Penny Chenery and Famed Jockey Ron Turcotte Look Back on Secretariat on the 40th Anniversary of his Historic Triple Crown Win – “60 MINUTES SPORTS” TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY ON SHOWTIME®




Penny Chenery and Famed Jockey Ron Turcotte Look Back on What May be the Finest Thoroughbred Ever on the 40th Anniversary of his Historic Triple Crown Win

            There may never have been nor ever be another horse as good as Secretariat and his owner knew it.  As Penny Chenery recalls her chestnut colt’s Triple Crown win 40 years ago, she tells 60 MINUTES SPORTS she never used the nickname “Big Red.”  That was the name rooting fans used for the racehorse that would win the last leg of the Triple Crown by 31 lengths in a world record time some believe may never be broken. Chenery is joined by Secretariat’s Hall of Fame rider, Ron Turcotte, in an anniversary feature on the great thoroughbred’s historic achievement reported by Morley Safer and only on SHOWTIME, tomorrow/Wednesday, June 5 at 9:00P.M.

“I called him Secretariat, because “Big Red” was not my doing,” Chenery says with a laugh.  “Because he was an important horse…he wasn’t a nickname kind of horse; he was Secretariat,” says the 91-year old racing blueblood.

The big red colt looked as good as he ran.  “He was always so good looking…he’s just a stunning horse. He had good physical conformation…to be a racehorse, but he could have been a show horse,” says Chenery.

“I remember very well the first time I saw him,” recalls Turcotte.  “And I said, ‘Oh, my God…who is that beautiful colt.”

Chenery and Turcotte spoke to 60 MINUTES SPORTS at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore last month before the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of Thoroughbred Racing’s  Triple Crown that begins with the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.   This Saturday (8) the third leg, the Belmont Stakes, will be run at Belmont Park in New York, the site of Secretariat’s record setting Triple Crown victory 40 years ago.

Only 11 horses have achieved the U.S. Triple Crown in almost a century of racing.  Secretariat also set track records in the Derby and the Preakness on his way to the Crown – a record that still stand today.

The two recall the history-making race as if it was yesterday.   Turcotte talks about letting Secretariat run full-out down the home stretch on an incredible, some thought dangerous pace, despite a 20-length lead at the turn.

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All Access: Mayweather vs. Guerrero Premieres Wednesday At 10p ET/PT on SHOWTIME


“You have the biggest athlete in the world, the highest paid, acting a fool.” – Robert Guerrero

“For him to speak on anything about me or about my life, first accomplish what I have accomplished.” – Floyd Mayweather

NEW YORK (April 9, 2013) — Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME Sports debuts the first episode of the highly anticipated documentary series ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. GUERRERO in the lead-up to the SHOWTIME PPV® presentation of MAY DAY: the mega-event headlined by boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound titlist Floyd “Money” Mayweather in his welterweight world championship defense against Six-Time and Four-Division World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.

Multi-Grammy award winning musician, noted actor, author, activist and longtime sports fan COMMON has signed on to narrate the five-part series.  COMMON lends his smooth and poetic voice to SHOWTIME for the first time.  “Being a part of ALL ACCESS really gave me an insight into the process that these fighters go through and what their lives are like when they prepare for battle,” said COMMON.  “It grants the audience at home a backstage pass to one of the biggest sporting events of the year.”

Best known for his recent roles in JUST WRIGHT, AMERICAN GANGSTER, DATE NIGHT and the AMC series “Hell on Wheels,” COMMON will soon be seen in the film NOW YOU SEE ME.

ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Guerrero Episode Clip

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The series, known for taking viewers into the dramatic and unpredictable world of prize fighting, will explore the life of Floyd Mayweather from his humble beginnings in Grand Rapids, Mich., to the height of success at the pinnacle of the sport.

Inside his training camp, Mayweather addresses the turbulent family dynamic that has shaped his character.  “I just happen to have two of the best trainers in the world in my family,” says Mayweather of his father, Floyd, Sr., and his uncle Roger Mayweather, who are working side-by-side in the gym.  “We should work together as one.  I feel that we are stronger together than apart.”

The series introduces fans to Robert Guerrero, the man who plans to be the first to defeat Mayweather.  Hailing from a drastically different background, ALL ACCESS acquaints viewers with Guerrero’s story of triumph, tragedy and his insatiable will to believe.  Guerrero speaks about his mission of ministry and the opportunity to use this platform to speak to millions of people the world over.  “I try to take every opportunity I have to do something good.  To inspire people.  I work hard.  I train hard.  I give it all I’ve got because I know the Lord has blessed me with a tremendous talent.  I have to be a shining light with that talent.”

