FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 20th, 2017
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED AND TIME INC. PRODUCTIONS PRODUCE FIRST NATIONAL TELECAST OF SI’S SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR AWARDS; EVENT TO AIR ON NBCSN
NBCSN to Televise One-Hour Special Friday, December 8, at 8 p.m. ET
Robert Morton and Daniel Kellison to Executive Produce the Show With Time Inc. Productions
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 20, 2017 – Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (SI) and Time Inc. Productions will produce the first national telecast of the annual SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Sportsperson of the Year awards. The awards show, which was previously only available for viewing online, will air as a one-hour special Friday, December 8 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The event will be held for the second consecutive year at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on Tuesday, December 5.
“When the biggest and most inspiring names in sports come together for SI’s Sportsperson of the Year, there is a uniquely emotional and electric dynamic in the room,” said Chris Stone, Editor in Chief of Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated Group. “People leave the event feeling like they’ve experienced something exceptional and rare. We made the decision to produce the show because television is uniquely positioned to capture that emotion and electricity, and NBCSN is the perfect broadcast partner for the first nationally televised SI Sportsperson of the Year award show.”
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S Sportsperson of the Year has been presented annually since 1954, the year the brand’s magazine launched. The honor is given to the athlete, coach, or team who best represents the sprit of sportsmanship and achievement, as well as inspires others both on and off the field.
SI’s Sportsperson of the Year event will present honors in six categories: SI Sportsperson of the Year, SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, SI Kids SportsKid of the Year, Rising Star, Performance of the Year and the Hope award. Past SI Sportsperson of the Year recipients have included LeBron James, Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Billie Jean King, Michael Phelps and the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team.
“Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year is a great addition to our programming lineup,” said Gary Quinn, Vice President, Programming and Owned Properties. “NBC Sports is committed to telling the stories of athletes, so we are excited to work with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED to showcase the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement.”
The telecast is being produced by Time Inc. Productions, the company’s television production division, which has tapped JASH, a Group Nine company, to co-produce. Highly regarded producers Robert Morton and Daniel Kellison will serve as executive producers. Executive producers from Time Inc. are Steve Cannella, Ian Orefice and Josh Oshinsky.
NBCSN will air an encore presentation of Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year Sunday, December 10 at 10 p.m. ET and Tuesday, December 12 at 11:30 p.m. ET.
ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP:
NBC Sports Group serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital, which includes NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com, GolfChannel.com, the digital assets of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, Rotoworld, the NBC Sports Talk franchise, multiple apps, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, IndyCar and many more. In 2018, NBC Sports Group will take part in presenting three of the biggest sporting events in the world: Super Bowl LII, The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the FIFA World Cup on the networks of Telemundo.
ABOUT THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED GROUP:
Time Inc.’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is the preeminent journalistic enterprise covering the world of sports both on and off the field. Debuting in 1954, SI has garnered worldwide acclaim for its award-winning storytelling born from an independent voice and for its unparalleled access to the most popular athletes and newsmakers from the sports world. This is the underpinning of the Group, which boasts a collection of best-in-class consumer products, platforms and businesses. The SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Group features the fastest-growing top 10 digital sports network, the most-read sports magazine, a new streaming video network—SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV (SI TV)—and marquee franchises and properties including SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT, The MMQB, Planet Fútbol, the FanSided Network of sites and apps, Sportsperson of the Year, SI Fashionable 50, SI EATS, SI Kids, GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. For more information visit SI.com and follow @SINow on Twitter, @SportsIllustrated on Instagram and Facebook and SI_mag on Snapchat. The all-new SI TV over-the-top (OTT) network features over 130 hours of on-demand programming including original documentary series, classic sports movies and TV shows, available now on Amazon Channels at: SI.com/TV.
ABOUT TIME INC.:
Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading multi-platform consumer media company that engages over 230 million consumers globally every month. The company’s influential brands include PEOPLE, TIME, FORTUNE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, INSTYLE, REAL SIMPLE, SOUTHERN LIVING and TRAVEL + LEISURE, as well as approximately 60 diverse international brands. Time Inc. offers marketers a differentiated proposition in the marketplace by combining its powerful brands, trusted content, audience scale, direct relationships with consumers and unique first-party data. The company is home to growing media and platforms, including digital video, OTT, television, licensing, paid products and services and celebrated live events, such as the TIME 100, FORTUNE Most Powerful Women, PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s Sportsperson of the Year, the ESSENCE Festival and the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.
ABOUT BROOKLYN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. BSE manages and controls the Brooklyn Nets and its NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL’s New York Islanders. Barclays Center, which opened on September 28, 2012, offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and Parm Italian Restaurant & 40/40 CLUB by Tanduay Rum. NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, reopened on April 5, 2017 after undergoing an extensive renovation. The Coliseum offers 14,500 seats for basketball, MMA and boxing, 13,900 for hockey, up to 15,000 for concerts, and 4,500 seats for its theater configuration. With a focus on emerging businesses, BSE identifies and creates alliances, strategic partnerships and other business opportunities to ensure the success of its assets.
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