FS1 Sets TMZ Sports Series

Fox Sports 1 will team with TMZ on a new series that will look at the celebrity and lifestyles of today’s athletes.

The daily series, TMZ Sports, debuts Nov. 9 at midnight and will feature exclusive, up to the minute, off the field stories and breaking news specifically focused on sports personalities, according to network officials.

“TMZ Sports offers a window into the world where sport and celebrity cultures intersect -- whether at a party, movie premiere or an ordinary day,” said Jamie Horowitz, President of FOX Sports National Networks in a statement.  “To both avid and casual sports fans, these stories are captivating.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.