play dead. Just cut them loose.’ The fighter, the athlete in me was saying ‘Come on man, fight for this.’ … I’ve been sober since those words.”

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JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME airs Tuesdays with encore airings all month long on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and is available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

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The Man Behind Peyton Manning’s Recovery, Resurgence On Season Premiere Of 60 Minutes Sports



Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 10p ET/PT Only On SHOWTIME

150mph Electric Cars, a Controversial Poker Player, the Army-Navy Game, A Record-Setting Extreme Athlete and a Stampede of Brazilian Bull Riders Mark a New Season


NEW YORK (Aug. 27, 2014) SHOWTIME moves the sports edition of 60 MINUTES from Wednesday to Tuesday night on the premium network beginning in September, when 60 MINUTES SPORTS kicks off its third season with the inside story on Peyton Manning’s incredible comeback from neck surgery.  See Correspondent Jack Ford’s story featuring Manning, his brother Eli and Duke Football Head Coach David Cutcliffe, whose secret training Manning credits with saving his career, on the season premiere of 60 MINUTES SPORTS on its new night, Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.


Jack Ford and producer Rome Hartman take you behind-the-scenes for the making of this segment.

Throughout their NFL careers, Peyton and Eli, the New York Giants’ quarterback, have been privately coached by Cutcliffe – a relationship that goes back to their college days when the brothers both had him as a coach.  The private mini-camps Cutcliffe has run for them at Duke for several years took on a crucial role after Peyton’s nerve injury in 2012.  Ford’s story contains rare footage of those sessions along with Peyton’s most detailed comments about how Cutcliffe’s training enabled him to take the Broncos to the Super Bowl and be the NFL’s MVP again.  “I’ll be indebted to him forever,” says Peyton.

If anyone was ready for the challenge, it was Cutcliffe.  As Ford reports, at the same time he worked behind the scenes with Peyton Manning, he was in the midst of performing a miracle turnaround of the Blue Devil football team.  Duke had just one victory in the two years before he arrived as head coach in 2008; today they’re an emerging Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse with 10 wins last season.  No Duke football team had ever won that many games.  Cutcliffe was the consensus college 2013 “Coach of the Year.”

The Tuesday, Sept. 2 premiere also features Correspondent Jeff Glor reporting on “Formula E” electric cars that race at 150mph and a peek into the underworld of bare knuckle boxing, in which Correspondent Armen Keteyian explores a secretive sport some call “human cockfighting.”

Coming up on future editions of 60 MINUTES SPORTS this season, Correspondent James Brown profiles Phil Ivey, one of poker’s biggest winners and one of its most controversial players; Correspondent Jack Ford reports on the iconic Army-Navy Game and the efforts to turn around an Army team that has lost the last 14 contests; Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi profiles Mathias Giraud, the extreme skier and base jumper who keeps finding more records to break; and correspondent Bill Whitaker finds out there’s an awful lot of bull riding in Brazil – one reason why Brazilian riders are starting to dominate Americans’ favorite rodeo sport.

60 MINUTES SPORTS is produced by 60 MINUTES and is part of SHOWTIME Sports’ existing lineup of award-winning original programming, which includes INSIDE THE NFL, JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME, ALL ACCESS and live event series SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and ShoBox: The New Generation.

60 MINUTES SPORTS is co-executive produced by CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and 60 MINUTES Executive Editor Bill Owens and SHOWTIME Sports.

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inside-the-nfl-showtime Ed Reed, Current Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall

And Boomer Esiason Join Phil Simms And Host Greg Gumbel

On INSIDE THE NFL As Weekly Series Moves To Tuesdays Beginning September 2

NEW YORK(August 14, 2014) Former 12-year NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed, current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Boomer Esiason join Phil Simms as analysts, along with new host Greg Gumbel, on INSIDE THE NFL when the series begins its seventh season on SHOWTIME on Tuesday, September 2.

The announcement was made today by Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports® and Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports and Executive Producer, THE NFL ON CBS.

INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME will move to Tuesday nights with the premiere on Tuesday, September 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  The show, produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films, will air every Tuesday during the NFL season through February 4, 2015.  NFL Network will re-air the show on Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) throughout the season.

“The additions of Greg as host, along with new analysts Boomer, Ed and Brandon, combined with Phil, follow along in the tradition of excellence that fans have come to expect from this show,” said McManus.  “With Ed just coming off the playing field and Brandon still on it, this show truly brings a unique perspective that is unseen on any other show.”

“We’ve assembled, perhaps, the most dynamic cast in this show’s long history,” said Espinoza. “Of course, the program will continue to deliver breath-taking highlights and exclusive features. And now, we are coupling the respected and accomplished personalities of Simms, Boomer and Greg Gumbel with a defensive perspective from Ed Reed and Brandon Marshall’s perspective directly from the field.  We are as excited as ever for the new season.”

