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TMZ launches dedicated sports show through Fox partnership

Entertainment news channel TMZ is set to branch out into the sports world through the launch of a new programming franchise in partnership with the Fox Sports division of US network Fox.

TMZ Sports will debut on November 9 at midnight ET via pay-television channel Fox Sports 1. TMZ said the nightly half-hour programme will run from Monday to Friday featuring exclusive up-to-the-minute, off-field stories and breaking news specifically focused on sports personalities “making headlines around town”.

TMZ executive president Harvey Levin said: “We're hoping our show adds a new dimension to sports coverage, and this network feels like the perfect place to park our humour, irreverence and news gathering.”

Jamie Horowitz, president of Fox Sports National Networks, added: “TMZ Sports offers a window into the world where sport and celebrity cultures intersect – whether at a party, movie premiere or an ordinary day.  To both avid and casual sports fans, these stories are captivating.”

TMZ is no stranger to the sports world, recently breaking stories on controversial topics featuring names like former Baltimore Ravens NFL American football player Ray Rice (pictured) and Donald Sterling, former owner of NBA basketball franchise the Los Angeles Clippers, and breaking news involving sports celebrities such as Lamar Odom, Tiger Woods and Jameis Winston.

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