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.”

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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