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Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated To Host Star-Studded 2016 Sportsperson Of The Year Celebration At Barclays Center, Brooklyn, On December 12

Event Presented by SI and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment to Honor Year’s Biggest Names in Sports and Culture

Nov 11, 2016

(NEW YORK, NY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016)—Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) Sports Illustrated (SI) and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) will bring the annual Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year awards celebration to Barclays Center on Monday, December 12, 2016. For the first time ever, SI will open the event to fans on a limited basis by offering exclusive VIP packages.

The star-studded affair will honor the 2016 SI Sportsperson of the Year winner, along with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award recipient, the SI Kids SportsKid of the Year selection and other top names and moments from the year in sports. The evening will include a special awards dinner and ceremony with tributes to some of the world’s most legendary athletes, live musical performances and a VIP red carpet entrance featuring celebrities of sports and entertainment. Sports Illustrated is set to live stream coverage from the event on its digital platforms.

“December 12 will be the biggest, most ambitious Sportsperson event in SI's 62-year history, and we are both thrilled and honored to bring such a crown jewel event to Brooklyn and one of the premier venues in all of sports,” said Sports Illustrated Group Editorial Director Chris Stone. “It has been a historic year in sports, many times over, and we eagerly anticipate capturing the magic of 2016 by bringing together a group of figures at Barclays Center who represent the highest ideals of sport."

A limited number of VIP seats and table packages for the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year celebration can be reserved today through Quint Events by visiting quintevents.com/SportspersonVIP. Guests in attendance will enjoy exclusive access and benefits to high-profile festivities throughout the evening, including a VIP red carpet entrance to Barclays Center, a pre-show VIP reception, drink service during the event and a VIP after party with live music. SI has also teamed up with the comedy company JASH to produce the Sportsperson event.

“We are thrilled to bring the Sportsperson of the Year awards to Barclays Center and, for the first time, to provide fans with the unique opportunity to experience the event in person,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “It’s been an extraordinary year in sports, and there will be much to celebrate as the nation’s best athletes are recognized for their many impressive achievements.”

Presented annually since 1954, the SI Sportsperson of the Year award is bestowed upon the athlete, team or coach who transcended the year in sports by achieving the highest level of athletic excellence while demonstrating the ideals of sportsmanship. The 2015 selection, tennis superstar and global icon Serena Williams, was honored at the Sportsperson event last December, which was also attended by her sisters and mother, actor Will Smith and legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, who was presented with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award by Lonnie Ali. Other attendees to the annual ceremony in recent years include former Sportsperson of the Year recipients Madison Bumgarner, Peyton Manning, LeBron James, Mike Krzyzewski, Pat Summitt, Drew Brees, Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky, Sugar Ray Leonard and Chris Evert, along with honorees and presenters such as Magic Johnson, Former President Bill Clinton and league commissioners Adam Silver and Rob Manfred.

The event is sponsored by Symetra. More announcements about the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year award winners and celebration will follow in the days leading up to the event. Stay up to date on the latest news at: SI.com/sportsperson

Details are subject to change.

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About The Sports Illustrated Group 
Time Inc.'s Sports Illustrated is the preeminent journalistic enterprise covering the world of sports both on and off the field. Debuting in 1954, SI has garnered worldwide acclaim for its award-winning storytelling born from an independent voice and for its unparalleled access to the most popular athletes and newsmakers from the sports world. This is the underpinning of the franchise, which now boasts a group of best-in-class consumer products and platforms reaching more than 73 million. The Sports Illustrated Group features the most-read sports magazine, a top 10 sports digital network and marquee franchises--Sports Illustrated Films, TheMMQB.com, the FanSided Network of sites and apps, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Sportsperson of the Year, the SI Golf Group (Golf magazine, Golf.com, SI Golf +), Extra Mustard, The Crossover and Sports Illustrated Kids. For more information, visit SI.com and follow @SINow on Twitter, @SportsIllustrated on Instagram and Facebook and SI_mag on Snapchat. 

 

About Time Inc. 
Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading content company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through our portfolio of premium brands across platforms. By combining our distinctive content with our proprietary data and people-based targeting, we offer highly differentiated end-to-end solutions to marketers across the multimedia landscape. Our influential brands include People, Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom. Time Inc.has been extending the power of our brands through various acquisitions and investments, including Viant, an advertising technology firm with a specialized people-based marketing platform, The Foundry, Time Inc.’s creative lab and content studio, and the People Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). The company is also home to celebrated franchises and events, such as the Time 100, Fortune Most Powerful Women, People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, the Essence Festival and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. 

 

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment 
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented by New York Community Bank, and manages and controls the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and its Development League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL's New York Islanders. Barclays Center, which opened on September 28, 2012, offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express. The New Coliseum Presented by NYCB, scheduled to reopen April 5, 2017 after extensive renovation, will offer 13,000 seats for hockey, 13,500 for basketball, and 14,500 for concerts, with the ability to flex up. The bowl will have a theater seating option for 4,000 guests. With a focus on emerging businesses, BSE identifies and creates alliances, strategic partners and other business opportunities to ensure the success of its assets. For additional information, please visit Brooklynse.com. 

 

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