Hall Of Famer Lawrence Taylor Joins “Inside The NFL” On Showtime®

inside-NFL-showtime“No one could have been a bigger star in the New York area than I was. And no one, in some ways, could be a bigger let down than I have been”

NEW YORK (September 18, 2013) – Pro Football Hall of Famer and New York Giants legend Lawrence Taylor joins INSIDE THE NFL tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Taylor joins host James Brown and analysts, All-Pro greats Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth to discuss his life and times.

LT: The Life & Times, premiering Friday, September 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, is the first feature-length documentary on the football legend.  This raw, honest portrayal of one of the most polarizing figures in sports is narrated by Jon Bon Jovi, and features untold stories from Taylor, his family and friends and his former teammates and coaches during his legendary and controversial career with the New York Giants.

Now in its 36th season on television, INSIDE THE NFL will feature a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a guest analyst each week.  New episodes premiere every Wednesday night on SHOWTIME through February 5, 2014.

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.

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.

Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:

On LT: The Life & Times Documentary…

TAYLOR: That portrayal of me is probably too honest. No matter how you look at it. I say, well I understand why they would have thought that.  I would understand why they would look at it that way. Because I’m seeing it now through somebody else’s eyes. And it is very, very humbling.

TAYLOR: I cannot say that it’s not a true portrayal of the things I’ve gone through.  I mean it hit both the highs and the lows. No one could have been a bigger star in the New York area than I was. And no one, in some ways, could be a bigger let down than I have been. 

On Whether it’s Time for Teams to Panic…:

SIMMS: Of course it’s time to panic….Let’s be honest, you don’t even have to make it up anymore. There was panic in Week 1…When you’re 0-1 the hardest five days or six days of your life is waiting for that second week to come, that second game.  But when you’re 0-2, you feel like you’ve never won a game and you do start to worry about everything else.

COLLINSWORTH: It is kind of interesting though because these teams look different to me. I mean, let’s face it.  RGIII’s injury, that’s a different looking team now when you watch them play. The New York Giants, David Wilson, was supposed to take over the role at the running back position, couple of injuries up front on that offensive line.  This was a team that was built around their offensive and defensive lines, and won two championships and could pound the ball where all three backs averaged five yards-per- carry.  Now Eli (Manning) is having to carry the whole load and trying to make plays that he probably shouldn’t make.  And the Pittsburgh Steelers, I watched them on tape the other night, and it just doesn’t look like the Pittsburgh Steelers. We’ll start with, they couldn’t stop the run and they couldn’t run the ball. I mean it was like they had switched uniforms when they played the Bengals the other night. So yes, some different looks out there with these teams.

On the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos making the Super Bowl…

COLLINSWORTH:  Well I know this, if you want to go to the Super Bowl from the NFC, somebody better start beating Seattle because if they get home field advantage, and somebody has to go there in the playoffs and win.   You know what’s really interesting about that team, they can get away with something that you rarely see. They just play 8-man at the line of scrimmage and pound your running game and when you try and throw it they get after the quarterback because they can send more than you can block and you go well how come everybody doesn’t do that. Well not everybody else has the secondary that this team has.  I think they’re the best secondary in all the National Football League because they’re so diverse.

On NFL Quarterback Leadership…

SIMMS: There’s Josh Freeman. You’re the quarterback of the football team of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  How can you not show up for the team photo.  First off, being late, red flag, he overslept.  I mean…he slept through the whole thing? Was this picture taken at 6:00 in the morning? That’s what you have to wonder.  But you know, red flags for quarterbacks:  If you’re overweight. If you’re not a hard worker or perception-wise the hardest worker on the football team. And showing up late for meetings or something like that. It says a lot about the quarterback and it has to really concern you.

TAYLOR:  I think the quarterback has to be a person that takes control of the field.  Takes control of the locker room. I mean you (Phil Simms) became a leader. You didn’t start off a leader for the first couple of years…When he became a leader, he took responsibility for his own actions.  He ran that team. He ran that offense.  But it took a while.

