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Miami sports behind new sitcom
OXFORD, Ohio -- Keen eyes will recognize Miami University teams in the
background of some scenes in the new ABC situation comedy "Sports Night," which
premieres at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22.
The show is set in a cable sports production office and video of Miami
intercollegiate athletic games (football, hockey, men's and women's basketball,
women's track and volleyball) will run on some of the television monitors.
Miami's opportunity comes from a behind-the-scenes connection: Miami mass
communication alumna, Toni Ellis `85, is manager of post-production at
Dreamworks SKG, which used the tapes for the short-lived "Arsenio" show. Ellis
passed the idea to a colleague at Imagine Productions, which is producing
Since NCAA rules prohibit current student-athletes from appearing in
commercial programs, the university sent tape at least five years old.
Producers paid a small fee to the mass communication area for use of the