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2017 All-Star Game Has Highest Rating Since 2013

Feb 20, 2017 3:01 PM

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game averaged 7.8 million total viewers to make it the most viewed telecast since 2013.

Coverage of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game across Turner’s TV Everywhere platforms garnered double-digit growth with video views up 46% and total video consumption up 37% vs. 2016.

The top five local market ratings for the All-Star Game were Oklahoma City (10.9 U.S. HH Rating), San Francisco (10.3), Cleveland (10.3), New Orleans (9.2) and Memphis (8.5).

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Carmelo Anthony Named All-Star Replacement For Kevin Love

Feb 16, 2017 12:02 AM

Carmelo Anthony has been selected as the injury replacement for Kevin Love, who underwent surgery on his left knee.

This will mark Anthony's 10th All-Star nod.

Anthony accepted Adam Silver's offer of the All-Star spot on Wednesday.

Anthony is averaging 23.2 points (tied for 16th in the NBA), 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 55 games this season.

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TNT Sells Out All-Star Game Ads For Third Straight Year

Feb 15, 2017 4:39 PM

TNT has sold out their commercial slots for the NBA All-Star Game for the third straight year well in advance.

According to Turner Sports Exec VP-Ad Sales Jon Diament, Sunday night's game sold out even earlier than last year's telecast, which at the time was TNT's most lucrative in its 14 years of carrying the game.

"This is the third year in a row we've been in a sold-out position on all three nights, and a lot of that has to do with the caliber of the event," Mr. Diament said. "Advertisers are clamoring for high-profile, live sporting events, and All-Star Weekend is a great environment to roll out new activations."

Diament estimates that between 50% and 75% of All-Star units are sold during the upfront as part of multiyear deals with league sponsors, leaving the remainder for first-timers who buy in scatter as well as a number of activations keyed to the weekend.

Nearly 45% of all NBA viewers are age 35 and under, making them the country's youngest major-league sports constituency, and the audience is by far the most diverse.

 

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Klay, Lowry, Eric Gordon, Irving, McCollum, Kemba, Matthews, Young In 3-Point Contest

Feb 2, 2017 7:32 PM

Klay Thompson will defend his 3-Point Contest title from 2016.

Joining Thompson in the contest are Kyle Lowry, Eric Gordon, Kyrie Irving, C.J. McCollum, Kemba Walker, Wesley Matthews and Nick Young.

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Gordon, DeAndre, Glenn Robinson III, Derrick Jones Jr. To Participate In Dunk Contest

Feb 2, 2017 7:21 PM

The NBA has announced their participants for the 2017 Slam Dunk Contest.

Aaron Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, Glenn Robinson III and Derrick Jones, Jr. will participate.

Zach LaVine will not defend his back-to-back titles. Gordon was the runner-up last season against LaVine.

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Klay Thompson To Defend 3-Point Contest Title

Feb 2, 2017 12:51 PM

Klay Thompson will defend his title in the 2017 3-Point Contest.

Stephen Curry has received an invite but is still considering whether he'll participate.

Curry is shooting 41 percent from long distance and his 188 makes is tops in the league. Thompson is hitting the 3-ball at a 40-percent clip, and his 143 triples places him fifth among the top distance makers.

Wesley Matthews has confirmed he will be in the contest.

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Russell Westbrook Headlines 2017 All-Star Reserves

Jan 26, 2017 7:04 PM

The NBA has announced the 2017 All-Star Game reserves as voted upon by the league's coaches.

Western Conference
Russell Westbrook
Klay Thompson
Draymond Green
DeMarcus Cousins
Marc Gasol
DeAndre Jordan
Gordon Hayward

Eastern Conference
Isaiah Thomas
John Wall
Kevin Love
Kyle Lowry
Paul George
Kemba Walker
Paul Millsap

- DeAndre Jordan, Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker are each first-time All-Stars.

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John Wall Voted Into All-Star Game As Reserve

Jan 26, 2017 1:40 PM

John Wall has been voted by the coaches to be an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve.

Wall will make his fourth appearance in the All-Star Game.

Wall is averaging 23.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 10.1 assists, which ranks third in the league. 

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Aaron Gordon To Participate In 2017 Dunk Contest

Jan 25, 2017 3:07 PM

Aaron Gordon will compete in the 2017 Slam Dunk Contest.

Gordon was the runner-up last year in an epic final with Zach LaVine.

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid Headline 2017 Rising Stars Challenge

Jan 25, 2017 2:02 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid headline the 2017 Rising Stars Challenge.

Embiid was in the 2014 draft class but is in his rookie season.

The U.S. Team roster consists of Devin Booker, Malcolm Brogdon, Marquese Chriss, Brandon Ingram, Frank Kaminsky, Jahlil Okafor, D'Angelo Russell, Jonathon Simmons, Towns and Myles Turner.

The World Team roster consists of Embiid, Dante Exum, Buddy Hield, Nikola Jokic, Trey Lyles, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jamal Murray, Kristaps Porzingis, Domantas Sabonis and Dario Saric.

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Glenn Robinson III To Participate In Dunk Contest
Glenn Robinson III has 11 dunks this season in just under 1,000 minutes.

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