The Association for Women in Sports Media released a statement on the heels of Newton’s remark.
By Terry Lyons, Editor-in-Chief
The concept of a lovable loser in sports resonates with many. The thought conjures up images of fans, with paper grocery bags over their heads, caught on film and embarrassed at the very prospect of of attending a game for their favorite team, their cellar-dweller, their 0-and-whatever last place loser. As a smile comes along with the thought, the vision, someone who enjoys the sporting side of life, can only think of one thing better than a “lovable loser.’
A lovable winner.
George Foreman is that lovable winner and his life story has been well told in a new documentary to air on EPIX tonight (Sept. 13th – 8:00pm ET). The documentary, has been produced by George Foreman Jr. who has forever chronicled the legacy of his father, Olympic Gold Medalist and former heavyweight champion of the world. The show is ably exec-produced by Gary Cohen, who gave us “Requiem for the BIG EAST,” and it is directed by Chris Perkel (Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives). Ross Hockrow did the editing and Jill Burkhart and Valerie Bishop Pearson are producers.
While Foreman’s recent relevance has been as a celebrity, an entrepreneur and spokesman for all things “Grilling,” even an aging sports fan might forget the Foreman of 1968, proudly holding his Mexico City Olympics gold medal for winning the heavyweight division over considerable competition from Cuba and Europe. One might forget his sleek, carved physique born from a tough upbringing in the 5th Ward of Houston, Texas, an area in the news recently as Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and the Gulf Coast region.
“George Foreman was a tornado that blew thorough the heavyweight division, but then, it was gone,” tv commentator excellent, Larry Merchant reminded us in the documentary.
Cohen and Foreman Jr. compiled all the great footage and highlighted it early and often in the piece, bringing back memories from Foreman’s post-Olympics visit to see President Lyndon Johnson (a fellow Texan) at The White House. Nostalgic clips from Foreman’s fight against Smoking’ Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica sets the scene, chronicling Foreman’s surprise second-round knock-out of Frazier, complete with the memorable call by the late Howard Cosell. The sight will stir the memories which are sure to send chills up a spine for any fight fan. It is reason, alone, not to miss this gem.
Of course, the “real” George Foreman story is that of an amazing comeback, at age 45 nonetheless.
“I’m closer to 50 than I am to 20,” said the legend on film, with that trademark twinkle in his eyes, teasing the very story we only thought we remembered.
The rest of the documentary does the job and takes you on that memorable ride, a wonderful, classic sports memory we all might’ve forgotten if not for for this terrific work.
NEW YORK – (Staff report from Official news release) – The BIG EAST Conference today announced the launch of “BIG EAST Shootaround,” a live weekly online show that focuses on the league’s premier sport of men’s basketball in a full digital-forward approach. The first episode will air on Thursday, Aug. 10, and continue weekly over the coming year. The show will be distributed on FOX Sports GO, the BIG EAST Facebook page and @BIGEAST Twitter handle and via podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
BIG EAST Shootaround will feature behind the scenes, in-depth stories from the Conference’s 10 member schools. John Fanta, a Seton Hall alum and senior BIG EAST correspondent, will serve as the show’s host, and guests will include coaches, basketball student-athletes, media members and other basketball insiders. Women’s basketball coverage will be included in the programming mix.
The first show will feature Seton Hall seniors Angel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez, Khadeen Carrington and Ismael Sanogo from the BIG EAST Conference offices in midtown Manhattan.
“BIG EAST Shootaround is designed to provide coverage of BIG EAST Basketball all year round, not just during basketball season,” said Rick Gentile BIG EAST Senior Associate Commissioner, Broadcasting. “Our schools’ basketball programs don’t take off from April through October, and our supporters are eager to keep up with off-season stories and developments. We aim to fill the void in media coverage during that period with news, interviews and updates from each of our campuses and reach all of our audiences in all places.”
BIG EAST Shootaround will be interactive as fans can submit questions for Fanta and guests on Twitter and on Facebook with the hashtag #BEshootaround.
LAS VEGAS – The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved rules changes pertaining to timeout format and procedures for administrating free throws and halftime.
Effective with the 2017-18 season, the maximum number of timeouts per game will decrease from 18 to 14. In addition, during the last three minutes of a game, teams will be limited to two team timeouts each instead of the previous rule that allowed three per team in the last two minutes.
“These changes will help us fulfill our goal of improving game flow and pace of play,” said Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations. “Fewer stoppages and less time without action, especially at the end of a game, will further enhance the viewing experience for our fans.”
The rule modifications for timeouts are below:
The NBA also made the following changes regarding game flow:
In addition, the Board of Governors approved moving the trade deadline from the Thursday after the NBA All-Star Game to the Thursday 10 days before the All-Star Game. With the new placement of the trade deadline, teams will be able to settle their rosters before the All-Star break and avoid the disruptions that result from players joining new teams just as practices and games are beginning to resume following the All-Star break.
The NBA’s Competition Committee unanimously recommended the rules changes before the Board of Governors’ vote.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced a partnership with IMG and its collegiate sports marketing wing to focus and stage a series of premier basketball events for both men and women at the collegiate level. As a non-profit institution committed to promoting and celebrating the game of basketball at all levels, the Basketball Hall of Fame is attempting to elevate its roster of collegiate events and through this new partnership, IMG College and the Hall will collaborate on existing events in the portfolio – with a focus on event planning, sponsorship sales, television and ticket sales – while seeking to create new events in locations of mutual interest.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Our partnership with IMG will support expansion of our portfolio of events, providing memorable experiences for athletes and fans from coast to coast.”
“We are happy to partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame on this exciting slate of college basketball events,” said Tim Pernetti, President, IMG College. “Through this relationship, we will help to elevate the Hall of Fame’s existing portfolio and also provide new solutions for schools across the country in the event space.”
As part of this partnership, which begins with the 2017-18 season, the Basketball Hall of Fame will collaborate with IMG on previously staged and announced events hosting 14 teams at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, six teams at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and four teams at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami in the 2017-18 basketball season.