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HBO to run story on MLB and chewing tobacco tomorrow night

Monday, May 16, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is going to do a piece on MLB and chewing tobacco as part of their May episode, which will air this Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

In addition to the HBO release below, the producer told me the segment will feature interviews with Dr. Greg Connolly, Gruen Von Behrens, Bobby Valentine and Brett Butler. The attached link is a preview of the segment:

If you have any questions let me know or check out for more information.




REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 170th edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, MAY 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: May 17 (2:40 a.m.), 19 (10:00 a.m., midnight), 21 (9:30 a.m.), 24 (1:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), 27 (7:00 p.m.) and 29 (10:00 a.m.), and June 1 (5:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: May 22 (2:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.), 25 (9:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m.) and 30 (11:00 a.m., 11:00 p.m.), and June 3 (noon), 7 (1:00 a.m.) and 9 (7:00 p.m.)

HBO On Demand availability: May 23-June 13

Segments include:

*Smokeless Tobacco. Commonly referred to as "chaw,” chewing tobacco is one of the oldest ways to consume tobacco, which may be why it is grandfathered into the game of baseball. While Major League Baseball prohibits players from smoking or drinking alcohol on the field, they can use smokeless tobacco, and the habit is far from uncommon. But chewing tobacco is a known carcinogen that has been proven to cause different forms of oral cancer. REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel sets out to learn why this controversial custom is permitted, why so many players use when the risks are well documented, and how its popularity among the game's elite affects the players of tomorrow.

Producer: Tim Walker.

REAL SPORTS has won the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 14 times, in addition to being the first sports program honored with the duPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. On May 2, the program received the 2010 Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism for last August's revealing report demonstrating the scientific link between sports concussions and the onset of ALS. Overall, REAL SPORTS has collected 22 Sports Emmys® in 16 years.

The executive producers of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; Kirby Bradley is senior producer.


Source: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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