I'm a bit surpised - not only are they coming back, they're expanding. That worked SO WELL for the last TNN psuedo sports property....
THE NEW TNN DRIVES FORWARD WITH SECOND SEASON OF "SLAMBALL"
Tollin/Robbins Productions To Resume Production Of America's First Extreme Team Sport
Former Philadelphia 76ers President Pat Croce Returns As Venture Partner In Revolutionary New Sports League
New York, NY - January 16, 2003 - SLAMBALL -- the extreme team sport that combines the fast-court action of basketball with the full-body contact elements of hockey which debuted on television and came into popular culture during the summer of 2002, has been picked-up for a second season on The New TNN, TV's first entertainment network for men. Pat Croce, former president and current limited partner/board of directors' member of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers also returns as both a venture partner and occasional sideline commentator for this revolutionary new sports league. SLAMBALL was created and produced exclusively for The New TNN by Tollin/Robbins Productions (TRP) in association with Telepictures Productions.
"SLAMBALL's high-flying nonstop assaults above the rim take on a video-game-style action that our adult male audience is primed for," said Albie Hecht, President, The New TNN. "Over 65% of SLAMBALL's audience has been Men 18-49, proving it's a winner for the first network for men."
In its first season SLAMBALL drew 60% more Men 18-49 viewers (.4 rating/ 221,000 average viewers) than last year's comparable time period, bringing the program's total audience comp to 69 % male viewers. The show delivered the network's strongest numbers with African-American Men 18-49 (.9 rating and 50,000 viewers) and younger (teens 12-17) viewers (.8 rating and 79,000 viewers).
"We're really excited about season two and we intend to make SLAMBALL an even bigger part of the sports landscape. The buzz from our first year was exceptional and we are thrilled be a focal point of Albie's plans for the new TNN," said Mike Tollin, founder and partner of T/RP.
The second season of this groundbreaking sport will feature eight teams and 13 one-hour episodes where teams will compete round robin-style for the SLAMBALL championship title. Player recruitment and production is slated to start this spring. SLAMBALL's 2002 inaugural season featured six teams -- Bouncers, Diablos, Mob, Rumble, Slasher and Steal -- with the Rumble grabbing the championship title.
Each weekly competition features behind-the-scenes interviews with the players and coaches, along with in-depth player profiles. SLAMBALL features two teams playing four-on-four engaged in a high-intensity game. The playing surface is roughly the size of a regulation basketball court, with four trampolines built into the court around each basket. The remainder of the court is spring-loaded and shock-absorbent and surrounded by 12-foot-high Plexiglas walls, keeping the ball in play at all times. The arena is designed to accommodate full-contact competition.
Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Mason Gordon and Joe Davola are the executive producers of SLAMBALL. SLAMBALL is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions (TRP) in association with Telepictures Productions.
The New TNN, TV's first entertainment network for men, is available in 86 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, and The New TNN, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.
I don't get it. It's taped sports. When has this ever worked outside of Wimbeldon, or am I missing the part where they say that the games are live this year?
If they keep it taped, it will ALWAYS be sanitized to remove injuries. It's not like this is covered in the sports page, so if they just simply don't mention where a guy went and don't show the games, you don't know it happened.
Your analogy is similar to:
"They already have cars that you can drive, why not blenders?" "I can already write with my hands, why not my pancreas?" "They already have beef that I can eat, why not granite?"
Umm, I didn't know the reason to watch sports was to see injuries (even silly semi-sports like this).
I don't think the fact that it is taped matters that much. Isn't this more TV show than sport, more in line with the old American Gladiators tv series? I mean, don't they play all the games at the same place? Wouldn't the live audience be best classified as a studio audience? I've never seen more than a minute or two, but that's what it seemed like to me.
ESPN's Peter May sez: Two years ago, the New Jersey Nets thoroughly stunned the basketball world. Last year, they simply did what everyone expected them to do. Kenyon Martin should finally make the East's All-Star team at power forward. This year?