FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 6th, 2021
TIMBERLAKE, CURRYS, SORENSTAM, STRAHAN, ROMO, RODGERS AND BARKLEY HEADLINE STRONGEST CELEBRITY FIELD IN AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY, JULY 9-11
Live Tournament Coverage on NBC and NBCSN
Networks of NBCUniversal to Surround Tournament Coverage All Week With Exclusive Interviews and Content
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev., July 6, 2021 – This week, the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament will feature the strongest field from the world of sports and entertainment in the championship’s 32-year history, headlined by Justin Timberlake, Stephen, Dell and Seth Curry, Annika Sorenstam, Patrick Mahomes, Michael Strahan, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Charles Barkley and defending champion Mardy Fish. NBC Sports will televise live 10 hours of live coverage Friday-Sunday, July 9-11, with the networks of NBCUniversal surrounding live tournament coverage all week in delivering its most robust linear and digital coverage in tournament history.
American Century Championship Live Tournament Airtimes
Friday, July 9 NBCSN 5-8 p.m. ET / 2-5 p.m. PT (Live)
Saturday, July 10 NBC 2:30-6 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. PT (Live)
Sunday, July 11 NBC 2:30-6 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. PT (Live)
TOP FIELD IN TOURNAMENT HISTORY: A field of 89 participants from the world of sports and entertainment will compete in the 54-hole tournament, taking place at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on the shores of Lake Tahoe. All told, the field collectively represents 17 Hall of Famers, 13 Most Valuable Player awards, 15 Cy Young Awards, eight Player of the Year awards and multiple Grammy and Emmy Award winners. The full field for the 2021 American Century Championship can be found Here
SEVEN FIRST-TIME PARTICIPANTS: Headlining the field of seven first-time participants includes Seth Curry, who will be joining older brother, Stephen and their father, Dell; and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer/Television Analyst Michael Strahan. Joining them as first-time participants are Derek Carr, Sean McDermott, CC Sabathia, Justin Tuck and Andrew Whitworth.
SORENSTAM HEADLINES TRIO OF WOMEN IN FIELD: World Golf Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam will compete in the American Century Championship for a second time (2014), marking her final competitive venture before teeing it up in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open later this month. She will be joined by TODAY Show anchor/meteorologist Dylan Dreyer and GOLF Channel reporter/2015 Miss America Kira K. Dixon as the women competing in the championship.
NBC SPORTS BROADCAST TEAM: Host Steve Sands and analyst Peter Jacobsen will anchor NBC Sports’ live tournament coverage from Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. They will be joined by Jimmy Roberts as a hole announcer, along with Curt Byrum and Roger Maltbie reporting from the course. Damon Hack will conduct interviews with players in the field throughout the championship.
RACE AND SPORTS IN AMERICA – CONVERSATIONS: On Thursday, GOLF Channel’s Damon Hack will host a series of roundtable conversations with several players in the field – including Stephen and Dell Curry, Jimmy Rollins, Justin Tuck and Kyle Rudolph – that will be utilized for a special that is scheduled to premiere on Peacock on Saturday, July 17. One year after the series’ initial premiere in July, 2020 from the American Century Championship, Race and Sports in America will continue the conversations on social justice, race and ways that sports can continue to fight inequality as the panelists reflect on the past year and look ahead to the future.
TODAY SHOW, CNBC, NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS AND NBC LOCAL AFFILIATES SURROUND COVERAGE: Wednesday-Friday leading up to the opening round of coverage, the TODAY Show, CNBC, NBC Sports Regional Networks and local NBC affiliates across the country will prepare viewers for live coverage with interviews from Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course with players in the field.
PEACOCK’S BROTHER FROM ANOTHER LIVE FROM EDGEWOOD TAHOE: Peacock’s daily talk show Brother From Another will broadcast live from Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Wednesday-Friday, featuring interviews with players in the field and NBC Sports’ broadcast team. Michael Holley and Michael Smith will host from Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course from 3-5 pm ET Wednesday-Friday, streaming live on Peacock.
