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HBO Working On COVID-19 Sports Documentary

“The documentary will be built largely around Paul’s first hand account of the March 11 game between his Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz.”

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The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t history yet. It is still very much our present in the United States. That isn’t stopping HBO from making plans to tell the story of this moment in history. The premium cable network announced today plans for a documentary called The Day Sports Stood Still.

Chris Paul will serve as executive producer of the project. It will be directed by Antonio Fuqua, who has scored major Hollywood hits with Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen, and The Equalizer. Fuqua has experience with HBO Sports too, directing last year’s Muhammad Ali documentary What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali.

The documentary will be built largely around Paul’s first hand account of the March 11 game between his Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz. That game was cancelled in the middle of the action after it was revealed that Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for the coronavirus.

In addition to that night, Paul and other athletes from across multiple sports will relive the uncertainty in between games shutting down and restarting, the efforts to create bubbles for leagues like the NBA, WNBA, and NHL, and life in quarantine.

There’s no firm debut set yet. All we know is that the documentary will show up on HBO sometime in 2021. With that being the case, it is almost certain to hit on stories about college football, the Tennessee Titans, and other teams and leagues having to shuffle schedules on the fly.

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Rebecca Lobo Signs Extension With ESPN

She has served as the analyst for the network’s coverage of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and the National Championship Game.

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ESPN and Rebecca Lobo have signed an extension to keep the women’s basketball legend with the network.

Lobo joined ESPN in 2004 as a WNBA and women’s college basketball analyst. She has served as the analyst for the network’s coverage of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and the National Championship Game.

“I am thrilled to continue doing what I love, calling women’s basketball games,” said Lobo. “It is an honor to be a part of the soundtrack for the games played by these incredible female athletes.”

Lobo had a storied career at UConn before winning an Olympic Gold Medal. She was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

“Rebecca is one of the best in the business. She excels on both game coverage and studio coverage,” said Patricia Lowry, ESPN Vice President, Production. “Her knowledge, history, and passion for the game and its growth continue to make us better.  She is a true asset and a highly valued member of our team.”

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ESPN Reaches Extension To Remain Home of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

“It’s a sports calendar and Fourth of July staple, one of those classic, timeless events we know fans look forward to every year.”

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ESPN and the International Federation of Competitive Eating have agreed to a deal that will see the network remain the home of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th of July.

The Major League Eating contest has aired on the network since 2004. The new contract will see the event take place on ESPN through the 2029 event.

“You can’t beat the spectacle that is the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest,” said ESPN Director of Programming & Acquisitions John Suchenski. “It’s a sports calendar and Fourth of July staple, one of those classic, timeless events we know fans look forward to every year. It has had memorable moments over the years, and we’re ecstatic that many more will be on our platforms for the foreseeable future.”

The event has risen to prominence during its tenure with the Disney-owned network, seeing the rivalry between Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut grow into one of national prominence. The rivalry even sparked an ESPN documentary on the subject. Chestnut has grown into an American celebrity for his performance during the contest, winning his 15th mustard-yellow belt in 2022.

“We’re thrilled to extend our agreement with ESPN and ensure that viewers will continue to join in this great July Fourth tradition. ESPN is a fantastic broadcast partner and they capture the spirit of the event perfectly.”

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Patrick Reed Lawsuit Against Golf Media Members Dismissed

The judge dismissed Reed’s case and claimed it was a “shotgun pleading” that did not support the accusations levied against the media members.

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LIV Golfer Patrick Reed saw his defamation lawsuit against several golf media members dismissed by a federal judge last week.

Reed originally sued Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamblee in August, alleging more than $750 million in damages after Reed claimed “personal attacks” from the network and analyst had “harmed his performance”.

Also included in his lawsuit was PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. He later added FOX Sports and The New York Post, writer Shane Ryan, and Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press to the list of those he believed had defamed him.

The judge dismissed Reed’s case and claimed it was a “shotgun pleading” that did not support the accusations levied against the media members.

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