SBD/Issue 244/Sports Media
Say How: Former NFLer To Star In "Sports Jobs" Show On Versus
Published September 9, 2009
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FIGHT NIGHT: Last night's episode of ABC's "Shaq Vs." featured O'Neal boxing against Oscar De La Hoya. De La Hoya: "Never in my wildest dreams did I think that he would want to box against me. I've been boxing since I was four-years-old." Former boxer Bernard Hopkins served as De La Hoya's corner man, while trainer Freddy Roach was in O'Neal's corner. De La Hoya won the five-round fight via unanimous decision ("Shaq Vs.," ABC, 9/8). O'Neal said the Cavaliers have expressed concern that he could be injured filming the series, but he said, "I just told them, 'Don't worry about it. I'm going to go out there and respect everybody and respect myself and not put myself or put the team in jeopardy.'" He did say Cavs GM Danny Ferry "wanted me to use headgear" against De La Hoya. ("PTI," ESPN, 9/8). O'Neal added a second season of the show has been picked up, in which he will challenge "seven more athletes, and I'm still talking" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/8).
TIME TO GET MORE POPCORN READY: VH1 today picked up the option for a second season of Owens' reality series "The T.O. Show" (VH1). VH1 President Tom Calderone in an e-mail said the net is "extremely happy with the ratings both in Buffalo and nationwide." Calderone: "The great thing about the ratings, besides the premieres, is that the repeats are holding up well too" (BUFFALO NEWS, 9/5).