CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cable network VH1 has announced that Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is getting his own dating reality show.
The show is tentatively called The Tournament and the 10-episode, one-hour series is scheduled to premiere in July 2010.
According to a press release issued by VH1, The Tournament will start with Ochocinco finding his "first 85″ by traveling all over the country meeting women that may be interested in dating him. Then, during the first episode, he will narrow the playing field down to the sweet sixteen - four women from each of the four regions of the country – Northern, Western, Southern and Central Divisions. The sixteen chosen women will be invited to join Ochocinco for the rest of the tournament-style dating competition.
Once the competition begins, Ochocinco will follow a tournament bracket where each of the ladies will have an opportunity to spend quality time with him while also facing off against one another in double-dates. The winner of each dating face-off will receive a game ball from Ochocinco and move on to the next round of the tournament, while the loser goes home. Ultimately the sweet sixteen will be narrowed down to eight and then the final four.
In the end, the championship date between the two remaining women will result in Ochocinco awarding his chosen love the coveted Championship Ring.
"Chad Ochocinco is one of the most electrifying individuals in sports today. His bigger than life personality on and off the field and his notorious skills as a social networker, connecting daily with his fans, makes him a perfect fit for VH1," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, VH1. "This show will not only give viewers a look inside his professional life, but also reveal his softer more romantic side when playing a very different kind of game."