Tuesday, September 15, 2015

American Ninja Warrior has a winner

After seven seasons and thousands of competitors, NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” finally crowned a winner, after not one, but two competitors completed the fourth and final stage of the challenge for the first time in the show’s history.

Since the series began in 2009, no athlete had ever progressed past the third stage of the competition, but in the season seven finale, both Geoff Britten and Isaac Caldiero finished the seemingly impossible course. Britten completed Stage 4 first, but Caldiero subsequently beat his time by 3.6 seconds, enabling him to win the challenge and the $1 million grand prize — meaning that Britten went home empty-handed.

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You mean none of the contestants get paid?  Hmm.  They get travel expenses and a per diem and "a few cash prizes" for winning a regional round.  In other words, "basically nothing."  NBC is getting away with murder.  But hey, the contestants keep coming.  This is true amateur athletics.

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