FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
NBC Sports and Gold Level Sports & Entertainment to Present Elite High School Basketball and Football Games in “The Battle Showcase” Series, Beginning This Weekend on Peacock and NBCSN
Partnership Features More than 24 Games over Next Five Months
October Games Feature QB Arch Manning and Basketball Players Bronny James, Mikey Williams and Amari Bailey
MIAMI, October 6, 2021 – NBC Sports and Gold Level Sports & Entertainment have partnered to present “The Battle Showcase” featuring elite high school basketball and football games with competition beginning this weekend at The Battle Miami.
Over the next five months, more than 24 basketball and football games will be presented in The Battle series across NBC Sports platforms, including Peacock and NBCSN.
Coverage begins this weekend with The Battle in Miami, a two-day basketball event at Florida Memorial University (an HBCU), featuring seven highly anticipated matchups on Oct. 9 and 10 across NBCSN and Peacock. Headlining the competition this Saturday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN is the country’s No. 2-rated high school junior and top player in the state of North Carolina, Mikey Williams, and Vertical Academy, facing the California Basketball Club featuring the dynamic backcourt of UCLA commit Amari Bailey and LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. Both teams will take the court again the next day on Sun., Oct. 10, with Williams and Vertical Academy facing Life Christian Academy at 2 p.m. ET on Peacock, and Bailey, James and California Basketball Club tipping off against KT Kings at 5 p.m. ET on Peacock.
The following week the inaugural Battle Football Showcase features top high school quarterback Arch Manning, the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and New York Giants two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning, and grandson of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning. Manning and his Isidore Newman teammates will take on in-state rival St. Charles Catholic on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN from St. Charles Catholic High School in Laplace, LA.
“With the top players in their respective sports competing in The Battle, we knew we had to find a partner to present these showcase events on a national level. We are excited to be working with NBC Sports for multiple events so that high school sports fans all over the country will be able to watch the future of sports,” said Gold Level Sports & Entertainment CEO, Darren Duncan.
“We’re excited to partner with Gold Level Sports & Entertainment to present The Battle and showcase the next generation of star basketball and football players to a national audience,” said Nick Casanova, NBC Sports.
ThePostGame, a leading sports media consultancy and content studio, has represented the media rights for Gold Level Sports & Entertainment and orchestrated the partnership with NBC Sports. “We’re thrilled to bring these two forward-thinking partners together, with NBC Sports providing a powerful platform to deliver The Battle’s unparalleled level of high school competition to fans,” said Mike Kelly, CMO of ThePostGame.
Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10, 2021 — BASKETBALL
October 9, 2021
|3:00PM ET||Peacock||Game 1: Rip City (NSU University School) vs Life Christian Academy|
|4:30PM ET||Peacock||Game 2: The High (Miami Senior) vs KT Kings (Calvary Christian)|
|6:00PM ET||NBCSN||Game 3: The Explorers (Christopher Columbus) vs The View (Riverview)|
|8:00PM ET||NBCSN||Game 4: California Basketball Club (Sierra Canyon) vs Vertical Academy|
October 10, 2021
|2:00PM ET||Peacock||Game 1: Vertical Academy vs Life Christian Academy|
|3:30PM ET||Peacock||Game 2: The View (Riverview) vs Rip City (NSU University School)|
|5:00PM ET||Peacock||Game 3: KT Kings (Calvary Christian) vs California Basketball Club (Sierra Canyon)|
** This event is considered a pre-season showcase, therefore in accordance with state rules, teams will be playing under their affiliate club team names.
Thursday, October 14, 2021 — FOOTBALL
|8:00PM ET||NBCSN||Isidore Newman vs St. Charles Classic|
MEDIA: Media interested in covering the event should email Info@goldlevelse.com.
About Gold Level Sports & Entertainment
Gold Level Sports & Entertainment (Gold Level) is a brand marketing firm with expertise in creating sporting opportunities for the next generation of athletes. Gold Level specializes in event operations, television productions, digital engagement, media relations, and developing marketing strategies for brands to increase their sales revenue. Gold Level shares their love for sports with the youth of tomorrow. Gold Level was founded by Danny Green (NBA Champion and current player) and Darren Duncan (former professional international basketball player) – both of whom are actively involved in coaching, training, and youth development through basketball.
About NBC Sports
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, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Audio Network and NBC Sports Digital, which includes NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com,GolfChannel.com, the digital assets of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports EDGE, the NBC Sports Talk franchise, multiple apps, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine, and two direct-to-consumer products – NBC Sports Gold and GolfPass. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of media rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, and many more.
About The PostGame
ThePostGame is a leading sports media consultancy and content studio that has been serving leagues, teams, TV networks, publishers, sports betting properties, brands and athletes for more than 10 years. ThePostGame’s core services help properties in every critical business function transformed by technology — media rights optimization, digital strategy, sales and packaging, data-driven decision-making, digital video production, branded content development, social media marketing and sophisticated multi-platform distribution. ThePostGame has produced over 600 branded content series for the biggest properties and advertisers in sports. Notable clients include the NBA, NBC Sports, New York Jets, PGA, FOX Sports, Canadian Soccer Business, Olympic Channel, Reed Exhibitions, ESPN, Gold Level Sports & Entertainment, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, USA Today Sports, Golfweek, Arena Football Association, Global Gaming Expo and The Madison Square Garden Company.
For additional information about The Battle, visit www.thebattleofficial.com.