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“INSIDE THE NFL” Season Six Premieres On Showtime® With Special Guest Analysts Joe Namath And Jim Kelly

inside-NFL-showtimeNEW YORK (September 4, 2013) – INSIDE THE NFL kicks off its season six premiere with Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Namath and Jim Kelly as special guest analysts tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Namath and Kelly join host James Brown and analysts, All-Pro greats Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth to cover the league’s hottest topics going into the season opening game tomorrow night.

Plus, CBSSports.com Senior NFL Columnist Pete Prisco sits down for an in-depth discussion on the NFL concussion settlement and the fall-out from his controversial article on the topic.

Now in its 36th season on television, INSIDE THE NFL will feature a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a guest analyst each week.  New episodes premiere every Wednesday night on SHOWTIME through February 5, 2014.

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.

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.

 

Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:

On the NFL Concussion Settlement…

PRISCO: Here is the thing.  I am glad the guys that need the money are getting it.  I just don’t think you can prove that the NFL was at fault here.  If you look at everything, the big body of work, how many guys had concussions in grade school, high school, all the way up through college?  And how do you prove that the NFL is the reason that they are having the problems that they do?  That was why I wrote the column.

NAMATH: The NFL is responsible, to a major extent, because whenever you get guys hit in the head, especially in the last 10 years… When I was playing we didn’t know from concussions.  We knew smelling salts and that was it.  No one talked concussions.  But in the last 10 years these guys knew the pain to the head was problematic.  And some of these doctors on the sidelines are more concerned, maybe, with pleasing the coach and getting the guy back on the field right away.  I know that.  I believe that.  And I know that. I think that there is a problem in the NFL.  I think that they are getting away with something with this settlement.  I think it should be for much more.  And it’s not actually been agreed on yet by Judge (Anita) Brody.  She has got to approve the thing.

SIMMS: The NFL did the right thing because, yeah, they might not have known 30 years ago.  They didn’t. I think they didn’t know.  But as we learn, you’ve got to do the right thing and, unfortunately, maybe it is not enough money.  Some people think it is not enough.  I don’t know all that yet.  We’ll see how it works out.  But fortunately they were able to financially help people because there are a lot of ex-players, you think about practice.  The hitting in practice was worse than the games.  When I played with the Giants we scrimmaged basically every day.  The linebackers, the linemen, were always hitting.  I’m glad at least they have the money to rectify some of these situations.

COLLINSWORTH: I’ll tell you, the NFL has to be celebrating this settlement because this effectively sort of makes this whole thing go away.  This was the one issue, if anything could have killed the golden goose, it is this issue.  The thing I am concerned about is that we don’t attack this issue the way that we would if this case had gone forward.  If there were a lot of discovery.  If there were witnesses that had to take the stand.  I think we would have gotten a much greater understanding of the concussion issue at the end of this.  Now the NFL can kind of say, ‘Okay, we’re good now.  Let’s move forward.’

PRISCO: You mean the smoking gun.  The smoking gun being, did they know and hide information that these concussions down the road could cause problems?  And if the smoking gun is there, then it is dangerous for the game and the game might go away.

COLLINSWORTH: And there were documents written under the byline of the National Football League and there are doctors, that when you read them in light today, sort of like reading the smoking cases back in the day, you go, ‘This is the dumbest thing I have ever read in my life.’  And yet that was what was sort of the understanding that they were talking to players about.  I think this is a huge win for the NFL.

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Jerry Sandusky Abused “Dozens” More Back To The 1970s Say The Men Who Prosecuted The Pedophile Coach – “60 Minutes Sports” On SHOWTIME®

60-min-showtimeIn Their First TV Interview about the Trial, Frank Fina and Joe McGettigan Say

Penn State Officials Obstructed Justice and Deserve Prosecution

PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4 AT 10 p.m. ET/PT

            The two men who successfully prosecuted pedophile Jerry Sandusky in the notorious Penn State scandal say he abused dozens more than the 31 victims officials have dealt with so far.  Frank Fina, Pennsylvania Chief Deputy Attorney General, and Joe McGettigan, the former federal prosecutor, also tell correspondent Armen Keteyian that former top university officials obstructed justice and deserve to be prosecuted for their crimes. The two men speak to Keteyian in their first television interview for the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, Wednesday, September 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.

