Quote of the Day

"The perception is that these are for sports fans. They are for everyone, and some of the best short documentaries I've ever seen."
TV producer Bill Lawrence, talking about ESPN's "30 for 30" series as part of a feature on underrated television shows. (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, 3/21 issue)
Friday March 14, 2014 Vol. 20 — No. 127 Print This Issue

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  • Brooklyn One-Seven?

    Barclays Center reportedly hasn't approached the A-10 about ending its deal

    The Atlantic 10 Conference will not "move the days of its conference tournament at the Barclays Center for the ACC in 2017 ... unless it gets a deal with the ACC that could include a non-conference scheduling agreement," according to a source cited by Andy Katz of ESPN.com. SI.com this morning reported that the ACC was close to reaching a multiyear deal to hold its tournament at the Brooklyn arena that could start as early as '17. The source said that Barclays "hasn't approached the A-10 about shortening" its five-year deal to play in the arena, which is scheduled to end in '17, and the A-10 "would not get out of the deal early." However, the source added that A-10 officials are "open to negotiating a deal" that would allow both c ...

  • Waving The Green Flag

    Verizon, IndyCar make title sponsorship deal official.

  • Chris Cross

    Wildhack details why Chris Fowler can handle double duty hosting "GameDay," calling games.

  • Steph By Steph

    Under Armour plans on making Stephen Curry the focal point of its basketball brand.

  • Conference Call

    Larry Scott taps WCC's Jamie Zaninovich as his Pac-12 right-hand man.

  • Hub Of Activity

    Following MLB's growing trend, the Red Sox announce dynamic pricing for Green Monster.

  • CBS Set To Air Documentary On Annual NBA Summer League Exhibition

    CBS on Saturday will debut a documentary exploring the ’13 NBA Summer League and several players’ aspirations of breaking through to the next level. “Summer Dreams,” a two-hour film narrated by actor Chris Noth, airs at 8:00pm ET following the Mountain West Conference championship game. It looks at a two-week portion of the NBA calendar in July that has gone largely uncovered until now, said Exec Producer Mike Tollin. “This story hasn’t really been told yet, a part of the NBA that hasn’t really gotten much exposure. That’s attractive,” said Tollin, who has worked on various ESPN “30 for 30” films, “Arli$$" and “Coach Carter.” Tollin hatched the idea for the film with CBS Exec VP/Alternative Programming Chris Castallo, who told him the net was “hungry for unscripted storytelling that might appeal to younger and predominately male demographics.” The film showcases two first-round picks in the '13 NBA Draft, Mavericks G Shane Larkin and 76ers G Michael Carter-Williams, along with a pair of other players, Romero Osby and Dwayne Davis, who are trying to break into the league. It also follows referee Lauren Holtkamp as she attempts to become a full-time female official in the NBA, and little-known coach Joel Abelson. “The idea was to come up with a cross-section of characters that would represent the full spectrum of the NBA family,” Tollin said. “The lottery players are going to get guaranteed seven-figure contracts, so there is less at stake for them than a guy who is literally fighting for his livelihood.”

    COULD BE ADAPTED INTO A WEEKLY SERIES: The Summer League is split between Las Vegas (22 teams) and Orlando (10 teams), but Tollin and his crew of more than a dozen cameras spent most of their time in Sin City due to the potential for more storylines. He said Las Vegas is the “colorful league, the one that’s really set up for a big audience.” Tollin: “They’ll have 10,000 people on a good day, there’s a lot more activity and stories to uncover.” Depending on the film’s success, Tollin said it could turn into either a weekly series on a to-be-determined channel or an annual project. “There was a general sense that they (the NBA) would love to increase the profile of the league,” Tollin said. “They get it that their players are everything and that’s what attracts fans.” “Summer Dreams” was produced by Raquel Productions in association with Mandalay Sports Media, with Jon Weinbach serving as co-Exec Producer.

  • Started From The Bottom

    Jazz struggling in the standings but bullish on the future.

  • Gonna Fly Now

    "Rocky" musical draws mostly positive reviews on debut night.

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