Contender sues Next Great Champ; judge ruling today on motion to stop FOX’s show.

Contender sues Next Great Champ; judge ruling today on motion to stop FOX’s show.
Contender producers DreamWorks TV and Mark Burnett—but not network NBC—filed suit yesterday to stop FOX from airing its competing, copycat boxing series The Next Great Champ. The suit doesn’t “accuse Fox of ripping off their pugilistic project,” but rather, “the plaintiffs are requesting a temporary restraining order based on criticism of Fox’s show by the former chairman of California’s State Athletic Commission, which regulates the state’s matches,” E! Online reports. E! notes that “the judge said she would rule on the motion for a restraining order” today. Reuters quotes the suit, which says, “By ignoring and violating California’s boxing regulations, defendants have sought to gain a competitive advantage in the market.”
The show is in trouble over boxing rule violations; the California State Athletic Commission will review the case Sept. 3. Meanwhile, Mark Burnett told The New York Times, “They left us no choice but to file legal action.”

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