Under Review

March 01, 2004
March 01, 2004

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March 1, 2004

Pro Basketball

Under Review

NO REPRISE Will the ratings success of Playmakers--the show the
NFL doesn't want you to see--lead to a second life on another
network? "The minute ESPN announced they weren't going to do it
anymore, the first thought that crossed our minds was, 'Is it
something we can bring over here?'" says Kevin Kay, Spike TV's
executive vice president of programming and production. Kay
ultimately decided Playmakers was too expensive for Spike to
produce, but he needn't have bothered to crunch the numbers. ESPN
owns Playmakers and has no intention of selling it, feeling that
would render the show's cancellation moot. "Playmakers has our
DNA," says ESPN executive vice president Mark Shapiro. "The
primary reason we stopped airing the show was our relationship
with the NFL." Playmakers, which drew nearly two million viewers
per episode in its 11-week run, isn't entirely dead: A three-disc
DVD on the fictional Cougars' first and only season hits stores
on April 20.

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MOVING AROUND Max Kellerman who presided over the screaming
voices on ESPN's Around the Horn before his contract ran out last
month, has gone to Fox Sports Net. Kellerman, 30, will host a
daily half-hour talk and interview show that FSN calls "a cross
between The O'Reilly Factor and The Daily Show." It's set to
debut in April. Horn will continue with host Tony Reali,
Kellerman's interim replacement.... George Foreman will call his
last fight card for HBO this Saturday, but he could be back on
the network soon. The 55-year-old plans to return for one last
bout and doesn't want to fight on pay-per-view. "He's on a
mission to change people's perception of growing old, and he
wants [to reach] as many eyeballs as possible," says HBO Sports
president Ross Greenburg. "I'd like to convince him to appear on
his home for the last 12 years."