The Tennis Channel has filed a lawsuit against Comcast, saying that the cable giant discriminates against its programming. Comcast has channels like The Golf Channel and VERSUS on various tiers of their cable system but no Tennis Channel.
If Versus is looking for train wreck potential, then they've certainly struck gold here. I don't even think Star Trek and Star Wars fans are as fanatical as a hardcore sports fan. That said, it might be a nice change of pace to hear regular people talking about their take on the sports world as opposed to the rich suits that make up SportsCenter and its ilk. We could hear a lot more "what the hell is he bitching about? He makes 24 million a year while I'm working at Wendy's for eight bucks an hour and I had to go in with a broken ring finger!"
In looking at Iseman's Wiki entry, it looks like this show was originally branded After Further Review. I guess they thought associating it with an already successful show with a similar format would improve its ratings. The network is still trying to establish itself as a viable sports brand in the ESPN world. Adding a show like this might be just the thing they need to drum up some buzz.
When Dennis Miller took over doing the color commentary on Monday Night Football several years back, fans of the show either loved him completely or hated him completely. You either really dug his arcane references and humor or you sighed a lot and wondered why he was in the booth (for the record, I don't really like football, so I didn't mind him in the booth at all). Now sports fans can relive those glory days!
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