America’s Top Baller

Basketball OpportunityOn January 28th, I let you in on a casting call for a new show coming soon that will be hosted by Michael Irvin on SpikeTV.  It will be a reality show with six wide-receivers and six defensivebacks battling out for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Roster.  Casting has wrapped up, and a combine will begin shortly to select the twelve who will be on the show.  A lot of buzz has picked up surrounding this future show and it seems like a former NBA player wants to copy the idea in a basketball setting.

Duane Causwell, former player with the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings, is working on a basketball reality show titled, “America’s Top Baller.”  Thirty amateur basketball players will be selected to compete for a prize that includes: $50k, a sneaker line (with what company?), and a contract with a sports agent.  Hmmm.  I’d rather win a spot on a roster, but I guess the $50k is nice compensation.  Unlike Irvin’s show, “America’s Top Baller” has not yet been picked up by a network and there is no information available concerning casting that I was able to find.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

2 replies on “America’s Top Baller”

A contract with a sports agent? Sounds a little bit self serving. Kinda like a car dealership holding a raffle where the grand prize is an opportunity to buy a car from them…

Americas Top Baller looks alot like a basketball reality show called Diamond in the Ruff, created by a writer in Portland, Oregon at the end of 2007, which was in development at the begin of 2008. Athough there are lots of ideas similar to this and several shows have been produced in the past, Americas Top Baller looks and sounds like it has been taken right out of Diamond in the Ruff’s treatment….

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