Will the ratings success of Playmakers—the show the NFL doesn't want you to see—lead to a second life on another network? "The minute ESPN announced they weren't going to do it anymore, the first thought that crossed our minds was, 'Is it something we can bring over here?' " says Kevin Kay, Spike TV's executive vice president of programming and production. Kay ultimately decided Playmakers was too expensive for Spike to produce, but he needn't have bothered to crunch the numbers. ESPN owns Playmakers and has no intention of selling it, feeling that would render the show's cancellation moot. "Playmakers has our DNA," says ESPN executive vice president Mark Shapiro. "The primary reason we stopped airing the show was our relationship with the NFL." Playmakers, which drew nearly two million viewers per episode in its 11-week run, isn't entirely dead: A three-disc DVD on the fictional Cougars' first and only season hits stores on April 20.
Max Kellerman who presided over the screaming voices on ESPN's Around the Horn before his contract ran out last month, has gone to Fox Sports Net. Kellerman, 30, will host a daily half-hour talk and interview show that FSN calls "a cross between The O'Reilly Factor and The Daily Show." It's set to debut in April. Horn will continue with host Tony Reali, Kellerman's interim replacement....
George Foreman will call his last fight card for HBO this Saturday, but he could be back on the network soon. The 55-year-old plans to return for one last bout and doesn't want to fight on pay-per-view. "He's on a mission to change people's perception of growing old, and he wants [to reach] as many eyeballs as possible," says HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg. "I'd like to convince him to appear on his home for the last 12 years."