Rumors Are Swirling That A-Rod Is Shopping A New Show To Compete With ‘Shark Tank’
Alex Rodriguez is known for a wide range of accomplishments and criticisms. Sports Illustrated just featured the sports icon’s incredible trajectory from being banned from the 2014 MLB season to the second row of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s performance at the Oscars and engaged to Jennifer Lopez.
Now, the league is inviting his consultation on how to reach younger fans, and to promote the Yankees-Red Sox series in London. Rodriguez has also been a recurring guest on ABC’s Shark Tank, offering his business insights to entrepreneurs. Now, he’s secured a deal with NBC to host a “very similar” show.
ABC Shark Tank producers are pissed about it.
According to a report by Page Six, A-Rod has secured a deal for a “business reality show.” So far, we don’t know what will set it apart from “Shark Tank,” which places it in line as a direct competitor.
Sony Pictures Television has reportedly said they won’t be inviting him back as a guest Shark.
Page Six reported that a source from ABC said, “Alex last appeared on ‘Shark Tank’ last fall and before then, he’d been on a bunch. Everyone really liked him. But he won’t be on the show anymore as he’s been shopping around a show that is very, very, very similar to ‘Shark Tank’ and Sony TV, which makes the show, got wind of this — because Alex’s people had been speaking to everyone in Hollywood.”
Another source has said that A-Rod’s show isn’t going to be a carbon copy of “Shark Tank.”
A-Rod already has a deal with CNBC as the star of his own show, “Back in the Game.” Page Six’s source said that “This show was being shopped around — it’s not like ABC was giving Alex his own prime-time spot. Alex loved ‘Shark Tank,’ and the feeling was mutual. But he already has his show ‘Back in the Game’ on CNBC . . . this is basically extending his deal with NBC.”
Some folks think A-Rod is being shady.
They argue that, because he’s been a guest on the show, it’s a betrayal of sorts of the show that gave him the business insights he’ll take into a competing show. Also, folks are carrying his previous scandals into the present day.
While others are coming to his defense.
Legally, A-Rod has done nothing wrong. Still, Sony producers seem to be taking it personally. Don’t expect to see A-Rod and Mark Cuban in the same screen for awhile.
Just last week, A-Rod shared some life lessons he’s gained from billionaire Warren Buffet.
A-Rod is taking a big swing by going out on his own. Maybe he looks at his guest appearances on “Shark Tank” as a series of singles?
NBC has hyped the show as “a high-concept business show.”
“We are thrilled to be developing a show with Alex,” the source told Page Six. That doesn’t sound much like just an extension of an existing show. It’s a whole new development.
Most fans just don’t even know how he’s able to do it all.
It’s all pretty impressive, and we’re rooting for the Dominican King of Baseball, and business. We’ll admit, the number of Latino guests on “Shark Tank” have been meager. We’re curious to see how Rodriguez’ own show will look.
Rodriguez has declined to comment.
But we know this story will continue to develop, and look forward to watching his show!