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CBS and Showtime team up on '60 Minutes' sports magazine

September 13, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • Showtime has been beefing up its sports programming in part so it can serve as a promotional platform for CBS' own sports content, including the National Football League.
Showtime has been beefing up its sports programming in part so it can serve… (Los Angeles Times )

"60 Minutes" is headed to Showtime.

CBS News said the team behind the venerable newsmagazine is teaming up with Showtime to produce a monthly program that will go behind the headlines to probe the big stories of the sports world. Called "60 Minutes of Sports," it will premiere in November.

“Our Showtime edition will offer the same high-quality, original reporting and great storytelling our viewers have come to expect every Sunday night on CBS,” promised "60 Minutes" executive producer and CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager. Showtime is a unit of CBS Corp.

Showtime has been beefing up its sports programming in part so it can serve as a promotional platform for CBS' own sports content, including the National Football League.

The move is also a shot at HBO, which has something of a monopoly on serious sports programming with its documentaries and the newsmagazine "Real Sports," hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

CBS said each episode will have two original pieces and one updated "60 Minutes" story that is sports-related. The show will also feature an interview with a sports news maker, either from the field or the executive suite.

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