Witness the fighters prepare in their own ways, in their own words, for boxing’s biggest event of the year.  From their heated first encounter at the SHOWTIME PPV commercial shoot, to the grueling days of training camp, to Guerrero’s East Coast media tour that ended in controversy, ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. GUERRERO is there for it all.

Renowned documentarian Ross Greenburg serves as an executive producer on the series.  New episodes debut every Wednesday through May 1 on SHOWTIME, with encore presentations airing on CBS SPORTS NETWORK.

ALL ACCESS Epilogue, which will spotlight the intensity of fight week, taking viewers inside the ropes on fight night and into the rarely seen, uncelebrated aftermath of world championship boxing, will premiere on Saturday, May 18 at 9p ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

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“30 DAYS IN MAY”, Exclusive Documentary on Floyd Mayweather’s Incarceration, Premieres Wednesday, April 3 on SHOWTIME

(April 1, 2013) – “30 DAYS IN MAY,” a revealing documentary film chronicling the days surrounding Floyd Mayweather’s incarceration in 2012, premieres Wednesday, April 3, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®.  The one-hour film was created exclusively from never-before-seen footage and features the only interviews Mayweather has conducted about this “life-changing experience.”

“30 DAYS IN MAY” offers an intimate look into the life of the world’s highest-paid athlete as he prepares for one of the most challenging experiences of his life.  It provides a look inside his life, from his flamboyant mansion to a surprise birthday party for his daughter, while he prepares for life in a jail cell smaller than his bedroom closet.  Ultimately, “30 DAYS IN MAY” reveals a man at peace with his impending incarceration and his evolution as a human being.

The debut of the documentary kicks off an unprecedented programming lineup in support of the upcoming SHOWTIME PPV® presentation of “MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero,” featuring Mayweather’s first fight back in the ring since his release from jail.  The mega-event, headlined by the undefeated Eight-Time and Five Division World Champion Mayweather facing Six-Time and Four-Division World Champion Robert Guerrero, takes place Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Produced by Jackson Nguyen and Todd Crites of Turn Left Productions, “30 DAYS IN MAY” chronicles the days between Mayweather’s May 5, 2012 victory over Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto and the start of a three-month jail term on June 1, 2012 at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.  The film concludes on Aug. 3, Mayweather’s self-described “best day of my life,” when he was released after serving two months behind bars.

“Our goal was not to tell his whole story – his humble upbringing or all of his accomplishments – but rather to document the life of a modern day superstar leading up to his three-month prison term,” said Crites.  “What we are most proud of with ‘30 DAYS IN MAY’ is that it reveals a side of Floyd Mayweather that few get to witness – a person who is somewhat of a simple man, caring, eloquent, soft-spoken and, at times, reflective of not only himself, but also the world around him.”

“This film unveils a rarely seen side of a very public figure,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®.  “There are poignant moments, refreshing moments and a candid look into how this experience affected Floyd.  I can’t think of a better program to begin our unique lineup of content, which will culminate with Mayweather’s return to the ring against Robert Guerrero on May 4.”

“MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero, a 12-round fight for Mayweather’s WBC Welterweight World Championship, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T and Star Trek Into Darkness.  The mega-event will take place Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.  Also featured will be Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Abner Mares, a 12-round fight for Ponce de Leon’s WBC Featherweight World Championship.


Bonds And Clemens Should Get Into The Baseball Hall Of Fame Says Espn’s Chris Berman – “60 Minutes Sports” On Showtime




Premieres Wednesday, April 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens – names synonymous with Major League Baseball’s steroid controversy – belong in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, says ESPN’s Chris “Boomer” Berman.    The sports broadcast legend tells Lara Logan that and much more in a fun and fascinating 60 MINUTES SPORTS profile premiering Wednesday, April 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®.

Berman, the excitable host of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and major event golf and baseball coverage, has been a sportscaster for 34 years.   “I think Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should get in at some point,” he says. “I think because Barry Bonds was the best player in baseball, along with junior [Ken, jr.] Griffey, and Roger Clemens was a great pitcher before he allegedly did what he did, at some point I think those two have to go in,” says Berman.

“Best player, best pitcher of the era, or else you eliminate the whole era, which if some voters want to do it, I’m okay with,” says Berman, referring to the MLB period in the 1990s and 2000s when, many believe, the use of performance-enhancing drugs rose and longtime records fell.  “I would put them in and then I’d really have to think hard about everyone else.”

