CES Press Release

Sports and Tech Converge at CES 2016 to Redefine the Playing Field Including Showcase Presented by Turner Sports

Arlington, VA – 12/07/2015 – 
As part of an expanded sports and technology initiative at CES® 2016, Turner Sports is producing a series of events on Thursday, January 7 at Tech West, Sands Expo bringing sports to the forefront of the world’s largest innovation event. Presented by Turner Sports, these events include the first-ever Sports Business Forum, an eSports Showcase and live broadcasts featuring TNT’s Sports Emmy Award Winning Inside the NBA. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, CES 2016 is scheduled January 6-9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
“Sports and technology go hand-in-hand, from the interconnected sports world to enhanced consumer viewing experiences, competitive eSports is becoming an explosive category at CES,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. "We are especially thrilled to welcome Turner Sports to CES 2016 along with its sports-fueled programming, competitions and broadcasts which will feature NBA legends live from the CES show floor.”
 
Conferences and special events presented by Turner Sports at CES 2016 include:
 
  • Sports Business Forum, presented by Turner Sports
    8:30 AM – 12 PM Thursday, January 7, Sands, Level 2, Hall D
The Sports Business Forum will highlight innovations relating to the in-person viewing experience and general consumption of sports content. Confirmed speakers include Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Randadive, Raine co-founder and partner Joseph Ravitch, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and TNT’s Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal.
 
  • eSports Showcase, presented by Turner Sports
    12:30 PM Thursday, January 7, Sands, Level 2, Hall D
Turner Sports will present an eSports showcase with live coverage of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Championship. This live event marks the debut of the newly formed professional eSports league – “ELEAGUE” – created in partnership between Turner Sports and WME | IMG.  Two of the best eSports teams in the world will square off, competing in a best-of-three championship. The winner will receive a prize pool and an invitation to participate in the new Turner Sports and WME | IMG competitive gaming league later this year. This viewing opportunity is free to attend for all registered CES attendees.
 
  • TNT's Inside the NBA Live from CES
    4PM Thursday, January 7, Sands, Level 2, Hall D
TNT’s Sports Emmy Award winning Inside the NBA studio team of 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 show floor with pre-game coverage leading into TNT’s NBA doubleheader. The iconic team of Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal will continue with halftime updates and full post-game coverage throughout the evening.  This viewing opportunity is free for all registered CES attendees.
 
Additionally, CES 2016 will feature the Sports Tech Marketplace, presented by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA). Located in the Sands, Level 2, Halls A-C, the Sports Tech Marketplace will showcase the latest innovations from sport-specific smart products to state-of-the-art fandom connectivity.
 
SFIA will also present the 2016 Sports Tech Conference on Thursday, January 7 in the Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4501. The Sports Tech Conference will highlight advancements in sports technology that enhance athletes’ performance and aid coaches by analyzing player data. Industry executives will discuss their company’s respective innovations and how they are changing the sports industry, both from a professional level and from the everyday athlete’s perspective. Confirmed speakers include Wayne Diesel, Sports Performance Director, Miami Dolphins; Anthony Koustelos, Director, Sony Electronics Inc. and Chris Spognardi, Director of Football Operations, University of Tennessee Football.
 
CES 2016 will span 2.3 million nsf of exhibit space featuring more than 3,600 exhibiting companies debuting the latest products and services across the entire consumer tech ecosystem. For the latest CES news and announcements, visit CESweb.org.
 
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About Consumer Technology Association:
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, is the trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

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