For the first time publicly, Fina and McGettigan describe how they built their case against Sandusky, exposing crimes that  sullied the shining image of the Penn State University football program and ruined the reputation of its legendary coach, Joe Paterno.  The men discuss their investigation, their strategy for prosecuting the serial pedophile and the way they handled the victims, whose testimony was crucial to the conviction.

Asked by Keteyian how many more individuals were abused by the former Penn State assistant football coach, McGettigan replies “There are dozens more.”  Fina agrees with that assessment.  The men say some of the claims of abuse date back to the 1970s, when Sandusky started “Second Mile,” a charity he began that was devoted to helping at-risk and underprivileged youth.

Charges from 10 of Sandusky’s victims figured in his prosecution in court; another 21 men, including Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt, have come forward.

In the course of their investigation, Fina and McGettigan soon realized that important university officials were not forthcoming about Sandusky, who regularly brought young boys from Second Mile to the university’s facilities.  Fina tells Keteyian that top officials at Penn State were not “fully committed to disclosing what the reality is…We came to realize that they’re actively obstructing our investigation…and they had been for many years.”

Penn State University President Graham Spanier, Senior Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley, who no longer work for Penn State, have been charged with perjury and conspiracy to cover up Sandusky’s crimes.  “I don’t think there’s any question that that’s what Spanier, Shultz and Curley did,” says Fina.  “I investigated that case. They deserve to be charged and I hope justice is served there.”

One thing neither man ever got to do in court was question Sandusky, who chose not to take the witness stand.   If Sandusky did, however, McGettigan tells Keteyian what he would have asked him. “Mr. Sandusky, when did it first occur to you that it might be a good idea to be naked in a shower with an eight-year-old boy who you met that day, to pick him up, to hug him, to cover him with soap, and not to say anything to anybody else in charge of that boy? When did you first think that was a great idea?”

All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo To Be Available Online At sports.sho.com & Across Multiple Platforms

showtime-sportsNarrated by EMMY® Award Winning Actor Barry Pepper,

Series Premieres This Saturday, Aug. 24 on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT

NEW YORK (Aug. 22, 2013) – Following the SHOWTIME premiere of each episode of the acclaimed documentary series ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo—series premieres this Saturday at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME—full episodes will be made available online and across multiple platforms leading up to the boxing event of the year, “THE ONE: Mayweather vs. Canelo” on Saturday, September 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME PPV®.

All four episodes will be available following each premiere on Sports.SHO.com, the SHOWTIME Sports® YouTube channel, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and on mobile devices via SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.  Additionally, a full slate of encore airings are scheduled for SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME EXTREME® and the CBS SPORTS NETWORK.  (Visit http://sports.sho.com/programs/all-access for a complete list of air dates and times)

All four episodes are also being produced in Spanish, and the Spanish-language version of each episode will premiere on Univision Deportes Network.  For more information regarding the Univision Deportes schedule for All Access please visit www.UnivisionDeportes.com.

The latest chapter of the award winning SHOWTIME Sports® original documentary series airs weekly beginning this Saturday, Aug. 24 leading into the blockbuster showdown between boxing superstars Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez.

This installment of ALL ACCESS, which takes viewers into the dramatic and often unpredictable lives of two superstars at the epicenter of one of the biggest sporting events of the year, is narrated by EMMY Award winning actor Barry Pepper.

EDITORS NOTE:  Participating websites and blogs will have the opportunity to offer each full episode directly on their website.

Below is a clip from this Saturday’s premiere episode, which precedes the live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® event headlined by Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez.

“THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO,” a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Championships and Mayweather’s WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship taking place Saturday, Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T, Valvoline, Mexico Tourism, Fred Loya Insurance and Nature Nutrition.  In the 12-round co-featured attraction, WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia and thunderous puncher WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse square off in a fight presented in association with Swift Promotions and Arano Box Promotions.  Also, Ishe Smith vs. Carlos Molina square off in a 12-round battle for Smith’s IBF Junior Middleweight World Title which is promoted in association with Warriors Boxing.  The opening bout on SHOWTIME PPV features a 10-round welterweight showdown between Pablo Cesar Cano and Ashley Theophane.  The mega-event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.  The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP).

