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'60 Minutes' of sports on Showtime


The "60 Minutes" cast in 1978: Morley Safer, Dan Rather, Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace. Credit: AP / CBS

"60 Minutes" has greatly increased its sports-related subjects in recent years - often conveniently scheduling them on weekends when CBS has a late afternoon NFL doubleheader game.

Now this: CBS-owned Showtime announced Thursday it will offer entire sports-themed editions of the program monthly beginning in November on the premium cable outlet.

To say Showtime was excited would be an understatement. Stephen Espinoza, executive VP for sports, called it "a seminal moment in the 25-year history of Showtime Sports."

The plan is to have two original segments and one updated one from the "60 Minutes" archives per episode.

Far be it from me to complain about another TV sports magazine, presuming the quality control lives up to the "60 Minutes" brand. Not when the dial is full of numbing hours of empty, repetitive sports debate.

Still, it's fair to note the field is getting a tad crowded. HBO started "Real Sports" in 1995, ESPN added "E:60" in 2007 and "Sports Illustrated" premiered on NBC Sports Network in July.

Really, TV World, we appreciate it. But remember: There are only so many hours in the day. As "60 Minutes" has reminded us for years: tick, tick, tick.


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