Golf spikes, a few tees and a bag of clubs will be the equipment of choice when NBA and NFL icons – some of the best athletes in the world – compete against each other in a first-of-its-kind charity golf tournament, created in partnership between Turner Sports and CAA Sports. The two-day golf event, hosted by Chris Paul and Aaron Rodgers, will follow a common international team format pitting a group of current and past NFL greats against NBA all-stars and legends.
Turner Sports will offer multimedia coverage of the charity golf tournament, to be held at Mohegan Sun Golf Club – named one of the “Best Casino Courses” by Golfweek for 2017 – in Uncasville, Conn., June 27-28.
Bleacher Report will provide access to the NFL and NBA icons participating in the event through a variety of content offerings and top moments from the tournament shared across its social platforms. Additionally, TNT will televise a one-hour, all-access show on Friday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. ET, capturing the best highlights and behind-the-scenes content from the tournament.
Could Rodgers’ team be left flashing the “championship belt” or will Paul’s squad “crossover” seamlessly to the greens? We’ll see whether it's the NBA or NFL players that prevail, all for a good cause with contributions being made to the players’ charities of choice.
“I couldn’t be more excited for ‘The Showdown’ this summer,” said Rodgers. “While the NFL and NBA are home to many of the greatest athletes in the world, a golf course is an entirely different battlefield. I am extremely passionate about golf, and look forward to assembling a team of the NFL’s top golfers to determine, once and for all, which league is truly top on the links.”
“Golf is a favorite sport of mine and I’m thrilled to be hosting this unique tournament where NBA and NFL athletes will trade the court and field for the green,” said Paul. “Competitiveness is essential in our respective sports and I look forward to competing alongside and against the best athletes while raising money for charity.”
TNT’s one-hour show will be televised immediately following the network’s PGA Championship coverage on August 10.