The best part of the sports media world is the press releases. You can get some pretty weird ones because sports media really can involve anything as long as someone participating in it is sports-related. I've gotten offers to bet on a horse with Eddie Olczyk, see any number of movies, and see any number of huge boxing matches featuring fighters I've never heard of. This is not one of those days, however.
Coming up next week are what TV people know as "the Upfronts." They're probably a lot more well known in the age of the internet and the expansion of news about the television business. All the networks present all of their new and returning fall programs for the advertisers. This is usually the time when you find out if Community or Parks and Recreation have been renewed.
Not just the big broadcast networks have them. Cable, too. I'll be attending ESPN's on Tuesday. Adult Swim even has one, and one of their new series stars one of the legendary... we'll call them characters of sports. The late night programming block has ordered a show called Mike Tyson Mysteries, and yeah, it's pretty much what the title spells out.
In the new animated comedy series Mike Tyson Mysteries, Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets... by solving mysteries! Armed with a magical tattoo on his face and a trusty associate by his side - a talking pigeon - if you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner. The series incorporates live-action appearances featuring Mighty Mike himself, and the gloves come off as the former heavyweight champ and his fowl-mouthed partner gear up for weekly adventures as they put unsolved mysteries - like how to defeat a super computer at chess or why a famous author/werewolf can't finish his novel - down for the count. Animated quarter-hour from Warner Bros Animation.
So, if you've ever wanted to watch Mike Tyson solve mysteries for about 15 minutes a week, you are in luck my friend. The show will premiere at some point during the 2013-14 season. Though it's probably already premiered long ago, in some cough syrup-induced dream you had.