NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 19, 2012) - In its 35th year as the premier televised event in strength athletics, "The MET-Rx World's Strongest Man" 2012 competition will be based at first-time host Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA.
"The MET-Rx World's Strongest Man" will be televised domestically on ESPN networks and internationally on five continents in more than 100 countries and territories. The series is owned and produced by IMG Media, the production and distribution arm of IMG -- the global sports, fashion and media company.
"Commerce Casino is an ideal site to host the MET-Rx World's Strongest Man this year," said Barry Frank, Executive Vice President of IMG Media. "Close to many excellent locations for the competition, the casino will bring a sense of hospitality unique to this event. We look forward to staying there during the extended production period and to having Commerce Casino as our partner this year."
"We entertain tens of thousands of international visitors every year," said Commerce Casino General Manager Jeff Harris. "Reaching hundreds of millions of international television households through 'The MET-Rx World's Strongest Man' works perfectly with our marketing initiatives."
For the second consecutive year, PSE-3 of Raleigh, NC secured the site location on behalf of IMG. Previous host sites for "The MET-Rx World's Strongest Man" include Zambia, Iceland, Morocco, China, South Africa and various locations in the United States.
A total of six hours of programming will be produced from competition September 24 - October 1, 2012, on the Commerce Casino property and at famous and iconic locations in Los Angeles. The winner of "The MET-Rx World's Strongest Man" competition will be one of 30 competitors of international renown. Initial airings on ESPN and foreign television are projected for late 2012 and 2013.
ABOUT COMMERCE CASINO
Commerce Casino -- the largest poker casino in the world -- has nearly every form of poker: Texas Hold 'em, 7-Card Stud, Omaha, Pot Limit, Mexican Poker, Pineapple, Draw, Low-Ball and many others. Other table games offered include Baccarat and EZ Baccarat -- with the most tables in the West -- Pai Gow, Pai Gow Tiles, Blackjack and more. Amenities include a Crowne Plaza Hotel, full-service spa, choice restaurants and a convenient location near Rodeo Drive, Disneyland and the great Los Angeles nightlife. Commerce Casino is home to the $20 million Los Angeles Poker Classic, and horseracing fans can enjoy off-track betting action at the Commerce Casino Racebook. Commerce Casino is located at 6131 East Telegraph Rd., Commerce, CA 90040, just off the Santa Ana (5) Freeway at the Washington Boulevard Exit. For more information, visit www.commercecasino.com or call 323.721.2100.
ABOUT IMG MEDIA
IMG Media is the world's largest independent distributor of sports programming, distributing over 20,000 hours of content to major global broadcasters annually. This content originates from more than 200 clients and events including AELTC (Wimbledon), Tennis Australia (The Australian Open), Indy Car Racing (Indy 500), The R&A (The Open Championship), ING New York City Marathon, National Football League (NFL) and Professional Bull Riding (PBR). IMG Media operates from more than 30 offices worldwide and distributes across all forms of media including TV, Audio, Fixed Media, In-flight and Closed Circuit, Broadband and Mobile. IMG Media also maintains the world's largest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.
PSE-3 is in its 14th year as a communications, marketing and sales firm serving the entertainment and sports industries. Company information is available at www.pse-3.com.