"This new series is one I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember," said David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks. "Having produced Friday Night Lights, I've received numerous pitches over the years for scripted shows about the world of professional sports, but nothing can capture the drama and intensity of the real thing. We are both honored and excited to have the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants grant this extraordinary access. The diversity, passion, and larger-than-life personalities of the players, their manager Bruce Bochy, and front office, led by Managing General Partner and CEO Bill Neukom, General Manager Brian Sabean and President Larry Baer, came together to achieve the club's historic World Series win. I'm confident that this group of personalities will make for a provocative and groundbreaking television series that will appeal beyond the hardcore baseball fan to all viewers who appreciate great drama."Thanks, David. That's quite a mouthful. Rock on.
"We're constantly seeking new programming platforms to bring our fans closer to the game, and this new series will do exactly that in a very exciting fashion, thanks in large part to the tremendous group of personalities that make up the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants" said Chris Tully, Major League Baseball Senior Vice President, Broadcasting. "We're excited to work with Showtime on this project and are grateful to the Giants organization and its players for embracing the goal of giving fans a look inside their world."MLB has to chime in, of course. Cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching.
"The Giants are delighted to work with Showtime and Major League Baseball Productions on this exciting new project," said Giants President and Chief Operating Officer Larry Baer. "Showtime and MLB Productions' reputations for producing high quality, compelling content speak for themselves. I have no doubt that this series will break new ground and will enable our team to forge an even closer connection with our fans and the public at large."The Giants Front Office is the most progressive, forward-looking, and accomplished of all sports franchises anywhere. Duh.
So, I leave it to you my loyal and faithful fans, friends, followers, readers, hecklers, critics, and lurkers: is this a good thing? Are the 2011 Giants--the defending champs--closer to defending their 2010 World Series Championship by being on Showtime? Or would they be better off without it? Or am I worrying too much? It's a brave new world this here 21st century! What's a few more megabits added to the massive media stream we all swim in? Tweet, twerp, twat, who cares? It's all on-line all the time! It's instant! It's everywhere! It makes us all better! It makes everything better! Go Giants! Win the World Series again!
p.s. all quotes from here http://sports.sho.com/mlb.html