In the 14-minute profile, Berman discusses his dramatic style, especially his trademark “whoop,” which has put him in a class by himself in highlight reel commentating.  Logan asks him to demonstrate the high-pitched utterance he uses to accentuate a spectacular  play he is calling in a game or recalling in a highlight. Berman obliges.  “Whoop!! But, I get stopped by 12 year olds all the time. ‘Say it’: Whoop! It’s the Three Stooges.,” he tells Logan. “It’s just when a guy does the spin and all. But, a highlight is to me bringing to life games nobody saw.”

Berman also talks about the classic sports moments he called on television, among them, the 1995 game in which Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game and the 1981 NFC Championship won by Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers.

On The Next “60 Minutes Sports”: See Sports Broadcasting Legend Chris Berman Discuss His Storied Career, The Rebuilt, Re-Energized LA Dodger$, and The Legendary Master Of Golf Course Design, Pete Dye

60-min-showtimePremieres Wednesday, April 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Why did Chris Berman win the National Sportscaster of the Year award six times?  Can new owners with deep pockets, new players and a refurbished Dodger Stadium bring a World Series trophy to Los Angeles for the first time in 25 years?  Does master golf course designer Pete Dye secretly enjoy making golfers miserable with his tough layouts?  Those answers and more on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS Wednesday, April 3 at 9PM only on SHOWTIME.

Berman, the gravel voiced, excitable ESPN sports announcer better known as “Boomer,” talks to correspondent Lara Logan about his storied career and a bold broadcast style that has made him a household name in sports circles for over 30 years.

The last time the Dodgers underwent this much change was when they moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn 55 years ago.  As Byron Pitts reports from spring training, an ownership consortium including basketball and business star Magic Johnson is willing to spend whatever it takes. They already made the biggest trade in the team’s 130-year history and upgraded one of Major League Baseball’s oldest and fabled stadiums.  With Opening Day right around the corner, the excitement and now anticipation is building in the City of Angels.

In golf circles, the name Pete Dye is synonymous with difficult. That’s why the PGA Tour is holding more and more of its great tournaments on Dye-designed courses. Steve Kroft tells his story and shoots a round with the legendary Dye, who still plays so well, he can score below his age.

Showtime Sports® Sets Expansive Programming Line Up; Ross Greenburg To Ep On Key Content; May Day: Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero


Documentary Films, Classic Fights, Live Events and More Scheduled For Broadcast,

Cable and Premium Television, Digital and ON DEMAND Platforms


Lauded Sports Executive Ross Greenburg to Serve as Executive Producer on CBS Television Documentary Special and SHOWTIME Sports Series ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. GUERRERO

NEW YORK (March 19, 2013)—SHOWTIME Sports has scheduled more than 100 hours of diverse boxing and documentary programming across broadcast television, cable television, premium television, and digital portals in advance of the upcoming SHOWTIME PPV presentation of MAY DAY—the mega-event headlined by boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound titlist Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s welterweight world championship defense against Four-Division World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The lineup features more than 20 hours of live, edited and exclusive content targeted for a general sports audience as well as the core boxing fans and includes two documentary films, a five-part documentary series, a 30-minute countdown show, two live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® events and live coverage from multiple fight week events, all before the first bell of MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero pay-per-view special.

SHOWTIME Sports has tapped renowned television executive Ross Greenburg, recipient of more than 50 Sports Emmy® Awards  in his distinguished career, to serve as executive producer on two key pieces of programming.  Working with SHOWTIME for the first time, Greenburg is uniquely qualified to guide the editorial on Mayweather, having executive produced multiple documentary series on the fighter since 2007.

“This is an aggressive and varied lineup of content, each element aimed at raising the anticipation for boxing’s marquee event of the year,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “The Mayweather appeal is unmistakable and warrants this type of unprecedented exposure.  What viewers will find during this promotion, however, is that Robert Guerrero is one of the most compelling, interesting and talented fighters ever to step into the ring opposite Mayweather.

“I thank my colleagues at SHOWTIME and CBS for their support and enthusiasm since our agreement with Mayweather was announced.  Our collective aim in the next seven weeks is to serve the insatiable appetite of the staunchest boxing fans as well as to expose a broad audience to the drama and the intensity that is sure to come on May 4th.”

The programming blitz begins on Wednesday, April 3 with the premiere of an exclusive documentary film titled “30 DAYS IN MAY” (10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME), a one-hour film which chronicles Mayweather’s 2012 stint in prison.  Created exclusively from never-before-seen footage, “30 DAYS IN MAY” features the only interviews Mayweather conducted about what he has called “a life-changing experience.”

