RGTV Honored to Work with the New York Rangers to Remember Steven McDonald

We were fortunate to be part of a very special night at Madison Square Garden this evening as the New York Rangers honored and remembered longtime friend and fan Steven McDonald, who passed away on Tuesday.   RGTV worked with the New York Rangers to produce  a video tribute that was shown in-arena on Gardenvision and on the MSG Network broadcast of the game. 


A TRUE HERO

In 1986, McDonald was just 29 years old when he was shot three times while on patrol as a New York Police Department Detective.  Despite the fact that the shooting left him paralyzed from the neck down, McDonald consciously decided to look beyond the heartbreaking turn in his life's journey: he forgave the teenager who shot him and went on to focus on using his unfortunate circumstance to do as much good as possible.  In the process, he inspired countless across the world and in New York, including many generations of the New York Rangers, a team of which he was an avid fan.

Knowing of his devotion and incredible story, McDonald's beloved Blueshirts created the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award in his honor at the end of the 1987-88 season.  Each year since, the New York Rangers have presented it to the player that "goes above and beyond the normal call of duty."

Tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was the New York Rangers' first since McDonald's passing, and the organization put together a first-class tribute for him.  

McDonald's widow Patty and his son Conor, who is now a Sargent in the NYPD, were accompanied by Rangers legends Mark Messier and Adam Graves as they dropped the ceremonial first puck. 

Then, during the first television timeout, the video tribute was shown.

At the game’s first stoppage the overhead television showed a video tribute to McDonald, with Graves and Mike Richter joining current Rangers in praising the detective. Then the camera cut to his widow and son, standing in the tunnel where McDonald had been a familiar presence. Without prompting the crowd rose to its feet and roared, uninterrupted, for two minutes, delaying the ensuing faceoff. And then they chanted his name as though he had made a stellar save. “STEVE MC-DONALD.” CLAP-CLAP-CLAP-CLAP-CLAP-CLAP. “STEVE MC-DONALD.” Ranger fans are a passionate bunch, but this was even by their standards extraordinary—above and beyond.
— Jack Dickey, SI.com

The video was also posted on the New York Rangers Twitter and Facebook feeds, where it received an overwhelmingly positive reaction. 

FOCUSED: Eddie George Premieres

RGTV's new documentary-style sports interview show, FOCUSEDmakes its series premiere today on FOX Sports across the country. The inaugural episode featured former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans legend Eddie George. Topics explored during the in-depth conversation with host Fran Healy touched on the highlight's of the running back's career, but a central theme was the adjustment to life after football.

George has been one of the more successful ex-athletes in recent memory.  He has discovered another passion beyond football, a love for the stage and screen, which he is pursuing aggressively right now.  Eddie's acting credits include major film roles as well as numerous stage productions, including the Broadway production Chicago.  That particular role is discussed extensively in FOCUSED and the episode also features an interview with his Chicago co-star Amra-Faye Wright

One in a Billion in SLAM: Interviews with RGTV's Roman Gackowski, OBB Pictures' Michael Ratner and Satnam Singh

One in a Billion, which chronicles the journey of Satnam Singh from an small Indian village to the precipice of the NBA, was recently featured in world renowned basketball publication SLAM


EXCERPTS

Here are two worlds.

World No. 1 is the Ballo Ke village, district Barnala, in the heartland of the India’s north-western state of Punjab...Electricity came here late, and mobile phones rarely connect. Ask for a cup of chai and someone will milk a buffalo in front of you. It’s dusty all the time.

World No. 2 is the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, opened in 2012 as one of the swankiest multi-event facilities on the planet. It cost over a billion US dollars to construct...Since 2013, it has hosted the NBA Draft in a room full of some of world’s richest CEOs, VPs, agents, and future basketball superstars.

These worlds are polar opposites of culture, economy, and lifestyle. And yet, through the course of one of the most inspiring stories in all of sports, one young man—Satnam Singh—lived through it all, marrying the dichotomy of the marginalized third-world with the highest stakes of the world’s richest basketball league, and journeying through it all while carrying the improbable hopes of a billion-strong country on his wide shoulders.
— Karan Madhok, SLAM
Satnam was 14 when he left his home, his family, and went literally halfway around the world. When you see the world he grew up in, to see where he was then, and then to IMG Academy in Florida, it’s another world. That was a story that we tried to tell. ...Satnam is a really good, true human being, who was trying to do so much for not just himself but his family and his country. You kinda get invested in a guy like that.
— Roman Gackowski, Producer/Director
We knew the stakes were high, and we couldn’t predict the ending—if he would actually get drafted. There are 1.3 billion people in his country and nobody had made it before. ...There is a scene in the movie, before the draft, when Satnam says that he has only opened the lock to basketball in India, but the door is still closed. This story is still going on, the end of the story is not written yet.
— Michael Ratner, Producer
I learned a new language, changed the way I talked to people. But I don’t like to change my attitude of where I’m from. My background is important to me. You should never forget where you come from...The most important thing in my life is to understand where my family is, to understand how much I had when I first came here, and why I came here. I came here to play ball, make a name for myself, make history for India. That’s why I have only one focus.
— Satnam Singh

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In the Spotlight to premiere nationally on Fox Sports Net with Barry Switzer interview

We are proud to announce the start of a new series, In the Spotlight, which will premiere on Fox Sport Net across the country in January.  

In the Spotlight will feature many marquee names in the world of sports .  Host Fran Healy interviews guests in his trademark conversational style, with entertaining anecdotes given their full due.  

In celebration of the College Football Playoff, the first guest of In the Spotlight is Barry Switzer, who won three national championships at the University of Oklahoma.   Switzer is one of only three men to win both a college national championship and a Super Bowl (Jimmy Johnson and Pete Carroll are the others.)

LaDainian Tomlinson's LT Academy Profiled on The Game 365

NFL MVP and Walter Payton Man of the Year LaDainian Tomlinson was featured on the latest episode of The Game 365.  After retiring, LT has focused on many charitable causes and methods of giving back, including his LT Academy.  

The Game 365 traveled down to Texas to see the impact LaDainian is making with his academy. 

The Game 365: LaDainian Tomlinson is airing across the country on Fox Sports Net in November.