NBC SPORTS’ BEYOND THE FAIRWAY AND BET THE EDGE PODCASTS: Two of NBC Sports’ signature podcasts, Beyond the Fairway, hosted by Will Lowery and Doug Smith, and Bet the Edge, hosted by Sara Perlman, will deliver exclusive content and interviews from the American Century Championship throughout the week. Beyond the Fairway and Bet the Edge are available for download on all major podcast platforms, including: NBCSports.com/podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and iHeart. Beyond the Fairway also is available on GolfChannel.com and full video episodes are available on GOLF Channel’s YouTube page and on Peacock. Bet the Edge also is available on NBCSportsEdge.com and NBCSportsEdge.com/YouTube.
BIG BREAK GLASS BREAK CHALLENGE, WEDNESDAY, JULY 7: Celebrities in the field will have the opportunity to compete in the “Glass Break Challenge”, the signature challenge from GOLF Channel’s long-running reality competition series, Big Break. GOLF Channel’s School of Golf co-host and former Big Break winner Blair O’Neal will host the Glass Break Challenge on Wednesday, with exclusive content airing via GOLF Channel, GolfPass and NBC Sports’ digital and social media platforms beginning Thursday leading into the championship.
GOLF CHANNEL NEWS COVERAGE: GOLF Channel’s news shows Golf Today and Golf Central will surround NBC Sports’ live tournament coverage with news coverage and highlights throughout the week.
SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: The American Century Championship’s social media handles (@ACChampionship on Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook) will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes content throughout the week. Live tournament coverage also will integrate social media into its telecasts Friday-Sunday, incorporating social media posts from celebrities, athletes and fans using the hashtag #ACCGolf.
NBC Sports’ coverage of the American Century Championship will be streamed via NBCSports.com as well as on the NBC Sports app. The official tournament website – www.AmericanCenturyChampionship.com – will be a one-stop shop for videos, photos and live scoring. Fans can keep up with the American Century Championship through NBC Sports Group’s social media platforms throughout tournament week, including photos, interviews, video clips, up-to-date news reports and highlights at @NBCSports, @GOLFChannel and @ACChampionship.
MORE THAN $5.5 MILLION DONATED TO CHARITY: Since the tournament’s inception in 1980, the American Century Championship has donated more than $5.5 million to charity and non-profits. The 2020 tournament was safely conducted in 2020 albeit without spectators amidst the global pandemic and raised $600,000 for COVID-19 and social justice charities while fulfilling its commitment to promote the Lake Tahoe region in the destination resort’s biggest week of the year. The event features a $600,000 purse, with $125,000 going to the winner, with many of the players donating their winnings to charities and non-profits.
For the 2021 championship, multiple precautions will be taken by event officials and sponsors to ensure health and safety for all participants and attendees, including limiting tickets and spectators. Lake Tahoe tourism authorities have enacted various “Know Before You Go” protocols as well as the Lake Tahoe Take Care Travel Pledge to reinforce mindful and responsible travel efforts. Tickets are available in advance and only online at www.AmerianCenturyChampionship.com.
American Century Investments, the title sponsor of the championship since 1998, continues its role in partnership with NBC Sports, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and the South Tahoe community.
About American Century Investments – Tournament Title Sponsor
American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Founded in 1958, American Century Investments’ 1,400 employees serve financial professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in New York; London; Frankfurt; Hong Kong; Sydney; Mountain View, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo. Jonathan S. Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang serves as chief investment officer. Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40 percent of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization. The Institute owns more than 40 percent of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments of $1.7 billion since 2000. For more information about American Century Investments, visit www.americancentury.com.
About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Lake Tahoe was recently designated No. 24 in the World Top 100 Golf Destinations for the best combination of experiences: spectacular golf, dining, attractions, resorts, culture by GolfPass. Tahoe South combines the distinctive appeal of two worlds: spectacular natural beauty and a modern tourism destination with an array of outdoor recreation, entertainment, nightlife and gaming. Tahoe’s timeless splendor and diversity toward health and wellness, green business practices and sustainability continue to define its inimitable personality. For information about lodging, recreation, packages, and healthy travel at Tahoe South, call 1-800-288-2463 or log onto www.TahoeSouth.com