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Dark Side Of The Ring Gets Supersized Season 3

The series is starting its third season this week on VICE TV.

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VICE TV is back in between the ropes with their third season of Dark Side of the Ring set to premiere on May 6. After pumping out 16 episodes across the first two seasons, the show is back and bigger than ever with a 16 episode slate.

This season will focus on the steroid issues that faced wresting and WWF in the 1990s. Vince McMahon nearly went to prison for the scandals. It’s a story that executive producers and co-creators Evan Husney and Jason Eisener told Awful Announcing wasn’t possible without the lessons learned in the first two seasons.

“I think we’re in a better position now to make that than we were then,” Husney said. “[The WWF steroid trials] is a story we’ve always wanted to tell. There’s a lot there; there’s a lot to research. We really needed to take our time to make sure we were doing that correctly. We’re very, very excited for that episode to come out.”

The two are experienced filmmakers are out to prove these stories can be viable properties on the big screen or in scripted television.

“If you’re a fan of wrestling and know another fan of wrestling, it’s like you’re in on this universe, this secret,” Eisener said. “But to people outside of it and they don’t know it, you’re trying to tell them ‘This is why wrestling is the greatest artform on the planet,’ but it goes over their head. So for Evan and I, this show is our way to sit down with our loved ones and other people and show them ‘This is why wrestling is so important.’”

Wrestling fans eager to catch up on past seasons can watch all 16 previous episodes of Dark Side of the Ring on Hulu. Season three debuts on VICE TV Thursday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET. 

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FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts

“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

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FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.

“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.

“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”

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Bob Costas Re-Lives First Announcing Assignment For NBC

“My biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979.”

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Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas appeared on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes Thursday to discuss the death of Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. But before the conversation turned to the recently departed pitcher, the show asked Costas about what he has announced that would surprise someone. He reminisced about his first time on the air for NBC.

“My very first assignment for NBC, my biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979,” Costas recounted. “There was a program on NBC then called Sports World. It was an anthology series that was their answer to the gold standard, ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

“So they traveled the globe, like Wide World of Sports did. So they sent me, wearing a red NBC jacket, to Tokyo to cover a sumo wrestling tournament with seven-time world power-lifting champion Larry Pacifico as my color man. Now, this is all the Japanese I learned as we came on the air: ‘Minasan kon’nichwa watashinoamaeha Bob Costas’, which means ‘Hello everyone, my name is Bob Costas’. If ever there was typecasting, when they sat and looked at their roster of announcers and went ‘Who should we send to the sumo wrestling? It’s gotta be Costas, who’s entire body weight would constitute one meal for the sumo wrestling champion.”

Costas departed NBC Sports in 2019 after 40 years with the network, announcing MLB, NBA, and the Olympics, in addition to his work with the network’s sumo wrestling coverage.

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Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”

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FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.

USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.

The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.

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