On Wednesday, April 10, SHOWTIME Sports will debut the latest chapter of its original documentary series ALL ACCESS (10 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME).  Greenburg will serve as an executive producer on ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs GUERRERO as the series takes viewers into the dramatic and unpredictable world of prize fighting.  From gritty backstories to the sport’s biggest stage, ALL ACCESS has a unique approach that allows its subjects to guide the narrative on real life terms.  New episodes will debut every Wednesday through May 1 on SHOWTIME, with encore presentations airing on CBS SPORTS NETWORK.  ALL ACCESS Epilogue, which will spotlight the intensity of fight week, taking viewers inside the ropes on fight night and into the rarely seen, uncelebrated aftermath of world championship boxing, will premiere on SHOWTIME on Saturday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.


CBS Television will broadcast a special one-hour documentary titled “MAYWEATHER” on Saturday,  April 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  Greenburg will executive produce “MAYWEATHER”, a film that reveals the life story of the charismatic character that is Floyd “Money” Mayweather.  The program also examines the hard-working, humble approach taken by Four-Division World Champion Robert Guerrero, who has endured incredible challenges on the road to this May 4th mega fight.


On the two Saturdays preceding the May 4 SHOWTIME PPV event, SHOWTIME will present two high profile world championship boxing events live on the premium network’s acclaimed SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING series.

On Saturday, April 20, from the 30,000+ seat Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez will return to SHOWTIME to headline against Austin Trout in a super welterweight world championship unification bout.  In separate fights in 2012, both men set ratings records for boxing on SHOWTIME.  Now, they collide in what is by far the most significant and challenging fight in both of their careers.

On Saturday, April 27, live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., undefeated rising star Danny Garcia of Philadelphia risks his unified super lightweight world championship against former Two-Division and Four-Time World Champion Zab Judah of Brooklyn.



SHOWTIME will televise the official weigh-in live on Friday, May 3 and a pre-fight show on Saturday, May 4, immediately preceding the pay-per-view telecast.  Each telecast will include live interviews, ALL ACCESS behind-the-scenes features from fight week and, on Saturday’s program, live undercard fights.


A fight week blitz will begin on Monday, April 29, with daily programming on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME EXTREME and CBS SPORTS NETWORK leading up to May 4.  Included in the lineup will be ALL ACCESS marathons, classic Mayweather and Guerrero fights, as well as the aforementioned live programming from Las Vegas.


Encore presentations of classic bouts featuring Mayweather and Guerrero will air on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME EXTREME and CBS SPORTS NETWORK.  Fights, airing in their entirety, are Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya, the most watched pay-per-view event in history; the controversial fight between Mayweather and Victor Ortiz; Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton; Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley and Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez.

Full fights from the Guerrero archive include the southpaw’s gutsy, breakthrough performances against Selcuk Aydin, Michael Katsidis, Gamaliel Diaz (rematch) as well as his first fight after learning of his wife’s diagnosis of Leukemia in 2007, a first-round knockout win over Martin Honorio.


For the digital audience, SHOWTIME will present original long and short form content, both live and edited, in English and Spanish on and and will distribute this content to all partner and pay-per-view distributor websites.

–       SHO STREAM:  live streaming of the final press conference on Wednesday, May 1, and the official weigh in on Friday, May 3;

–       STAREDOWN hosted by SHOWTIME Sports’ Brian Kenny featuring Mayweather and his uncle Roger Mayweather as well as Guerrero and his father Ruben;

–       The aforementioned full length fights featuring Mayweather and Guerrero plus co-featured fighters Daniel Ponce De Leon and Abner Mares;

–       Complete ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. GUERRERO Episode 1 following its television premiere on SHOWTIME and CBS SPORTS NETWORK;

–       Online exclusive “ALL ACCESS: Web Extras” and ALL ACCESS outtakes;

–       Highlight reels from the fighters on the card;

–       Expert analysis of the key MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero match-ups.

SHOWTIME PPV® has produced and distributed a broad range of sports and entertainment programs in its history.  Beginning in 1987 with The Grateful Dead New Year’s Eve Celebration Live, SHOWTIME PPV has aired over 75 events including many of the most watched boxing pay-per-view events in history featuring legends Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio Cesar Chavez and Manny Pacquiao.

