TNT, Kia Partner To Broadcast 2019 NBA Awards

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Turner Network Television will broadcast the 2019 NBA Awards Monday night.

The broadcast, sponsored by Kia, is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  It will broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Los Angeles, CA.  The event honors the top performers from the past NBA season with awards, such as the Kia NBA MVP, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Kia Rookie of the Year.

NBA great Shaquille O’Neal will host the broadcast.  Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will become co-recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts will receive the Sager Strong Award.  The Sager Strong Award is presented annually to one person considered to be a trailblazer in his or her industry while also exhibiting courage, faith, compassion and grace.

The full list of candidates and awards for this year’s broadcast is noted below.

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Finalists

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Paul George
James Harden

Additional Award Finalists and Categories

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year: Deandre Ayton (PHX), Luka Doncic (DAL), & Trae Young (ATL)
Kia NBA Sixth Man Award: Montrezl Harrell (LAC), Domantas Sabonis (IND), & Lou Williams (LAC)
Kia Defensive Player of the Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Paul George (OKC), & Rudy Gobert (UTA)
Kia Most Improved Player: De’Aaron Fox (SAC),  D’Angelo Russell (BKN), & Pascal Siakam (TOR)
NBA Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer (MIL), Mike Malone (DEN) & Doc Rivers (LAC)
NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente

Monday night’s broadcast will be preceded by a broadcast of NBA AwardsRed Carpet will stream across multiple platforms live at 8 p.m. ET.  Among the platforms where audiences can watch the proceedings are NBA On TNT’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.  It will also stream live via Bleacher Report’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

Comedian Tony Rock will co-host the broadcast with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks and Turner Sports’ Allie LaForce.  Ro Parrish will serve as the DJ for the event.”Kicks Awards” will also be handed out during the event for the celebrities with the most creative footwear.

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Robin Roberts To Be Honored At TNT’s Annual NBA Awards

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Good Morning America anchor and veteran broadcaster Robin Roberts will receive a special honor at next month’s NBA Awards presented by Kia.

Roberts will receive the Sager Strong Award at the ceremony, which will air at 9 p.m., June 24 on TNT.  The Sager Strong Award is named for iconic TNT sidelines reporter Craig Sager and is presented annually to one person who is a trailblazer that has exemplified courage, faith, compassion and grace.

Sager died in 2016 after losing his battle with cancer. He was known as much for his bright, colorful outfits as his coverage of the NBA. Roberts, who is known for her leadership at ABC’s Good Morning America, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She was named co-anchor for GMA in 2005.

Prior to her appointment at ABC, Roberts became a well-known figure at ESPN, mostly for her work on ESPN’s SporsCenter.  Roberts started her broadcast career in Mississippi before eventually moving to Nashville and Atlanta.  That path would eventually lead Roberts to ESPN and then to ABC.

Roberts was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016.  She has also been honored with the Gracie Award this year and the George Foster Peabody Award in 2012, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2013 ESPYs and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2014.

Other recipients of the Sager Award are figures, such as Monty Williams (2017) and Dikembe Mutombo (2018).

This year marks the third year for TNT’s NBA Awards.  The ceremony honors the NBA’s top performers from the 2018-19 season.  The program is produced by Dick Clark Productions.

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Andy Grammer Performs New Single On ABC’s GMA

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Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Andy Pop star Andy Grammer performed his new single ‘Back Home’ live yesterday on ABC’s Good Morning America. The song is the lead single from Grammer’s upcoming sophomore album Magazines or Novels. Those that missed Grammer’s performance can check it out online now thanks to ABC, Yahoo and Good Morning America. Grammer’s performance can be viewed online at

Grammer was joined by his band mates and even a full drumline for an energetic performance of the song. Magazines or Novels is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, August 5th via S-Curve Records. Grammer is currently touring in support of his upcoming album. He is scheduled to perfrom today at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL. He has a handful of Midwest dates scheduled for the first half of July before making a westward swing beginning July 11th in Denver, Colorado. From there, he will head to Utah before making his way to the Pacific Northwest and down through California before making his way back to the east coast by way of Overland Park, Kansas on July 24th. Grammer’s current tour schedule is available online now along with all of the latest news from the man himself at,, and

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ESPN’s Annual “Jimmy V. Week For Cancer Research” Begins Today

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Today, December 3rd, is an important day in the sports world.  The reason for the day’s importance is that it begins the annual “Jimmy V. Week for Cancer Research.”  It all kicks off tonight with a simulcast of beloved former NC State coach Jim Valvano’s  famed 1993 ESPYs speech across the ESPN family of networks.  It will also run on the ABC SuperSign in New York’s Times Square.  Good Morning America host and winner of the 2013 Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Robin Roberts, will introduce the simulcast.

