Land, a fan of roller derby in boyhood, was inspired to bring the sport back to television by an obituary for roller derby legend Joan Weston that he had read in the New York Times in May , and shared his idea with Bagwell, his mentor, who gave him a positive response. The network agreed to air the show but wanted it ready by the new year, forcing Bagwell and Land to create a league, recruit skaters, build a track, design logos and uniforms, hire a television crew, and record the program all in a span of about seven months. In an attempt to build continuity between RollerJam and previous roller derby incarnations, Bagwell and Land hired Jerry Seltzer , the son of roller derby creator Leo Seltzer , to be commissioner of their new league. The first episode of the show was taped in November , a week after Thanksgiving.
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