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Season Two Of Jim Rome On Showtime Returns This Wednesday With Ice Cube, Floyd Mayweather And Ronda Rousey


Season 2 Premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

LOS ANGELES (March 12, 2013) – JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME returns for its second season tomorrow, Wednesday, in front of a studio audience with guests Ice Cube, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Ronda Rousey, Dhani Jones and Dr. Harry Edwards.  The episode premieres at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®.

Media mogul, actor and rapper Ice Cube sits down with Rome for a one-on-one interview to give  his thoughts on current sports and entertainment topics including the L.A. Lakers, the Oakland Raiders, and his new album.

Coming together in a free forum discussion, the first female UFC champion Ronda Rousey, noted sports sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards, and former NFL star Dhani Jones join Rome to debate cheating, sex and religion, and how all three play such a large role in today’s sporting world.

Plus, undefeated, eight-time world champion boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather joins the program via satellite to tackle Rome’s 10 Questions segment.  Mayweather recently announced a unique, groundbreaking revenue-sharing arrangement with Showtime Networks Inc. and its parent company, CBS Corporation. He returns to the ring May 4 to face Robert Guerrero in “MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero” produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV®.

When Rome asks Mayweather what the one thing is that he won’t mess with, Mayweather responds, “A married woman.”  To which Rome replies, “Good answer. Good policy.”

JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME, in its second season on SHOWTIME, airs Wednesdays with multiple replays each week on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and availability on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND.

Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:

JIM ROME: Do you trust Dwight Howard at this point?

ICE CUBE: No. Not yet. Not till he re-signs. That’s what it’s all about. How could we when he could just get up and leave on a whim. Until he makes the commitment to the Lakers, how can I make the commitment to him? I love Dwight. I want to see him a Laker. I think he can get up there on the wall and be champion for the Lakers. So it’s on him. Him not being committed has to affect his play. It has to. What’s going to determine it for me is if he remains long-term with the Lakers. And he wears the Laker jacket, you know what I mean. It seems like right now he’s a visitor.

ROME: Between Kobe, LeBron and Michael Jordan, who do you got as the best ever and why?

ICE CUBE: Kobe’s never been cut. I don’t think LeBron’s got the mental fortitude like Kobe Bryant has. I think it’s just what he had to go through in Italy. I just think he’s cut from a different cloth. No disrespect to Michael Jordan and years ago you would never hear me say this.  I just think Kobe had the benefit of looking at Michael in a way. I think he’s kept his body in more condition than anyone has ever seen and he’s doing things 17 years later that are just amazing. He never walked away from the game and came back. For some reason I just think Kobe is the true definition of a baller, with nothing else on his mind.

ROME: What’s the difference between someone like Kobe Bryant and Ray Lewis, who have bounced back from adversity, and Tiger Woods? Why hasn’t he bounced back? What’s the difference between him and all the other guys that have come back?

RONDA ROUSEY: I think Mike Tyson said it best when he said a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter. I think you need to enjoy what you’re doing and compartmentalize what you are doing with your professional life. Whenever I see Tiger Woods play golf, he looks pretty miserable. If he could just enjoy what he’s doing and have fun out there and return to where he was at the beginning then I think he can.

Top highlight from Rome’s Quick Hits:

ROME: Used to be the question wasn’t whether or not (Tiger) Woods would run down Jack, but rather how badly he’d smash his mark. But it says here he won’t get there. And it won’t be because of his knee, Achilles, driver, putter or rebuilt swing. It’ll be because of sex. He had too much of that and not nearly enough heart.

Rome’s Sincerely Yours takes on the Bracket Guy in your office pool:

ROME: This year, you’re even more insufferable now that you’ve gone online with all your garbage. Now, you’re the jerk who drops all his 12-5 upsets into his Twitter timeline. Bad enough you’re going to lose all nine pools you entered.  You’re also going to lose all 12 of your followers because they’d all rather get catfished than get subjected to one more of you sleeper picks with a ‘please retweet’ chaser. Tell you what; this year, instead of laying out your Elite 8, why don’t you go get an elite date. And don’t talk about your NCAA picks until someone asks you about them, because no one will. Bracket Guy, you are a 16-seed in this tournament we call life. A guaranteed loser every single year.