Roberts and a handful of athletes, coaches, celebrities and ESPN faces will share Valvano’s words through public service announcements.  The announcements in question and “Jimmy V Week” content will air on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, NBA on ESPN games, and college football games on ABC.

The week-long memoriam wraps up with the “Jimmy V. Women’s and Men’s Basketball Classics Presented by Corona.”  The games will be broadcast Tuesday, December 17th at 7pm ET on ESPN2.  Number 1 Connecticut will face off against Number 2 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina on the Women’s side.  On the men’s side, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will take to the hard court at 7pm ET.  That game will be followed up by a matchup of Number 16 Florida and Number 11 Memphis at 9:30 ET.  Both games will run on ESPN and ESPN Radio live from Madison Square Garden.

The “Jimmy V. Week for Cancer Research” raised $1.6 million in 2012.  Last year’s success brings the fundraising effort’s six-year total to more than $6.5 million.  More information on this and more from ESPN is available online at and  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at

ESPN, espnW Branching Out Nine For IX Series

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Fans of ESPN’s hugely popular and successful Nine for IX series have even more reason to be excited today.  ESPN President John Skipper announced today that espnW and ESPN Films will continue the collaboration that they started with this Summer’s Nine for IX series into the future.  The two organizations will continue their partnership with an annual digital short film series.  Skipper shared his thoughts on what led to the decision in a prepared statement.  “The Nine for IX brand has become a beacon for stories that matter to the modern sports fan,” said Skipper. “We are proud to continue this critically acclaimed series, providing fans a fresh, unique, and relevant point of view on the evolving landscape of women in sports.”

The first five films in the annual digital short film series will air during Summer 2014.  They and all shorts to follow will be made available on a variety of digital ESPN platforms.  They will also eventually be aired on the ESPN family of networks and on mobile devices and applications.  They will also be available online at espnW and  It will continue to be executive produced by Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America and Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of Tribeca Productions. 

Along with the announcement of this new digital shorts series, the announcement was also made that espnW will now have a new annual power ranking list—the espnW Impact 10—that will recognize the ten female athletes who have made a significant impact on and off the field during the past year.  The annual power ranking list will highlight the stories and biggest moments from 2013 through videos, columns and articles, photo galleries and athlete profiles.  Each year’s list will be judged by an industry panel of judges.  Fans will also have the chance to debate and vote on the list online at and via twitter.  The Impact 10 will debut on espnW and on ESPN’s SportsCenter.  More information on this and more is available online at and  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at

James, Williams, Heat Lead The Night At Annual ESPYs Awards

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Another year, another big night for the ESPYS.  LeBron James and his team mates with the Miami heat were some of the big winners at ESPN’s annual sports awards show.  Also on the list of the year’s big winners were Serena Williams and Michael Phelps.  James led the pack with three ESPY awards.  And his team mates took home the award in the “Best Team” category for the second consecutive year.  James’ awards were in the categories of: “Best Championship Performance”, “Best NBA Player”, and “Best Male Athlete.”  Just as his team mates won their award for the second consecutive year, so did James take home the same awards personally for the second consecutive year, too.  Last night’s win brings James’ ESPY total to nine awards over the course of his career. 

Serena Williams took home two awards on the night.  She won in the categories of “Best Female Athlete” and “Best Best Female Tennis Player.”

Game Six of the NBA Championship finals won the award in the “Best Game” category.  It was in that game that Ray Allen forced the game into overtime with a game-tying three-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in the game.  The Heat went on to win the game and the 2013 NBA Championship.

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick might not have won the big game this year.  But he did win at the ESPYs.  He took home the award in the “Best Breakout Athlete.”  Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby won in the category of “Best NHL Player.”  The award comes on the heels of a season that saw Crosby score fifteen goals and forty-one assists over the course of the regular season.  And from the world of Major League Baseball, Detroit Tigers player and triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera brought home the award for “Best MLB Player.”  Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps won the award for “Best Record-Breaking Performance.”  He won the award for his record setting the all-time record for most Olympic Medals at a total of twenty-two medals.  He also won this award in 2009. 

In one of the night’s more emotional moments, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts took home the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.  Roberts, who also played a direct hand in the new ESPN/espnW film series, Nine for IX, was one of ESPN’s first female sports anchors in the 1990s.  Roberts has faced both cancer and MDS yet never wavered in her fight against either life-threatening illness.  The award was presented to Roberts by LeBron James. 

