MyOutdoorTV’s Pick of the Week Features Steven Rinella’s ‘MeatEater’

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DENVER (September 28, 2018) – After announcing past seasons of MeatEater with Steven Rinella has returned to Sportsman Channel, Outdoor Sportsman Group has also added four seasons of the fan-favorite show to the online streaming platform,  MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Approximately 40 shows from across four seasons are available for immediate streaming, or to download to a favorite device.

Growing up in the Midwest’s great outdoors – hunting, fishing and trapping from a young age – Rinella has always viewed the world through the eyes of an ancestral hunter/gatherer. Inspired by early man’s skill, ingenuity and sheer determination to survive and thrive under challenging circumstances, Rinella has made his life’s work to cultivate those same qualities – and encourage others to do the same – while always being mindful of conservation principles and practices.

In MeatEater, Rinella explores various hunting techniques, tracks and pursue prey, and procures and cooks his own food. Whether tracking blacktail deer in the remote Alaskan wilderness, or rooting out javelina in Texas, Rinella leverages his back-country skills, challenging himself at every corner while providing nail-biting adventure along the way.

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About MOTV: The global, subscription-based, streaming service provides the best outdoor programming, lifestyle content and access to favorite Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network television shows and the entire Hunters Video library is the pre-eminent voice for all outdoor enthusiasts. MOTV – powered by the four networks – accomplishes this with an expansive acquired library of the best hunting, fishing and shooting programming in long and short form, recipes, tips and tricks, how-to instructional videos, as well as educational and exclusive content focusing on improving success in the field and waterways. Along with the four networks, content is available from Outdoor Sportsman Group’s established integrated media arm that includes 15 outdoor magazines, such as: Guns & Ammo, Game & Fish, In-Fisherman, Florida Sportsman and Wheels Afield and 19 top websites, including: Exclusive episodes, as well as live event coverage and behind-the-scenes footage will be added in the future.  MOTV is available on the following streaming platforms: Apple IOS (iPhone and iPad), Android (phone and tablet), Web and Roku.

About Outdoor Sportsman Group: Outdoor Sportsman Group is comprised of the world’s foremost media and entertainment brands for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. It includes three leading multichannel networks: Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network, as well as MOTV, the world’s leading subscription outdoor television content platform. The Group also consists of a number of established integrated media assets: 15 outdoor magazines including: Guns & Ammo, Petersen’s Bowhunting and Florida Sportsman, and 19 top websites, including: Additionally, Outdoor Sportsman Group includes television production operations, Winnercomm.


Tom Caraccioli | Outdoor Sportsman Group | 212.852.6646 |

Outdoor Channel Hosts of Popular Series – ‘The Best Defense’ – Make Headlines in September in International Competition and Self-Defense Training

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DENVER (September 24, 2018) —Mike Seeklander and Michael Janich, co-hosts of Outdoor Channel’s long-running, hit series The Best Defense have enjoyed the month of September with honors in international competition and self-defense training.

During the month, Seeklander won the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) National Championship, besting 355 shooters from around the world at the CMP Range in Talladega, AL. The IDPA competition stages scenarios based on real world situations and feature moving and disappearing targets, complex movement and a laser-like focus on accuracy. The match is scored by time; any penalty adds time to the score.

After 18 stages over three days, Seeklander emerged as one of only three shooters to complete the match in under 300 seconds.

“Mike Seeklander is one of the few shooters in the world with experience in military, law enforcement and competition, as well as being one of the top trainers in the world,” Executive Producer and co-host of The Best Defense, Michael Bane said. “TBD is honored to have a national champion working with us each week.”

Also, co-host Michael Janich has distinguished himself this month. Acknowledged as one of the top American Masters of the Blade, Janich hosted the 16th Annual Martial Blade Camp, with more than 100 participants. The unique event – and largest ever – brings students from all over the world to Colorado to train in knife and other self-defense concepts.

Janich’s 35-year career in self-defense and martial arts training has earned him a place in the prestigious Black Belt Hall of Fame as the 2010 Weapons Instructor of the Year. He has worked extensively in law enforcement and military training, including tours with the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

“What Michael Janich brings to TBD is an uncanny ability to boil complex concepts into teachable moments,” Bane added. “No other self-defense program can bring this level of expertise to the table.”

Each week, The Best Defense creates a crime scenario and then “deconstructs” the storyline to highlight and educate viewers about life-saving information.

Produced by award-winning producer, writer and director Jeff Murray with award-winning documentarian Brandon Green as Director of Photography, currently TBD is filming it’s 11th season. In addition to Seeklander and Janich, Andrew Branca, considered the leading legal expert on civilian use-of-force issues, consults on every episode. TBD routinely brings in additional top subject matter experts on specific self-defense issues. The show has received numerous awards for broadcast excellence.

More importantly, TBD has had viewers credit information from the show with saving their lives.

About Outdoor Channel: Outdoor Channel has been taking viewers across America and around the world on unparalleled adventures since 1993. Dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle and conservation, the independent cable network is a division of Outdoor Sportsman Group and provides a complete spectrum of riveting hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure entertainment. Outdoor Channel is the largest outdoor TV footprint in the country and is available in more than 50 countries internationally. Outdoor Channel can be viewed in HD and is accessible by broadband and mobile platforms. For program times and other information, visit Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. #WhatGetsYouOutdoors. #MyOutdoorTV


Tom Caraccioli | Outdoor Sportsman Group | 212.852.6646 |

Major League Fishing, Bass Pro Shops and Outdoor Sportsman Group Proudly Announce Exciting New Fishing Competition to Grow the Sport of Fishing

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TULSA (September 11, 2018) – Major League Fishing (MLF) officials today announced a significant expansion beginning in 2019 with the goal of dramatically growing visibility and participation for the sport of fishing. The plans will help realize the founding partners’ original vision for MLF to elevate competitive bass fishing and its top-tier pros to a national exposure level and grow a fan base on par with other top major league sports.

