The Dallas Morning News is reporting that three men are claiming interference against Michael Irvin in a lawsuit, saying the former Cowboys star stole their football reality show concept and turned it into a cable TV program.
The men say they approached Irvin in 2007 to pitch their show titled “Guts to Glory,” featuring contestants competing for a spot on a professional football team, according to a lawsuit filed in Dallas County District Court last week.
In May, Irvin’s program, “4th and Long,” debuted on Spike TV. Irvin oversees 12 football amateurs who hope to make a spot on the Cowboys roster.
Irvin’s Dallas-based attorney, Larry Friedman, said his client had thought of the concept several years earlier after he watched the first episode of the reality TV series “American Idol.” Irvin met with dozens of people regarding a reality football program, Friedman said.
Irvin’s attorney went into full damage control mode and have said that Irvin thought of the concept many years before he met with the three men who have filed the suit.
Irvin’s lawyers have said the three men are too young and have very little producing experience. They also said they liken the suit to somebody suing because they invented tic-tac-toe.
The men presented their concept to Irvin and his agent and representative in August 2007, according to the lawsuit, obtained by Courthouse News Service. In the following months, they negotiated an agreement regarding how much money each side would receive.
The agreement first proposed that Irvin and his agent receive 25 percent of a producing fee in connection with the show. In March 2008, Irvin’s representatives told the plaintiffs he wanted 95 percent of the fee, the lawsuit states.
Fourteen months later, “4th and Long” appeared on TV.
There’s always something going on in Cowboys Nation.
I am curious though… How many of you tune in and watch “4th and Long” on a regular basis?