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.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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