Why TMZ Sports Is Coming to Fox Sports 1

By Chris Ariens Comment

Harvey Levin is bringing his brand of provocative sports coverage to Fox Sports 1 with the launch of a late night TV show.

TMZ Sports follows the path of TMZ.com, the celebrity gossip and entertainment news site, which, since its launch 10 years ago, has spawned two syndicated TV shows.

“We’re incredibly excited to be on FS1,” said Levin, who is TMZ’s president. “We’re hoping our show adds a new dimension to sports coverage, and this network feels like the perfect place to park our humor, irreverence and news gathering.”

TMZSports.com launched in 2010 and covers the controversial side of sports including the personal lives of athletes like Lamar Odom, Tiger Woods and Johnny Manziel, to the high profile cases of former Ravens running back Ray Rice and former Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

TMZ Sports will debut next Monday night at Midnight ET and joins other FS1 newcomers Colin Cowherd and journalist Jason Whitlock who is launching opinion-oriented programming at Fox Sports.

“TMZ Sports offers a window into the world where sport and celebrity cultures intersect — whether at a party, movie premiere or an ordinary day,” said Fox Sports networks president Jamie Horowitz. “To both avid and casual sports fans, these stories are captivating.”

Despite its association with CNN sister companies Warner Brothers and Telepictures, which produce and distribute the TMZ TV shows, Levin’s production company also keeps a close relationship with Fox properties. TMZ on TV as well as TMZ Live air on all Fox-owned stations and Fox 411, the Fox News entertainment page, is a TMZ.com partner.

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