My thoughts on the Superstars
ABC has ordered a new series of Superstars as a six-week summer primetime series for 2009. Together with Juma TV and Blue Entertainment Sports Television, the series will feature eight celebrities teamed with a professional athlete. One team will be eliminated each week. Unfortunately, this format is not truly a Superstars competition. The competition returned from 1998 to 2003, but remains a far cry from the heights it reached during the 1970's, or even the superb competition during the late 1980's. The Superstars has some major hurdles to overcome. Prize money is paltry and the amount that can be won is only a small fraction of a major sports star's income. In 1973, a player could earn enough extra money to make a difference in their way of life. Now they can't even buy a suit. Clubs are also reluctant to allow their franchise players to compete and risk injury, even though there have never been as serious injuries in The Superstars.
Jason Sehorn won three championships from 1998-200, but he has come under fire for competing in the Superstars again before he played a football game for the Giants. Additionally, the extended seasons have made for very little time for Superstars competitions to be held. The emergence of college basketball has tied up the airways for much of the late winter and early spring, the time of year in which the Superstars used to comfortably fit.
There are some ideas I can that I believe would help the Superstars fit a niche in the sports landscape as it had occupied in the 1970's.