The expanded MLF program includes the addition of the Bass Pro Tour, a premier 80-angler, eight-event tour with a championship and heightened payouts, made possible through enthusiastic support from Bass Pro Shops and Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG). Both partners are supporting MLF as part of their commitments to the future of the sport through participation and conservation efforts.

Under the visionary leadership of noted conservationist and founder Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops has been committed to connecting new audiences to the outdoors and advocating for conservation for more than 40 years. These foundational values directly align with MLF’s innovative approach to competitive fishing.

“Bass Pro Shops has proudly supported MLF from its inception because we believed in its mission to elevate the sport of fishing. Today we’re very excited to take the next step and help showcase this great sport to every household in America,” Morris said. “We truly believe this partnership will create many positive and significant new opportunities for kids and families, professional anglers and the sport itself. Equally important to us is leveraging this popular platform to showcase the importance of conservation and promote responsible fishing practices.”

“MLF has delivered on its promised vision every step of the way since Day One,” Outdoor Sportsman Group Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Matt Hutchings said. “MLF has made fishing an even more popular spectator sport through televised events on Outdoor Channel and other networks, as well as Outdoor Sportsman Group’s diverse media platforms in publishing and online. The MLF model is a proven success and we are excited to continue the journey with all of our partners towards future prosperity.”

Today MLF tournaments reach a bigger audience than any other tournament of their kind, and television ratings and independent surveys consistently indicate the fast-paced, action-packed format resonates with anglers of all ages, and is especially effective at reaching the youth audiences essential for achieving long-term interest and growth.

MLF’s conservation-minded “catch, weigh and immediate-release” rules allow participation on waters where typical tournament formats can’t go. The model has earned respect and accolades from many state fish and game agencies.

While MLF will continue its popular Cup events and World Championship, airing on Outdoor Channel and CBS, respectively, it will now also have its own new Bass Pro Tour competitions and championship, and eventually tour qualifiers, all of which will use the same entertaining MLF format in which numbers caught can often contribute more to anglers’ scores than does big fish.

“Seven years ago, Gary Klein and I settled on a mission to expand the sport of professional bass fishing through competitive tournaments with an all new and exciting made-for-television format,” said MLF and Pro Bass Tour Anglers’ Association (PBT) co-founder Boyd Duckett. “After assembling 13 more of the sport’s top-level professionals, the PBT partnership was formed. We always believed if we elevated the visibility of our sport everyone in our industry would be a beneficiary.

“The preparation leading to this moment has been slow, methodical and well thought-out to ensure the outcome would be positive for everyone connected to the sport. As a result, we have a fully developed plan ready to go. Everyone in the fishing industry should appreciate the new path that Outdoor Sportsman Group and Mr. Morris have helped pave for the sport’s future because of their own personal beliefs toward conservation and the responsible use of our fish and water resources.”

MLF officials will announce the finalized MLF Bass Pro Tour schedule, format and anglers in the coming weeks.

MLF was formed in 2011 when Boyd Duckett and Gary Klein convinced television executives at Outdoor Channel to share their vision and invest in the concept for a live-action style broadcast during which all anglers could keep track of how other competitors were doing via on-board scoreboards.

“We’re especially proud to be supporting anglers themselves, who make up an important part of MLF’s ownership team,” added Morris. “Our support for this expansion does not diminish our enthusiasm or support for other popular tournament series including BASS, FLW and hundreds of grassroots events across the country.”

According to Nielsen ratings, MLF has been Outdoor Channel’s top-rated show in first quarters for three years in a row.

MLF also airs on World Fishing Network, CBS, CBS Sports Network and Discovery Channel.

For current MLF schedules, rules, pros and sponsors, visit

About Major League Fishing: Developed through a joint effort between Outdoor Channel and the PBT anglers in 2011, Major League Fishing brings the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing into America's living rooms in the form of riveting two-hour TV episodes. World-class anglers are filmed over the course of a six-day event. The show captures their efforts as they utilize a demanding format that allows them to weigh all the "scorable bass" they catch. Unlike other competitive fishing events, live leaderboards in the boats allow anglers to know their standings at all times. For more information about the game, visit and follow Major League Fishing on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

About Outdoor Sportsman Group: Outdoor Sportsman Group is comprised of the world’s foremost media and entertainment brands for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. It includes three leading multichannel networks: Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network, as well as MOTV, the world’s leading outdoor television content platform. The Group also consists of a number of established integrated media assets: 15 outdoor magazines including Guns & Ammo, Petersen’s Bowhunting and Florida Sportsman, and 19 top websites, including Additionally, Outdoor Sportsman Group includes television production operations, Winnercomm. For more information, visit #MyOutdoorTV

About Bass Pro Shops: Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”



Bailey McBride | Major League Fishing | 918.770.6635 |

Tom Caraccioli | Outdoor Sportsman Group | 212.852.6646 |

Gary Dollahon | Dollahon PR | 918.640.9084 |

Bass Pro Shops | 417.873.4567 |