From Cotton Bowl to Courthouse, Michael Irvin is Sued Over 4th and Long Tryout Show
Courthouse News Service has the 10-page complaint, in which the threesome -- who hail from California and Kentucky -- claim that in August 2007, they were able to set up a meeting with Irvin and his agent to discuss their concept, then titled Guts to Glory. They describe the show as "an open tryout by reality contestants for a position on a professional football team" for which they needed a "well-known, former NFL player" as host. They allege that Irvin had agreed to be that host in exchange for, among other things, 25 percent of the payday.
Which, the three men allege, is when everything started to go right -- Irvin pitched the show to Jerry Jones, who said, sure, love to be involved -- and when it all went wrong. They allege that Irvin's 25 percent mushroomed to 95 percent or nothing, while paper agreements turned into verbal disagreements that led to all parties going their separate ways: Irvin to SpikeTV and the Cotton Bowl, where the show was shot; the plaintiffs, to court. Will update accordingly with comments from SpikeTV and Irvin's reps, none of whom were available early this morning.