Less than 24 hours after going on sale in June, the event was sold out, but six MGM Resorts properties will host live closed circuit telecasts of “THE ONE.”  Properties showcasing the event include ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York-New York.  General admission tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $100, not including handling fees, and are available for purchase at each individual property’s box office outlets and also are available for purchase by phone with a major credit card at 866-799-7711.  Closed circuit ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.  Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

For more information, visit www.floydmayweather.com, www.mayweatherpromotions.com, www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.sports.sho.com and www.mgmgrand.com, follow on Twitter at @FloydMayweather, @CaneloOficial, @MayweatherPromo, @DannySwift, @IsheSugarShay, @GoldenBoyBoxing, @mgmgrand" target="_blank">@mgmgrand and @SHOSports, follow the conversation using #TheOne and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FloydMayweather, www.facebook.com/MayweatherPromotions, www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and www.facebook.com/SHOBoxing.

“LT: The Life & Times” A Documentary On The Triumphant Career And Turbulent Life Of NFL Legend Lawrence Taylor Premieres Friday, September 20 On Showtime®

showtime-sportsExclusive Web Series on CBSSports.com Featuring Key Figures in LT’s Life Precedes the Film Premiere on SHOWTIME; Beginning Week of August 19

Produced by SHOWTIME Sports® and CBS Sports in Association with NFL Films, “LT: The Life & Times” Focuses on LT’s Hall of Fame Career, Turbulent Life Away from the Game, and Life Today

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NEW YORK (August 15, 2013) — LT: The Life & Times,  a feature-length documentary film chronicling the spectacular on-field Hall of Fame NFL career of Lawrence Taylor, as well as his tumultuous off-field life, comes to SHOWTIME® Friday, September 20, 2013 (8 p.m. ET/PT,). The documentary will be the first-ever in-depth look focusing on Taylor’s life with never-before-heard stories from Taylor, his family and friends, his former teammates and coaches on his playing days with the New York Giants, as well as his infamous off-field challenges, including his criminal and civil trial, and the troubling times that have plagued him throughout his life.

Today, Taylor is a husband, father and grandfather who credits the support of his family as the reason he is alive. For the first-time, LT: The Life & Times reveals insights from Taylor’s current wife, ex-wife and children, who speak about the ups and downs of life with the living legend.

Leading up to the premiere of LT: The Life & Times on SHOWTIME, CBSSports.com will air an exclusive five-episode original web series beginning the week of August 19 that will introduce viewers to the key players in Taylor’s life. Teammates and coaches will share their insights into his dominance on the football field, and friends and family will relive their experiences with Taylor in New York during the 1980s. Stories from Phil Simms, Taylor’s close friend Dino Kyriacou, and others will give viewers an inside look at the professional and personal life of Taylor from the perspectives of those closest to him. New webisodes will debut every Wednesday on CBSSports.com through the week of the film’s premiere on SHOWTIME on Friday, September 20.

“We first introduced exclusive webisodes to great success with the SHOWTIME Sports and CBS Sports documentary, A Game of Honor,” said Pete Radovich, Jr., Director and Producer, LT: The Life & Times. “The web series is a perfect way to give viewers a glimpse of the access this documentary will provide into Lawrence Taylor’s life. Love him or hate him, he singlehandedly changed the linebacker position in the NFL with his on-field talent and dynamic personality. This authentic, true-life documentary will change your opinion of Taylor – for better or worse.”

LT: The Life & Times is produced by SHOWTIME Sports and CBS Sports in association with NFL Films.  In addition to this documentary, SHOWTIME, CBS and NFL Films have collaborated for the past five years on the EMMY® Award winning series INSIDE THE NFL.

LT: The Life & Times is directed and produced by the CBS Sports’ EMMY Award winning production team from 2011’s Sports Documentary of the Year, A GAME OF HONOR.  CBS Sports’ Creative Director, Pete Radovich, Jr., is the producer and director with CBS Sports Vice President, Remote Production Steve Karasik co-producing.

