BET Networks Announces the 1st Annual “Players’ Awards” Premiere Date Tuesday, July 21st at 8:00 P.M.*

Along with successful film and

television divisions which include breakout network hits “Salem”, “Royal

Pains” and “Wilfred,” the company’s music division boasts such clients

as Ice Cube, Azealia Banks, Eden xo, and P.O.D. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the

nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and

public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. Serving as

Executive Producers from the National Basketball Players Association are

Chris Paul, NBPA President, Roger Mason Jr., NBPA Deputy Executive

Director, and Jordan Schlachter, NBPA Chief Marketing Officer along with

Prospect Park.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BET Networks in partnership with the National Basketball Players

Association (NBPA) announces Tuesday, July 21st as the

premiere date for the 1st Annual “Players’ Awards”. The first

inaugural show will tape at the historic Penn & Teller Theater in the

Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on Sunday, July 19th.

To apply for media credentials for the “Players’ Awards” please email: mediacredentials@bet.net

ABOUT NBPA

Clutch Performer:

Stephen Curry

James

Harden

LeBron James

Russell Westbrook

Player You Secretly Wish was On Your Team:

Stephen

Curry

Anthony Davis

Tim Duncan

LeBron James

ABOUT BET NETWORKS

Hardest to Guard

Stephen Curry

James

Harden

LeBron James

Russell Westbrook

ABOUT DON MISCHER PRODUCTIONS

Best Rookie

Jordan Clarkson

Zach

LaVine

Elfrid Payton

Andrew Wiggins

Prospect Park is a multi-faceted entertainment company working in music,

film and television, and sports.

The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can

be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom

and sub-Saharan Africa. Not only will the show have NBA star

power, but will also feature performances by the hottest musical artists

including renowned sports enthusiast and multi-platinum recording artist

Lil Wayne.

Stephen G. and the highly

successful independent record label, Prospect Park Records.

Most Valuable Player:

Stephen

Curry

James Harden

LeBron James

Russell Westbrook

ABOUT PROSPECT PARK

Global Impact Player

Pau Gasol

Kyrie

Irving

Dirk Nowitzki

Tony Parker

Best Home Court Advantage

AT&T

Center (San Antonio)

Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City)

Moda

Center (Portland)

Oracle Arena (Golden State)

For more information about “The Players’ Awards” visit

BET.com/playersawards.

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for

current professional basketball players in the National Basketball

Association (NBA). For more information,

go to www.nbpa.com.

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. Helmed by legendary

producer and director Don Mischer, along with partners Charlie Haykel

and Juliane Hare, DMP’s credits range from We Are One: The Obama

Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, The Primetime Emmy

Awards, and the Academy Awards; to Super Bowl Halftime shows (Prince,

The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen), the Billboard

Music Awards, and the Opening Ceremonies of both the Winter and Summer

Olympic Games.

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The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) decided to launch the

1st Annual “Players’ Awards” due to the overwhelming response

from its members and all categories have been voted by the NBA’s active

players.

The star-studded event will feature appearances by top NBA players

including members on the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)

Executive Committee – Chris Paul, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Andre

Iguodala and Anthony Tolliver. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s

Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, and Don Mischer Productions

will serve as Executive Producers for the “Players’ Awards”. BET is the dominant African-American consumer

brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading

Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news;

Centric, the first network dedicated to Black women; BET Digital

Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for

cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection

of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and

video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management

and production company with festivals and live events spanning the

globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for

wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the

United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for

global distribution.

Best Defender

Tony Allen

Jimmy

Butler

Anthony Davis

DeAndre Jordan

Coach You Most Want to Play For

Mike

Budenholzer

Rick Carlisle

Steve Kerr

Greg Popovich

The complete list of the “Top Voted Players” for the “Players’ Awards”

are (names are listed in alphabetical order):

Don Mischer Productions (DMP) has consistently sought out to produce

programs that share the best of human experience, whether it be through

the work of our most acclaimed artists, the celebration of our greatest

monuments or the world’s most watched events. Established in 1954, the NBPA mission is to ensure

that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable

measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and

achieving their goals, both on and off the court