Dick’s Sporting Goods “impressed by the baseball event” that resulted in mass firing

Executives at Dick’s Sporting Good’s were thrilled with last week’s Apprentice 4, even if team Excel did cause sales to drop in one of their stores. That’s because Trump’s subsequent mass firing led to a lot of buzz.

Most of that buzz had to do with the boardroom, but bloggers and others mentioned the store’s name. “Most of the company’s blogosphere mentions were just that, a quick mention in the midst of a rant or rave about the firings,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The company “[took] advantage of the national TV exposure, [as] more than 100 of the Findlay retailer’s stores held an interactive basketball competition — inspired by the “Apprentice” challenge seeking in-store events to lure shoppers — that attracted more than 50,000 people.”

Perhaps most surprisingly, the store’s executives, who were filmed but didn’t get included in the show, “were impressed by the baseball event, even if the team behind it lost big,” the paper reports. VP Jeff Hennion said, “That kind of event can work. You just need to make sure it doesn’t consume the store. And it doesn’t hurt sales.”

Dick’s Sporting Goods happy with four firings on ‘The Apprentice’ [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via TVtattle]

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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