Pioneering Black Quarterbacks Recall Integrating The NFL’s Top Position In The Face Of Racism On The Next Edition Of “60 Minutes Sports” On Showtime®

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PIONEERING BLACK QUARTERBACKS JAMES HARRIS,

WARREN MOON, MARLIN BRISCOE, DOUG WILLIAMS RECALL INTEGRATING THE NFL’S TOP POSITION IN THE FACE OF RACISM ON THE NEXT EDITION OF

“60 MINUTES SPORTS” ON SHOWTIME®

 

Premieres Wednesday, August 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

 

Marlin Briscoe, the First Black Starting NFL QB, Says Watching Doug Williams Become the First Black QB to Start in a Super Bowl Saved His Life by Inspiring Him to Give Up Drugs

 

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Two decades after Jackie Robinson broke pro baseball’s color line the NFL still had no black quarterbacks, even as African Americans excelled at every other position on the field. It was pro-football’s open secret: the quarterback position was for whites only.   A handful of pioneers began to change this in 1968 and three of them tell their humiliating and often emotional stories to correspondent Armen Keteyian about an unpopular chapter in the history of America’s most-popular sport.  Keteyian also talks to the black QBs of the 1980s and ‘90s whose paths were paved by those pioneers in this rarely told story for the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, Wednesday,  August  7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.

Marlin Briscoe, who still holds the Denver Broncos rookie passing record of 14 touchdowns in five games, was the first African American to start an NFL game on Oct. 6, 1968.  Despite this successful beginning, he was not even invited to a post-season meeting about the quarterback position. They would find a white player to replace the starter he substituted for.  He joined the Buffalo Bills and then the Miami Dolphins, playing the rest of his career as a wide receiver. Was it institutional racism? “About 95 percent,” Briscoe tells Keteyian.

Star black quarterbacks in high school and college got drafted into the NFL in the 1950s and ‘60s, but a disturbing thing happened when they got there. It happened to Briscoe.   “Well, they tell me that, you know, I am an athlete.”  The implication was he and other blacks would have to be receivers or defensive backs to be successful in the NFL.

The first black to start the season at quarterback in the NFL, James Harris, didn’t switch. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King and groomed to be the first NFL starting quarterback by his coach at Grambling, the legendary Eddie Robinson, Harris overcame humiliation and frustration.  Drafted by the Buffalo Bills, he was told to play wide receiver while learning quarterback, had to stay at the YMCA instead of the players’ hotel and suffered the indignity of working in the equipment room cleaning spikes. “I knew that was out of line,” says Harris.  But in 1969, Harris persevered, just as Robinson knew he would.  He went on to play 13 seasons; leading the LA Rams to the NFC Championship in 1974, but it was hard.

He received death threats, withstood racial epithets and was never considered the face of any of the franchises he played for.  He tells Keteyian he was a black quarterback and every article that was written referred to him in that way. “It affected my play. …I tried to play perfect.”

In 1978, quarterback Warren Moon led the University of Washington to an upset victory in the Rose Bowl.  He was not even drafted by the NFL. “I was…very, very bitter,” he says.  Forced to go to the Canadian Football League, he did so well there that six years later, NFL teams started a bidding war for him and Moon wound up being, for a time, the highest paid player in the NFL.  He played so well for 17 seasons in the NFL that he became the first black quarterback admitted to the Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He, too, earned it the hard way.

Moon endured the racial epithets and death threats like the others.  It was a burden, but one he took advantage of he tells Keteyian. “I pretty much played my whole career…with a chip on my shoulder…and that drive helped me play for as long as I did and for as high a level as I did,” he says.  “You felt like not only did you have to play well for yourself, but you were playing for your race…You knew you were doing something that was going to help another generation of guys,” says Moon.

Keteyian also talks to Doug Williams, whose exploits took the Washington Redskins past the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII in 1988, earning him the game MVP Award – the first for a black quarterback and a milestone in the integration of the position.  It was a special day for men like Moon and Harris and even more important for Briscoe, who had fallen on hard times after his football career and another as a stock broker.  He watched the game in a San Diego jail, locked up for drug possession. He had become addicted to crack cocaine.