Another of the night’s more emotional moments came in the presentation of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.  The award was given to the father and son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt.  The pair has competed together in over one thousand endurance events including thirty-one Boston Marathons.  The younger of the duo, Rick Hoyt, is 51-years old.  He was born with cerebral palsy.  The condition left him unable to use his hands and legs.  His father, 73-year old Dick Hoyt, pushes his son in a custom-made running chair during races including 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons and triathlons.  The award was given to the duo by actor Ben Affleck. 

Among some of the nights other notable winners were:  Rick Pitino (Best Coach/Manager), Candace Parker (Best WNBA Player), Floyd Mayweather (Best Fighter), Missy Franklin (Best Female Olympian), Usain Bolt (Best International Athlete) and Thierry Henry (Best MLS Player).  A full list of the night’s winners is available below.












BEST MOMENT: Jack Hoffman TD at Nebraska spring game

BEST TEAM: Miami Heat

BEST COMEBACK: Adrian Peterson


BEST GAME: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 6 NBA Finals



BEST UPSET: 15-Seed Florida Gulf Coast over 2-Seed Georgetown


BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE: Michael Phelps 22 Olympic medals








BEST MLB PLAYER: Miguel Cabrera


BEST WNBA PLAYER: Candace Parker

BEST NFL PLAYER: Adrian Peterson

BEST NHL PLAYER: Sidney Crosby

BEST MLS PLAYER: Thierry Henry




BEST DRIVER: Ryan Hunter-Reay

BEST FIGHTER: Floyd Mayweather




BEST JOCKEY: Joel Rosario






CAPITAL ONE CUP: North Carolina Women’s Athletics and UCLA Men’s Athletics


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Nine For IX Series Continues With Film On Vols Coach Pat Summit

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The next film in ESPN Films’ and espnW’s Nine for IX series airs next Tuesday, July 9thPat XO focuses on the University of Tennessee women’s legendary basketball coach, Pat Summit.  Summit’s story is told through the words of those who know the beloved coach most, including her own family.  Her son Tyler, who serves as Assistant Coach of Marquette’s women’s basketball team, serves as lead storyteller in this moving film.  Others to share their stories and thoughts on coach Summit in this film include the likes of: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, fellow coach Geno Auriemma, country music artist Kenny Chesney, and even players Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings, and Michelle Marciniak.

Pat XO was co-directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters.  The pair’s first collaboration, Emmanuel’s Gift, was an award winning documentary.  The documentary followed the story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah in his fight for the rights of two million disabled citizens of in Ghana, West Africa.  They have also worked on a trio of prime-time specials for PBS, a documentary with Harpo Studios on Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls, and the film, UnmatchedUnmatched is a film included in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.  It follows the rivalry and friendship between tennis stars Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and is told through the pair’s own experiences and words.  Robin Roberts, host of ABC’s Good Morning America, produced the new film.  It will air next Tuesday night at 8pm EST on ESPN.

All films in the Nine for IX series will be available for purchase via iTunes and Amazon the day after each is aired.  They will all be culled for a special gift set from ESPN on October 15th, 2013.

The complete schedule for the Nine for IX series is listed below.

July 9: Pat XO


July 16: Let Them Wear Towels


July 23: No Limits


July 30: Swoopes


August 6: The Diplomat


August 13: Runner


August 20: The ‘99ers


August 27: Branded


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In The Game With Robin Roberts Returning For Second Season


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In The Game with Robin Roberts presented by Lexus returns next week.  The sports based program is produced by espnW in partnership with ABC News.  It can be viewed online at and, and on TV on ESPN’s SportsCenterGood Morning America host and former ESPN anchor Robin Roberts, will be joined by NASCAR driver Danica Patrick for a one-on-one conversation in next week’s season premiere. 

When asked about Roberts returning to host the program again, espnW  Vice President Laura Gentile shared her thoughts on having her return to host again.  “Robin Roberts is a respected journalist and life-long athlete,” Gentile said.  “In the Game enables Robin to connect with today’s athletes in an intimate setting and uncover insights and stories that truly illuminate them as people. It’s a unique platform and one in which only Robin could bring such power and meaning.” 

Roberts shared Gentile’s sentiment adding, “I’ll probably always be an athlete at heart,” she noted.  “I appreciate espnW bringing me back for a second season. There’s so much we can all learn from these top athletes. I also enjoy bringing out a side of them rarely seen. Teaming up again with espnW is a perfect fit.” 

Roberts’ interviews with her guests are expected to focus on “pursuit of perfection” in each athlete’s career and personal life.  U.S. Gold Medal winning gymnast Gabby Douglas and U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan are both scheduled to appear this season on In The Game with Robin Roberts presented by Lexus along with even more guests to be announced at later dates.

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