Turner Sports’ Expanded CES Showcase to Include Full Day of Events Scheduled on Thursday, January 5

Sports Business Innovation at CES Presented by Turner Sports to Include Series of Featured Panels, ELEAGUE Showcase & Live Telecast of TNT’s Inside the NBA

For the second consecutive year, Turner Sports will present its Sports Business Innovation showcase at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, part of an overall Turner presence at this year’s convention.  Sports Business Innovation at CES Presented by Turner Sports will highlight a full day of activities to be held Thursday, Jan. 5.

Sports Business Innovation at CES Presented by Turner Sports is in partnership with CTA and Foxrock Partners, along with sponsors including Ford and NextVRClick here for highlights from last year’s Sports Business Innovation panel discussions.

This year’s Thursday schedule, originating from Tech West Sands, Hall D, will include (all times local):

Sports Business Innovation Panel Discussions – 8:45 a.m.-Noon PT

A full morning of panels will bring together leading executives and personalities to discuss innovations that are driving the continued evolution of the sports industry.  The panel discussions will also examine the ever-changing consumption habits of sports fans across an increasing number of screens and devices, along with a deep dive conversation on the dramatic growth of esports as a global business.

Panel 1: The New Era of League Innovation – 9-9:40 a.m.

League commissioners and athletes will discuss ways that technology is driving an ever-changing landscape of sport.  The group will discuss how their respective leagues are taking advantage of the inherent brand and business-building opportunities and how current and former players alike are using technology on and off the court.

Moderator: Ernie Johnson (Host, Turner Sports)

Speakers: Mark Emmert (President, NCAA), Adam Silver (Commissioner, NBA), Grant Hill (NBA veteran & Turner Sports analyst), Sue Bird (WNBA star)


Panel 2: Life Off the Court - 9:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Often times, athletes are defined by what they accomplish on the field of play. This panel will examine unique tech-driven partnerships and business ventures realized by some of the world’s leading athletes to enhance their individual brands and establish a deeper connection with sports fans.

Moderator: Maverick Carter (CEO, SpringHill Entertainment & UNINTERRUPTED)

Speakers: Chris Bosh (11-time NBA All-Star), Dexter Fowler (2016 World Series Champion and MLB veteran)


Panel 3: Evolution of Consumer Engagement - 10:40 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

From following your favorite athletes to watching your teams, tablets and smartphones continue to allow for greater access and more consumption possibilities than ever before.  How do sports properties best take advantage of these opportunities and where do brands fit in?

Moderator: Neha Gandhi (SVP Content Strategy & Innovation, Refinery29)

Speakers: Larry Scott (Commissioner, Pac-12), Dave Finocchio (Founder & CEO, Bleacher Report), Mark LaNeve (Vice President, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford), Brad Allen (Executive Chairman, NextVR)


Panel 4: esports - 11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

With global revenue from esports expected to exceed $1 billion in revenue by 2019, industry experts will discuss the rapid growth of professional gaming and its outlook for the future. 

Moderator: Richard Lewis (Host, Turner Sports)

Speakers: Christina Alejandre (General Manager of ELEAGUE & VP of esports, Turner Sports), Dennis Fong (professional gamer), Nick Allen (Director of esports Operations, Twitch), Bryan DeZayas (Director, Dell Gaming), Imari Oliver (VP of esports Sales and Global Partnerships, IMG)

“ELEAGUE Major” Preview Show – 1:30-2:30 p.m. PT

ELEAGUE, the professional esports organization formed in partnership between Turner and WME | IMG, will present a live studio show from CES previewing its first-ever “ELEAGUE Major,” a championship esports event featuring Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) competitive video game.  ELEAGUE host Lewis will be joined by analysts Jason “Moses” O’Toole and Duncan “Thorin” Shields from 1:30-2:30 p.m. PT to preview the ELEAGUE Major, held January 22-29 in Atlanta. 

TNT’s Inside the NBA – Beginning at 4 p.m. PT

TNT’s award-winning Inside the NBA studio team with host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille 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 and post-game coverage throughout the evening.

Formula E – Saturday, Jan. 7, beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT

In addition to Tuner Sports’ comprehensive Thursday programming, ELEAGUE will partner with the FIA Formula E Championship for its Las Vegas eRace on Saturday, Jan. 7.  The virtual race, including a specially designed track incorporating the famous Las Vegas Strip, will feature all 20 Formula E drivers and 10 fans from across the world competing for a share of a one million dollar prize pool.  ELEAGUE will produce the event coverage, which begins on-site at 1:30 p.m. local time and will be available via Twitch from 3-5 p.m. (PT).

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.  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.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 also jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, the NBA App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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