“I just cried when the game was over…just made me feel so proud. And I felt I had something to do with this,” he tells Keteyian.   Briscoe says he cried tears of joy for Williams and the black race, but also tears for himself for being where he was now after helping pave the way for such a feat.  “And after I got out of the San Diego jail, I moved back to LA, didn’t do drugs since,” says Briscoe.  “That day probably saved my live.”

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Undisputed Super Lightweight World Championship Mega-Fight Danny “Swift” Garcia Vs. Lucas Matthysse Added As Co-Main Event Of “The One: Mayweather Vs. Canelo”

showtime-sportsTWO OF THE MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FIGHTS IN YEARS ON THE

SAME NIGHT; SATURDAY, SEPT. 14 AT THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA

IN LAS VEGAS, LIVE ON SHOWTIME PPV®

LOS ANGELES (July 18, 2013) – Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions officially announced today that Undisputed Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse will meet in a decisive bout which will anchor the undercard of the biggest boxing event in years, “THE ONE: Mayweather vs. Canelo” on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME PPV®

If Mayweather vs. Canelo is “THE ONE” fight for boxing fans worldwide, then the highly anticipated Garcia vs. Matthysse is “THE ONE-A.”  Garcia, the undefeated WBC, WBA Super and The Ring Magazine World Champion, has emerged as the division’s dominant force over the last 18 months by dismantling world champions Amir Kahn, Zab Judah and Mexican legend Erik Morales twice.  Matthysse burst on to the world stage in May by seizing the scoring an electrifying knockout of highly skilled World Champion Lamont Peterson.  The third-round knockout of Peterson put the world on notice that Matthysse’s power was to be feared and that The Machine was rising to the division’s top spot.

Now, the fight that has been called potentially “mind blowing” (Yahoo! Sports), could steal the show of a mega-event headlined by the world’s pound-for-pound king, Mayweather, and a young fighter who many have tapped as boxing’s next global star, Canelo.
“This is the fight I wanted and the fight that I asked for.  That is why I’m so happy this fight has been made and will be a part of this huge event,” said Danny Garcia.  “I’m more confident than ever in my abilities and I’m going to show it on September 14.  Matthysse is a good fighter and has a big punch, but I’m a talented fighter with what it takes to be a champion and stay that way.  This is an opportunity for the world to see what I can really do in the ring.”

“I’m glad I finally get a chance to fight Danny Garcia,” said Lucas Matthysse.  “This is the fight that the entire boxing world (especially my country Argentina) and I wanted.  I want to thank my promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Mario Arano for making this fight possible.  On September 14, I will show the world that I am the best 140 pound fighter on the planet.”

“Floyd was adamant about giving fans what they wanted to see when he chose Canelo Alvarez as his opponent for his September 14 fight,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions.  “We’re thrilled that Garcia vs. Matthysse has been added to the card, and that fans will be getting even more boxing at its best.”

“The compelling match-up between Garcia and Matthysse could absolutely be its own main event,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.  “We’ve added another fight that fans have been clamoring for to an already stellar night of boxing.  With the addition of this mega fight we are certain that “THE ONE” will continue to break boxing records.”

“Boxing is at its finest when the best step up to fight the best, and this is what we have with Mayweather and Canelo and now Garcia and Matthysse,” said President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya.  “September 14 will be one of the most memorable nights of boxing we have been treated to in a long time.”

“Garcia vs. Matthysse is a fight fan’s dream matchup,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®.  “It is a main event-quality fight by itself.  To add it to what is already the biggest pay-per-view main event in years, makes the September 14 event the best PPV card in recent memory.”