Reed, a Super Bowl champion and nine-time Pro Bowl safety, takes on his first full-time role as an analyst after a 12-year career in the NFL.  Marshall, a five-time Pro Bowl receiver in nine seasons thus far, will trade his pads and cleats for a suit and microphone once a week in his first start as an analyst—serving as the first active NFL player analyst in the show’s 37-year history—while sports media veterans Esiason and Gumbel are joining INSIDE THE NFL for the first time. Simms will continue in his role that began when the series moved to SHOWTIME in 2008 while adding “CBS/Thursday Night Football” to his robust in-season schedule.

INSIDE THE NFL covers every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special, in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the league.

In just seven seasons on SHOWTIME, INSIDE THE NFL has won seven Sports EMMY® Awards, including two for Outstanding Studio Show.  Past hosts of the storied program dating back to the 1970’s have included Chuck Bednarik, James Brown, Nick Buoniconti, Cris Carter, Cris Collinsworth, Bob Costas, Len Dawson, Jerry Glanville, Jimmy Johnson, Peter King, Dan Marino, and Warren Sapp.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

Horseracing’s Drug Problem: A 10 Out of 10, Says USADA.


Says He’s Ready to Step in if the Bill Passes in Congress to Put USADA in Charge

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NEW YORK (June 2, 2014)—The man who tackled Lance Armstrong and the drug problem in professional cycling says the use of performance enhancing drugs in American horse racing has reached a critical point.  Travis Tygart, who heads the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, has been approached by Congress and the racing industry to clean up the sport. On the eve of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of thoroughbred racing’s famed Triple Crown, he speaks to Armen Keteyian for a story about drugs in horseracing on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS premiering Wed., June 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

Tygart says he has spoken to many people in thoroughbred racing who believe the proliferation of drugs has put the sport in serious jeopardy. “I think it’s down to the wire,” says Tygart. If the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, now in Congress, becomes law, his agency will be ready to regulate and enforce drug use in racing, he says.  USADA did the same for the U.S. Olympic Team 14 years ago, says Tygart, so it can do it again. Back then, “We said ‘We’re going to set a plan…develop the rules… and then we’re going to build the capacity to robustly enforce those rules to insure that the rights of the clean competitors are upheld and the integrity of the competition is restored,”’ he tells Keteyian.

“I think you listen to the industry, [the drug problem] has got to be a 10 [on a scale of 10],” says Tygart.  Many worry it’s undermining the sport’s image, harming the breeding process and putting riders and horses at risk.  There is tremendous pressure to use drugs to win in a multi-billion-dollar business in which there is no national uniform code to control drug use nor a governing body or commissioner to rein it in, says Tygart. “The temptations are through the roof in this sport.”

The Water, Hay, Oats Alliance would welcome oversight from USADA.  WHOA was formed by people like Arthur Hancock III, whose family has bred thoroughbreds since the Civil War era and whose farm produced three Kentucky Derby winners.  The drugs commonly given to race horses to enhance performance is killing his sport, Hancock tells Keteyian.  “We love the horses. It’s bad for the breed, it’s bad for the fans,” he says.

Hancock and his wife, Staci, say drugs can make mediocre horses winners, whose records are then the basis for breeding them and creating a bloodline maybe more based on the drug than natural ability. The drugs lead to shorter careers, too. Hancock says horses that are ailing shouldn’t be put on a drug and made to run a mile as fast as they can go. “In the old days, the farm was the therapy…and then they’d go back [to racing].”

The use of drugs has helped to end many a horse’s career prematurely says Hancock.  “When I was a boy in 1950…you had an expectation that your horse was going to run 45 times in his lifetime…now, you know what it is?  Thirteen.”

Keteyian also speaks with Phillip Hanrahan who heads the 29,000-member National Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association. He says there isn’t a drug problem in his industry, pointing to 368,980 drug tests taken between 2009 and 2012 that 99.2 percent of the horses passed.  He says the industry does a good job of policing itself. “Could it be improved? Sure. But it’s not the Wild, Wild West picture that some would have you believe.”


NBA Player Rep on LeBron James: “He ain’t playing if Sterling is still an owner.” JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME Premieres Wednesday


This Month’s Edition of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME® Premieres

Wednesday, May 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME


LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2014) – NBA Players Association Vice President Roger Mason Jr., tells Jim Rome on this month’s edition of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME that superstar LeBron James is prepared to lead an NBA player boycott of the 2014-15 season if the Donald Sterling ownership issue is not resolved by the start of next season.  JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME premieres this Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

“What if [Donald Sterling] is still there. I mean, he’s not going down without a fight. What if he’s still there when next season starts?” Rome asked Mason during a compelling Open Forum discussion.

“If it’s not handled by… the start of next season, I don’t see how we’re playing basketball,” Mason said. “I was just in the locker room with LeBron…  At the end of the day, you know we have leaders.  We have player reps, we’ve got executive committee members…  Leaders of the teams, they’re all saying the same thing, ‘If this man is still in place, we ain’t playing’.”

Rome followed up: “So your guy LeBron, you think he would not play if Sterling were still in there when the [next] season started?”

