Producers of the Emmy Award-winning reality series A Piece of the Game will be taping two new episodes this month and are looking for collectors with sports memorabilia that has a story to tell. The show, which was recently picked up for national syndication on Fox Sports and Comcast Sportsnet, will tape at Chisox Bar & Grill in Chicago on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Although every item will not make the final cut of the show, many items will be selected to be featured in upcoming episodes. Other shooting will be done in Green Bay, St. Louis and other cities as the show progresses.
A Piece of the Game began airing in the Chicago market last year with three episodes. The pilot episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Program – Series at the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards in 2013. Both Fox and Comcast will also begin carrying the show nationally beginning this summer in more than 60 million homes.
A Piece of the Game tells stories about sports and sports memorabilia through the eyes of collectors, fans, and memorabilia industry experts. The show includes brief “Whaddyagot” segments where fans have the opportunity to share their sports treasures, “Where is it Now?” segments that highlight historically significant items that may be lost to history, and longer feature segments for items and stories that the producers select as the most interesting. To date, Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Dan Hampton have made guest appearances on the show.
A Piece of the Game was created by multiple Emmy Award-winning television veteran Don Dupree, who has worked with Oprah Winfrey and Roger Ebert among others. Dupree produced At the Movies with Siskel & Ebert for many years, and is a lifelong sports fan.
Also involved in the show is famed newsman Bill Kurtis, who voices historical segments—he is not identified, but Dupree notes Kurtis’ voice needs no introduction. Kurtis has departed from his first reaction to the show’s concept—that it was too derivative of the other relic-evaluation programs. “There are so many clones to Antiques Roadshow, and I thought, this is another one,” he said. “My God, it’s not. I like it.”
Those interested in having their memorabilia featured on A Piece of the Game should contact the show’s Lead Evaluator and Producer, Rob Steinmetz, at [email protected] Those who live in the Chicago area and are interested in attending the next taping can simply stop by the ChiSox Bar & Grill on Saturday, June 21 between 10:00am and 4:00pm. ChiSox Bar & Grill is located across from US Cellular Field at 320 W. 35th Street in Chicago.
Later this month, collectors will also be able to submit photos and videos of their items on the show’s soon-to-be-renovated website: http://www.apieceofthegame.tv.