Turner Sports to Produce its Largest-Ever CES Showcase

Thursday, January 7, Live from Las Vegas

Turner & WME | IMG Set to Make eSports Debut with Live On-Site Championship

Round Coverage Featuring Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

First-Ever Sports Business Forum at CES, Presented by Turner Sports in Partnership with NextVR,to Include Panel with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver & Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.

TNT’s Sports Emmy Award-Winning Inside the NBA to be Televised Live from CES  

Turner Sports will have its largest footprint ever from CES 2016 in Las Vegas – part of an overall Turner presence throughout the week – including a daylong showcase at Tech West, Sands, Hall D on Thursday, January 7.  Events will include Turner Sports’ live on-site event coverage of its first-ever Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Championship in partnership with WME | IMG, streamed live via the FACEIT Twitch Channel, along with the inaugural Sports Business Forum, presented by Turner Sports in partnership with NextVR, including a panel with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. 

Additionally, TNT’s Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA – with host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal – will be televised live from CES.

The full rundown of events in chronological order (all times local):

Sports Business Forum presented by Turner Sports in Partnership with NextVR

8:30 a.m.-Noon PT

The inaugural Sports Business Forum, presented by Turner Sports – in partnership with NextVR, CTA and Foxrock Partners – will bring together leading executives and personalities to discuss innovations associated with the in-person viewing experience and general consumption of sports content.  The panel discussions will also highlight the investment landscape for sports business and the marketplace influence of new technologies.  In addition to partnering with Turner Sports for the Sports Business Forum, NextVR’s immersive virtual reality technology will be featured on site and during studio show programming.

Panels will include:

§  NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., discussing ways technology is evolving the sports marketplace and each of their respective businesses.

§  Team owners including Vivek Ranadive (Sacramento Kings) sharing insights into ways they are leveraging technology to deliver more personalized experiences and deeper levels of engagement.

§  Leading entrepreneurs including TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will highlight the technology that is shaping future sports experiences, as well as where they expect to see the greatest returns.

§  Media industry executives on the evolution of digital and mobile video platforms and the impact on sports content delivery and consumption.

eSports Showcase featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Championship

12:30-3 p.m. PT

Turner Sports and WME | IMG will present an eSports showcase with live event coverage of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Championship from CES in Las Vegas.  This live event will mark the first foray into eSports through the recently announced partnership between Turner Sports and WME | IMG.  Two of the best CS:GO teams in the world will square off, competing in a best-of-three championship round. The winner will receive a prize pool and an invitation to participate in the newly formed “ELEAGUE,” the Turner Sports and WME | IMG competitive gaming league set to debut later in 2016.  In addition to the on-site event experience at CES, fans will be able to watch live streaming coverage of the CS:GO Championship via the FACEIT Twitch Channel.

Turner Sports and WME | IMG have partnered with FACEIT to host the qualifier rounds starting December 12.  More info here

TNT’s Inside the NBA Live from CES

Beginning at 4 p.m. PT

TNT’s award-winning Inside the NBA studio team of host Johnson and analysts Barkley, Smith and O’Neal will be on site at CES.  The popular NBA studio show will be televised live from the Hall D show floor with pre-game coverage beginning at 4 p.m. local time, leading into TNT’s NBA doubleheader.  The iconic team of Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal will continue with halftime updates and full post-game coverage throughout the evening.  

For all of the latest information on each of these events, please visit: www.sportsbusinessinnovation.com.

About Turner Sports
Turner Sports, a division of Turner, is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. Turner Sports’ television coverage includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, eSports, boxing and professional golf.  The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across broadband and mobile platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated Team Stream app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, PGA.comand the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile sites and connected device apps.  Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App,NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

About CES
CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for almost 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM – formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® – the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online atwww.CESweb.org and on social.

About NextVR
NextVR enables the transmission of live, long-form virtual reality content in broadcast quality – leading the way for live and on-demand VR to become a mainstream experience for sporting events, concerts, cinematic productions and more. Launched in 2009, NextVR has more than 26 patents granted or pending for the capture, compression, transmission, and display of virtual reality content. NextVR's platform allows the fully immersive content to be streamed with pristine quality using current home and mobile Internet connections. NextVR was founded by veterans in stereoscopic imaging technology, software development and an award-winning filmmaker.  For more information, go to www.nextvr.com.