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NBA & NFL Icons Tee Off in Star-Studded Showdown

Turner Sports & CAA Sports Partner to Create First-of-its-Kind Charity Golf Tournament
Hosted by Aaron Rodgers & Chris Paul at Mohegan Sun Golf Club

Bleacher Report to Offer Event Content Including Top Moments Across Social Channels;
TNT to Televise One Hour, All-Access Special, Friday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. ET

Golf spikes, a few tees and a bag of clubs will be the equipment of choice when NBA and NFL icons – some of the best athletes in the world – compete against each other in a first-of-its-kind charity golf tournament, created in partnership between Turner Sports and CAA Sports.  The two-day golf event, hosted by Chris Paul and Aaron Rodgers, will follow a common international team format pitting a group of current and past NFL greats against NBA all-stars and legends.

Turner Sports will offer multimedia coverage of the charity golf tournament, to be held at Mohegan Sun Golf Club – named one of the “Best Casino Courses” by Golfweek for 2017 – in Uncasville, Conn., June 27-28. 

Bleacher Report will provide access to the NFL and NBA icons participating in the event through a variety of content offerings and top moments from the tournament shared across its social platforms.  Additionally, TNT will televise a one-hour, all-access show on Friday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. ET, capturing the best highlights and behind-the-scenes content from the tournament. 

Could Rodgers’ team be left flashing the “championship belt” or will Paul’s squad “crossover” seamlessly to the greens?  We’ll see whether it's the NBA or NFL players that prevail, all for a good cause with contributions being made to the players’ charities of choice.

“I couldn’t be more excited for ‘The Showdown’ this summer,” said Rodgers.  “While the NFL and NBA are home to many of the greatest athletes in the world, a golf course is an entirely different battlefield. I am extremely passionate about golf, and look forward to assembling a team of the NFL’s top golfers to determine, once and for all, which league is truly top on the links.”

“Golf is a favorite sport of mine and I’m thrilled to be hosting this unique tournament where NBA and NFL athletes will trade the court and field for the green,” said Paul. “Competitiveness is essential in our respective sports and I look forward to competing alongside and against the best athletes while raising money for charity.”

TNT’s one-hour show will be televised immediately following the network’s PGA Championship coverage on August 10.

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, ELEAGUE and professional golf, along with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League beginning in Summer 2018.  The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across digital and social platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, PGA.com and 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 jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, the NBA App and NBAGLEAGUE.com. Turner Sports recently launched B/R Live, a premium live streaming sports platform that serves as the central hub for both the discovery and consumption of live sports content. The new streaming service allows fans to find and watch their favorite sports content anywhere, anytime and on the screen of their choice.

About CAA Sports
The five-time recipient of the award for “Best in Talent Representation and Management,” presented by the Sports Business Journal, CAA Sports represents more than 1,700 of the world's best athletes in such sports as baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, tennis, Olympics and action sports, and golf, in addition to coaches, on-air broadcasters, and sports personalities.  Beyond traditional athlete representation, CAA Sports provides unique opportunities for clients off the field, in areas including licensing, endorsements, speaking, philanthropy, books, and video games.  CAA Sports also works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, licensing, hospitality, and sports properties for sales/sponsorships, for which the agency won “Best in Property Consulting, Sales, and Client Service” at the 2016 Sports Business Awards.  CAA Sports is a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  CAA represents the most creative and successful artists working in film, television, music, theatre, video games, and digital content, and provides a range of strategic marketing services to corporate clients. 

About Mohegan Sun
Owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, 1,600 deluxe hotel rooms, 2 world-class spas, a golf course, over 90 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @mohegansun, view us on YouTube and find us on Snapchat at username MoheganSun.

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