judge denies Contender a temporary restraining order against Next Great Champ.

judge denies Contender a temporary restraining order against Next Great Champ.
A judge refused Contender producers’ request to stop FOX’s The Next Great Champ, but will hear arguments from both sides on Sept. 8. According to the AP, a superior court “judge ruled that preventing Endemol from delivering filmed material to Fox would be ‘tantamount to a direct prior restraint.’ She agreed, however, to set a Sept. 8 hearing on a preliminary injunction.” FOX was thrilled, saying in a statement, “As the producers of `The Contender’ well know, the California Athletic Commission has not made any findings or rulings. This is yet another in a series of never-ending attempts by ‘The Contender’s’ producers to stifle competition.” DreamWorks put on a brave face and said that the ruling is “a strong statement by the court that they understand the gravity and legitimacy of the concerns raised by the state Athletic Commission, and both parties now will have the opportunity” in court to prove their cases.

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