Archive for April, 2011

American Ninja Warrior Goes Network

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

In a very interesting piece of news today NBC announced its plan to air the “two-part season finale” of American Ninja Warrior 3 sometime this fall. Presumably the opening round, the semi-finals and the boot camp will still be shown on G4, and then a big season finale will show the top ten Americans competing in Ninja Warrior Japan (Sasuke 27). Maybe “two-part season finale” means two hours of show, maybe more…who knows? Comcast owns G4, and recently purchased NBC, so this is a piece of synergy under the Comcast media umbrella.

For competitors this means, if the show is successful on NBC, an increased probability American Ninja Warrior will even be around to compete in. Prior to this announcement there was a fear that this American Ninja Warrior might be the last one given the Ninja Warrior in Japan is rumored to be on the brink of cancellation. If ANW is popular on NBC, then it could mean either one of two positive things: (1) NBC pays a big enough fee to Ninja Warrior that they continue to run the event even though it might not be popular in its domestic market anymore, or (2) that NBC really likes ANW and makes it its own standalone competition with an increased obstacle set should Ninja Warrior Japan get cancelled. Either way, it means that this silly little obstacle course that so many of us are fond of might stay around a while longer than we had been expecting.

Another piece of news is that K-Swiss is now the big sponsor for American Ninja Warrior, which makes a lot of sense as K-Swiss has a very prominent line of free-running shoes.  The “prize” for being the first American to complete all four stages at Ninja Warrior has been increased to a $500k endorsement contract with K-Swiss and getting featured in a national ad campaign.

You can read the G4 press release about all this information here.

My Submission Video

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

With the video submission deadline around the corner, I was finally able to complete and edit my submission video. The opening introductory sequence where I talk about myself for like 30 seconds is kind of dark, just had to hastily shoot it this morning, but I think the rest of it is pretty good video quality. My goal was to demonstrate that I had the overall skills and ability on specific obstacles to be a serious competitor. Please let me know what you think!

My Friend Ron’s Submission Video

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Those of you who have ever read some of my earliest blog posts will be familiar with my friend Ron. Ron and I first started watching Ninja Warrior together about 4 years ago, and since then he and I have been training to compete mostly through rock-climbing (and more recently parkour). He’s a good buddy and a comrade-in-arms in my Ninja Warrior quest. He got accepted to compete in American Ninja Warrior 2 last summer, but a new job situation prevented him from attending. Anyway, he’s back again this year and really hoping to get invited. Here’s his submission video.

Those Seem to Be the Dates

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The video submission date is April 22nd, that is 100% confirmed by G4.

Still not confirmed by G4 but confirmed by multiple other sources is the competition weekend of May 14-16.

Less certain is the location, although I heard from a reasonable source that it will “probably” be back at Venice Beach.

Could it Be True? May Date for ANW3

Monday, April 4th, 2011

The rumor on the American Ninja Warrior grapevine, to be confirmed or refuted later this week by an actual announcement by G4 on Attack of the Show, is that the date for American Ninja Warrior 3 is MUCH MUCH MUCH sooner than anybody anticipated (and as G4 recently hinted). Apparently the dates are May 14-16 at an undetermined location, probably in the greater LA area, possibly at Venice Beach like last year. The video submission date is also reported to be by April 22nd. That leaves a very tight turnaround for the G4 folk to review submissions, decide who gets invites, contact people, and get paperwork. Not to mention competitors making travel plans. Yikes! I was going to finish up my submission video this week anyway, but it still creates a big specter of urgency.

I’m thinking that the earlier date is to ensure that the finalists from American Ninja Warrior get to go to Japan to compete in Sasuke. Sasuke ratings in Japan are plummeting, and there might not be many competitions left, so I think they want to make certain that the ANW competitors get in for the very next Sasuke instead of the one after that (which might not even happen). This is all conjecture, of course 😉