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Free Diver Meets His Limit and Nearly His Death at 800 Feet – 60 MINUTES SPORTS Premieres Tonight on SHOWTIME





In his First Interview since the 800-ft. Dive that Caused Brain Damage and Ended his Career, Nitsch Reflects on his Injuries and the Dive that Turned Out to be his Limit

Several signs told him not to try to beat his own 700-ft. free diving record that day.  There was technical trouble with the sled that was to take him down to 800 ft., the water was choppy and an ear problem had prevented his training in the critical days before the dive.  But Herbert Nitsch, known as “The Deepest Man on Earth” for the 32 world records in free diving he held, tried for yet another and nearly died in the process.  After months of rehabilitation, Nitsch tells Bob Simon in the diver’s first interview since the career-ending dive that he knew then he shouldn’t have dived that day.  Nitsch’s story, including the first footage of his fateful dive, will be told on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, premiering Wed. March 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

Asked by Simon what went wrong, Nitsch replies, “Well, everything that can go wrong.  It started way early… even before going to Athens and to Santorini,” he recalls.  But there were many people on his support team and a sponsor involved, the media was there – all gathered off the Greek island in the Aegean Sea to witness his record-breaking attempt. He would ride a sled down to 800 feet on one breath of air and shoot back to the surface, going 100 feet further than he’d ever gone before.  As he told Simon at the time of the dive, “The pressure of the whole event is a lot bigger than the dive itself.  I think the diving is the easy part.”

Nitsch dove anyway.  “I knew I shouldn’t have done it, but I thought, worst case would be that I won’t make it.  I won’t make the dive or abort the dive, not that I’d have the serious consequences I have now,” he tells Simon.  He passed out on the way up; it was his worst-case scenario, which he had described to Simon before the dive.  Unconscious, he could not exit the speeding sled at the right depth to begin a slower ascent that would prevent the bends, a dangerous condition where nitrogen bubbles in the bloodstream can cause serious injuries, including death.

Nitsch suffered multiple strokes and spent months in hospitals undergoing extensive rehabilitation.  He walks with a limp now, an almost miraculous recovery considering the damage caused by the strokes. Doctors attribute his promising recovery to his peak physical conditioning. And while it is unlikely he will ever dive that deep again, Nitsch believes he will make a full recovery. “I think so. I’m sure,” he tells Simon.

He spoke to Simon before his near-fatal dive and told him what motivated him to break all those records.  “The motivation is to find out where the limit is and to break the limit, you own the limit,” he says.  The limit is like a door you approach, he tells Simon.  “And all of the sudden, it opens…It’s gone.”  Nitsch found his limit 800 feet below the Aegean Sea.

Mayweather Inks Record-Breaking Deal With SHOWTIME®/CBS


LAS VEGAS (Feb. 19, 2013) – Undefeated eight-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather, boxing’s pound-for-pound king and the highest paid athlete in the world (Forbes, 2012), has entered into a groundbreaking pay-per-view deal with Showtime Networks Inc. and its parent company, CBS Corporation. Under the new deal, SHOWTIME PPV® will collaborate with CBS Corporation to comprehensively promote Mayweather’s events on the CBS Television Network and via the corporation’s expansive media platforms.

The deal—a unique revenue-sharing arrangement between SHOWTIME PPV and Mayweather—will enable him to fight up to six times over a period of 30 months, with the first mega-event taking place on May 4, 2013, when Mayweather will fight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. More details of this upcoming event will be announced shortly.

Mayweather’s new deal is by far the biggest in the sport of boxing (specific financial details are contractually confidential). Mayweather is the PPV king and averages over 1 million PPV buys per event, which is the highest PPV buy average of any boxer in history. At this record-setting PPV performance level, if all six fights contemplated by this deal occur, it will be the richest individual athlete deal in all of sports.

INSIDE THE NFL Season Finale Tonight on SHOWTIME

inside-NFL-showtimeThe Episode Airs Tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (February 6, 2013) – James Brown, Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth and special guest, former New York Jets lineman, Kris Jenkins give their reactions to Super Bowl XLVII on tonight’s season finale of INSIDE THE NFL.  Plus, see the unique NFL Films highlights featuring players and coaches from both teams who were wired for sound during the game. The episode premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

Immediately following INSIDE THE NFL, 60 MINUTES SPORTS returns at 10 p.m. ET/PT for its second episode on SHOWTIME with a behind-the-scenes look at Super Bowl XLVII, including footage of the NFL Control room when the lights went out, for a segment detailing how organizers pull together the Super Bowl.  Plus, correspondent Armen Keteyian takes viewers inside NFL Films to talk to the Sabol family about the legacy left behind by Steve Sabol.

INSIDE THE NFL, now in its 34th season, is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films and airs every Wednesday night through the NFL season on SHOWTIME, with multiple replays each week on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and availability on SHOWTIME On Demand. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports; and NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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