Major League Baseball has a major thorn in its side thanks to one of its best players in Alex Rodriguez battling his 211-game suspension for allegedly using performance enhancing drugs. Their is currently a bidding war for the rights to a tell-all book from the New York Yankees third baseman, who has also met with one of the producers of acclaimed Miami drug documentary Cocaine Cowboys.
Reports Page Six:
Alex Rodriguez is about to seal a multimillion dollar deal for a tell-all book about his legal battle with MLB, with which he plans to lift the lid on the “full dirt of Major League Baseball’s tactics” he claims have been used against him.
Sources exclusively tell Page Six that HarperCollins and Random House are two of the top publishers battling for the real A-Rod story, and that a deal could be signed in the next few weeks.
Alex has also recently had several meetings with filmmaker Billy Corben — whose work includes the acclaimed “Cocaine Cowboys,” which depicts Miami drug culture in the 1970s and ’80s — about making a documentary about his battle to stay on the field.
The potential for 30 for 30 style documentary of A-Rod’s struggle—Corben produced The U, a doc about University of Miami football for ESPN—is particularly intriguing.
Corben’s studio, Rakontur, set up with partner Alfred Spellman, produced “The U,” a documentary about the championship history of the University of Miami football program for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series. It became the highest-rated documentary in the network’s 30-year history when it debuted in December 2009. Alex has long-standing ties with the university.
The source noted it’s unlikely ESPN would screen an A-Rod doc, given its close relationship with MLB, but Corben could take it to HBO.
A-Rod is backed up against a wall, and is clearly ready to drop dime on anybody and everybody.