Garcia (26-0, 20 KO’s) is a popular and crowd-pleasing fighter in the prime of his career.  In his last start, the 25-year-old boxer-puncher registered one knockdown en route to successfully defending his 140-pound titles with a clear, hard-fought unanimous decision win over former Four-Time World Champion Judah on April 27 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.  The victory over Judah continued Garcia’s streak of sensational performances against high-profile opposition that began a year earlier when he defeated the legendary Morales the first time via a unanimous decision to capture the WBC world title.  The following July, Garcia shocked Khan and the boxing world with a stunning fourth-round technical knockout of the British superstar to add the WBA Super and Ring Magazine World Championships to his collection.  On Oct. 20, 2012, Garcia knocked Morales out with a hellacious left hook in the fourth round of their rematch.  A 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, Garcia is a physically strong, durable and determined young fighter who is poised and patient in the ring who has fought current or past world champions in his last six fights: Judah, Khan, Morales twice, Kendall Holt and Nate Campbell.

The demand for Garcia vs. Matthysse began immediately after Matthysse brutally knocked out Peterson, dropping him three times, this past May 18 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s), who is rated No. 1 at 140 lbs. by The RING Magazine, has scored a staggering 94 percent of his wins by knockout, one of the highest KO percentages for a world champion in history.  The 30-year-old hails from Trelew, Argentina and has won six fights in a row by knockout.  In his last nine fights, he has fought five world champions defeating Peterson (TKO 3), Humberto Soto (TKO 5) and DeMarcus Corley (TKO 8) and losing extremely close, questionable 10-round split decisions against Devon Alexander and Judah in his opponents’ home towns.  Many observers think he deserved to win both of those fights.  Matthysse, who constantly pressures his opponents and wears them down, was also a solid amateur boxer in his native Argentina.

 

“THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Championships and Mayweather’s WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship taking place Saturday, Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Valvoline, Mexico Tourism and Fred Loya Insurance.  In the 12-round co-featured attraction, WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia and thunderous punching WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse square off in a fight presented in association with Swift Promotions and Arano Box Promotions.  The mega-event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP).

Less than 24 hours after going on sale in June, the event was sold out, but six MGM Resorts properties will host live closed circuit telecasts of “THE ONE.”  Properties showcasing the event include ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York-New York.  General admission tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $100, not including handling fees, and are available for purchase at each individual property’s box office outlets and also are available for purchase by phone with a major credit card at 866-799-7711.  Closed circuit ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.  Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

New York Mets Legend Dwight Gooden Talks Candidly About Drug Abuse On The Next Edition Of Jim Rome On Showtime®

rome-showtime49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and NBA Commissioner David Stern are interviewed by Rome while outspoken MMA fighter Chael Sonnen calls out LeBron James and others in a lively Open Forum discussion with NFL player Brendon Ayanbadejo and NBA commentator Tom Tolbert

 JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME Airs Tonight/Wednesday, June 12 at 9p ET/PT

Only on SHOWTIME®

LOS ANGELES (June 12, 2013) – No topic is off limits as New York Mets legend Dwight Gooden talks openly and honestly about missing the Mets 1986 World Series parade, the first time he tried cocaine, and chokes up when speaking about handing the game ball to his dying father after pitching a no-hitter in Yankee Stadium, all on this month’s edition of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME—premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

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Also appearing on this month’s edition are San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who explains the newest addition to his expanding tattoo collection, and outgoing NBA Commissioner David Stern, who talks about the highs and lows of 30 years on the job.

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Stern video:

NFL player Brendon Ayanbadejo, MMA fighter Chael Sonnen and NBA commentator Tom Tolbert all stop by for a lively Open Forum discussion.  The group discusses LeBron James’ greatness and answers Rome’s question: What sport has the toughest athlete?

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Providing comedic relief are brothers Jason and Randy Sklar who joke about some of today’s top sports’ headlines and Rome gives some stern advice to Justin Bieber in his “Sincerely Yours” segment.

Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:

JIM ROME: You didn’t make it to the Mets victory parade in 1986. Why not? And where were you?

