Champ, Contender both had tax breaks, permission to ignore disclosure rules.

Champ, Contender both had tax breaks, permission to ignore disclosure rules.
As the legal battle between The Next Great Champ and The Contender gets ready to heat up on Friday, The LA Times reveals that the shows have something in common. Specifically, both had permission from officials to bypass rules and regulations in California. For one, they “were so eager to keep their shows’ outcomes under wraps prior to broadcast that they sought and received approval from boxing commissioners and the California attorney general’s office to circumvent a state law requiring immediate public disclosure of bout results.” Additionally, both shows “negotiated lower-than-normal state taxes on the license-fee payments mandated for boxing broadcasts. Representatives of both shows successfully argued that they should pay tax only on the portion of their shows actually devoted to boxing matches–typically just a few minutes in each episode.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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