GSN, Lampoon Holding Greek Games

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Game Show Network and National Lampoon are teaming up to produce a competition featuring fraternities and sororities vying in absurd sports, like the "pita-bread discus toss" and "Greek olive-oil wrestling."

Taking a cue from the real Olympic Games, taking place in Athens, Greece, GSN and National Lampoon will debut the preliminary televised competition for National Lampoon’s Greek Games in May on National Lampoon Network.

That college cable network is carried on cable and direct-broadcast satellite in more than 600 schools and university communities, reaching 4.6 million students.

National Lampoon’s Greek Games

will culminate with a two-hour special on GSN in early July. That special will feature two fraternities and two sororities -- chosen from submitted videotapes demonstrating their "National Lampoon style of sportsmanship" -- competing for the title of "Greek Game Champion."

"Greece really is the word in this case," GSN president Rich Cronin said in a prepared statement. "We’re calling on Greek organizations at colleges and universities to take this seriously, even if we don’t, because we’re looking at the Greek Games to become an annual event."

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