Contenders “had to waive their rights to appeal” as part of restrictive contract.

Contenders “had to waive their rights to appeal” as part of restrictive contract.
The contracts signed by the boxers participating in Mark Burnett’s NBC series The Contender might seem restrictive or surprising to those in the sports world, but they’re nothing new for reality TV. The New York Times runs down some of the clauses that it says “add up to a voluntary surrender of some of their civil rights, a characterization that Burnett did not dispute.” Those include “a $5 million breach-of-contract penalty if they disclose anything about the series.” But as Burnett points out, “You can’t value the boxers’ rights over Richard’s or Omarosa’s,” talking about two of his other series’ stars. “Based on the state of boxing, and the value of these men, all of whom came in disenfranchised, pushed aside and lied to, we’ve kept our word and gave them a fair chance.” Some of the rules, though, are boxing-specific: “the boxers signed contracts that required them to suspend themselves until the final episode is shown” and “also had to waive their rights to appeal the results of any prechampionship bout to the California commission.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.