“I was just in the locker room three or four days ago. LeBron and I talked about it,” Mason said. “He ain’t playing if Sterling is still an owner.”

Rome asked about Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling. “What if he’s not there, but his wife is,” Rome asked.

“No Sterling deserves to be an owner of that franchise any longer,” Mason said. “And I’ve gone down the line from LeBron to the other guys in the league that I’ve talked to and they all feel the same way. There’s no place for that family in the NBA.”

Also contributing to the must-see Open Forum segment are USC Professor and pop culture expert Todd Boyd and former 13-year NFL veteran Ephraim Salaam.

Also appearing on the episode are: Anaheim Angels outfielder Mike Trout, NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, comedian D.L. Hughley, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, and former baseball great Darryl Strawberry.

JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME airs Wednesdays with encore airings all month long on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and is available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

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Showtime Sports Wins Sports Emmy Awards For “All Access: Mayweather Vs. Canelo Epilogue” And “60 Minutes Sports – Great Falls”



(Best Edited Sports Event Coverage)


(Outstanding Long Feature)

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NEW YORK (May 7, 2014) – SHOWTIME received two Sports Emmy Awards Tuesday evening at the 35th Annual Sports Emmy ceremony in New York City for its sports programming.  “ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo” Epilogue won its first Emmy for Outstanding Edited Sports Event Coverage.  “60 MINUTES SPORTS” won its first Emmy for Outstanding Long Feature in its inaugural season for the “Great Falls” segment.

SHOWTIME was nominated for eight Sports Emmy Awards in 2013, the most in network history. SHOWTIME has won 10 Sports Emmy Awards in network history.

About ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo Epilogue

Broadcast eleven days after the highest grossing fight in boxing history, “All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo” Epilogue utilized original cinematography to capture not just the grandeur and excitement of fight night but also the intimate, unseen moments at home and in the locker rooms surrounding the event. The result was a rarely seen glimpse into the preparation, execution and aftermath of world championship boxing at the highest level.

About 60 MINUTES SPORTS – Great Falls

60 MINUTES SPORTS, a sports magazine from the producers of the critically-acclaimed 60 MINUTES, reported on extreme kayaking, the rush of the sport and its inherent dangers in a story about the Potomac’s Great Falls and the tragic death of Shannon Christy, one of extreme kayaking’s rising stars. The segment, reported by David Martin, included an interview with Christy and footage of the rescue attempt and recovery of her body.

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Daniel Jacobs To Fill In For Paul Malignaggi on Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

showtime-sportsMalignaggi Taking Precaution Following Last Week’s Loss;

Says He Will Be Ready For May 3 SHOWTIME PPV® Event

LOS ANGELES (April 24, 2014)—Middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs will serve as a guest analyst for the second straight week as SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presents three world-class prizefights on Saturday, April 26, live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from StubHub Center in Los Angeles.

Jacobs will step in for critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi, who is recovering from a tough knockout loss to IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter last week.  After the fight, Malignaggi was taken to a nearby hospital in Washington D.C.  He has since been released and is recovering comfortably at his home, but is opting to err on the side of caution for this week’s event in Los Angeles.

“I am feeling very good at this stage, but anytime you have any level of concussion, your best bet is to fully recover before doing virtually any activity,” said Malignaggi.  “There will be plenty of action on Saturday and the audience will be in good hands with Danny on the stick.  But make no mistake: I will not miss next week’s event in Las Vegas.  I have been looking forward to that fight card for some time.  I’ll be ready.”

The main event for Saturday’s tripleheader will pit interim WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman against former world champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz.  In the co-features, Lucas Matthysse returns from an eight-month layoff to face heavy-handed John Molina Jr., in a 10-round junior welterweight matchup and undefeated WBC Lightweight World Champion Omar Figueroa Jr., defends his title against Jerry Belmontes.  The telecast will air live, immediately following the premiere of Episode 2 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana, the most recent installment of the Emmy® Award-nominated SHOWTIME Sports® series that chronicles the dramatic lives of the world’s best prizefighters.

“I had a great time filling in for Paulie last week,” said Jacobs, who will join host Brian Kenny, Mauro Ranallo, Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and award-winning reporter Jim Gray on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.  “It was a tremendous honor to be part of that event and to show the fans a different side of myself.  I received terrific feedback, not only from SHOWTIME, but from the fans, my friends and family.  Obviously, Paulie’s welfare is my main concern but I know he will be back behind the mic soon.  In the meantime, I look forward to doing another great job at ringside.”

The 27-year-old Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., is coming off a first-round TKO of Milton Nunez on March 15 on the SHOWTIME EXTREME® undercard of the Danny Garcia-Mauricio Herrera event in Puerto Rico.  The victory was Jacob’s fifth straight win in as many fights since returning to the ring after a courageous 19-month battle against cancer and partial paralysis.

The 6-foot-1 Jacobs, who is the fifth ranked middleweight contender by the IBF and sixth by the WBC, WBA and WBO, has  won seven in a row by knockout.

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