DWIGHT GOODEN: “That was one in the book that I struggled with putting on paper, but I said that if I’m going to come clean, I have to come clean. That parade should have been the greatest moment of my baseball career and it turned out to be the worst moment of my baseball career. I was active in my addiction. I went to my drug dealers to get some drugs for the parade and then to meet my teammates at a local bar but I never made it. I was at my drug dealers on Long Island in the housing projects. I remember just watching the clock spinning so fast and then watching the parade on TV and that really sobered me up. But I remember the guilt and the shame and the embarrassment that I felt. I remember driving to my apartment and just balling and thinking: How am I going to explain this to my teammates now that they know I have this problem?

ROME: You were on Season 5 of “Celebrity Rehab”. Who had the biggest issues?

GOODEN: I would say Michael Lohan. He was definitely a head case. He’s doing well now but now I can kind of see why Lindsay has the problems she has.

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ROME: Colin, I know a lot has been made of your tattoos. I know you got some more work done recently. What did you do?

COLIN KAEPERNICK: I got some tribal work done across my chest to finish my chest plate. A lot of different meanings there: Family, inner strength, spiritual growth and humility are the main ones.

ROME: The chest plate is really interesting to me. You have “Against All Odds”. Break that down. Why were the odds against you?

KAEPERNICK: I just feel like at every point, every step of my life there’s been people telling me I can’t do things; that I won’t make it because of this, that or the other. To me, there are a lot of situations where I shouldn’t have succeeded. I really do believe that the odds were against me.

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ROME: “The Decision” went so badly for LeBron. Do you think LeBron had it in him to turn this thing around like he has?

CHAEL SONNEN: I think LeBron’s a dork. Listen, he won one world championship and it was in the Olympic Games. It’s so aggravating to hear someone win an NBA title and be called a world champion when it’s only done in America. If you’re not at a global event where everyone can participate, then you didn’t win a world championship, you won a national championship.

TOM TOLBERT: All I know is that people love greatness. And they love winners. How’s he a dork?

SONNEN: LeBrons’s a nerd. LeBron’s a wimp. You got this nerd named Ray Lewis. You know, if I saw these guys I’d smack ‘em right in the face.

ROME: If you had to pick pound for pound, who’s the toughest athlete by sport?

BRENDON AYANBADEJO: I would say UFC fighters. It pains me to say it, because we know that fatigue makes a coward of us all. Not only are you fatigued in the UFC, but you are also performing a skilled martial art. You have to go out and execute a skilled game plan.

SONNEN: To me it’s who can overcome adversity. It’s who’s tired and who can push through anyway. I like marathon runners because I know it’s hard. You want to stop but you keep stepping one foot in front of the other. I really admire that.

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ROME: You presented Magic Johnson the NBA All-Star MVP trophy in Orlando. What made that day so significant to you?

DAVID STERN: I think No. 1 it gave me the opportunity to give him a big hug in front of a network audience stage that told the world that you can’t get AIDS from hugging somebody. It was just so much a moment to cherish that he was alive and we thought we were going to lose him. And here he is alive and well and healthy.

Top highlight from Rome’s “Sincerely Yours” segment:

ROME to Justin Bieber: I don’t want to hear about Keyshawn Johnson chasing you around your hood because you’re going too fast and furious in your Ferrari. You live in Calabasas, not the Brickyard, Biebs. You’re supposed to be running from 13-year-old Beliebers, not 40-year-old receivers. Be a good neighbor and call your 40 million followers off Eric Dickerson, too. Because the second he hit you on Twitter, your army was hitting the Dick with things like, “Who the F— are you?” and “Shut up, Grandpa!” Come on. That grandpa was breaking rushing records three decades before you were dropping “Baby”. You and your legions need to respect your elders and step off the NFL, because if there’s any force as fierce in this country as Bieber Fever, it’s pro football. Bieber fans want no part of Raiders fans.

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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®

60-min-showtime“HE WASN’T A NICKNAME KIND OF HORSE;

HE WAS SECRETARIAT,”RECALLS HIS OWNER   –

“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

showtime-sportsFIVE-PART SERIES NARRATED BY COMMON—THE GRAMMY AWARD WINNING HIP-HOP ARTIST, NOTED ACTOR AND AUTHOR

“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

 TWEET NOW:  “What I’m gonna give you is All Access, raw & uncut,” @FloydMayweather. Catch the premiere tomorrow at 10p!

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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