“NBA CROSSOVER” CULTURAL EXHIBITION TO SHOWCASE CONVERGENCE OF THE NBA AND POPULAR CULTURE

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“NBA CROSSOVER” CULTURAL EXHIBITION TO SHOWCASE CONVERGENCE OF THE NBA AND POPULAR CULTURE

– Free Exhibition in Shoreditch, London is Open to the Public from Oct. 28-30 –

LONDON, Oct. 19, 2016 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced “NBA Crossover,” a cultural exhibition in London displaying the convergence of the NBA and popular culture through the ages.  The free exhibition, a first of its kind for the league, will take place in Shoreditch from Oct. 28-30 and will feature appearances by two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and NBA Legend Steve Nash.

NBA Crossover will use interactive exhibits, video and imagery to showcase the relationship between the league, its players and fashion, music, film and entertainment.  Visitors will be able to journey back to the league’s early years and explore the many ways that the NBA has contributed to and been influenced by popular culture developments.

The exhibition will feature a music area that will showcase how basketball and the NBA have become synonymous with popular music and culture, influencing players and musicians alike.  A dedicated fashion section will highlight how NBA players have become fashion trendsetters, regularly appearing on magazine covers and attending fashion shows around the world.  Exhibits will also showcase the game’s influence on film and celebrity, demonstrating how the NBA seamlessly merges sports and entertainment. Visitors will also be able to play the recently launched NBA 2K17 game.

“We are excited to announce the league’s first NBA Crossover exhibition in partnership with NBA 2K17 Sports and Foot Locker,” said NBA EMEA Senior Vice President & Managing Director Benjamin Morel.  “The relationship between the NBA and popular culture extends far beyond the court and appeals to casual and devoted fans alike. This exhibition will capture the many ways that the league and its player have influenced – and been influenced by – trends in fashion, music, entertainment and more.”

“We are thrilled to be part of the first NBA Crossover,” said 2K Sports EMEA Vice President, Publishing, Murray Pannell.  “NBA 2K is a key franchise in our portfolio, and we are excited to showcase how the title has evolved over the years and to give basketball fans the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest iteration, NBA 2K17.”

“Basketball has been a way of life for me. From my earliest beginnings, playing on a playground through to performing on the biggest stage I am constantly reminded of the impact basketball has on everyday life,” said NBA Legend Steve Nash. “Basketball has its’ very own unique culture and NBA Crossover will illustrate how the worlds of sports and popular culture collide.”

NBA Crossover is located at Kachette, 347 Old St, London, EC1V 9LP and is open daily from 12-7 p.m.

NBA Crossover is in partnership with NBA 2K17 and Foot Locker, and is supported by Capital Xtra, GiveMeSport and New Era.

Fans in the UK can find more NBA information at www.NBA.com/UK, the league’s official online destination in the UK hosted on GiveMeSport.com, and on Facebook (NBA UK) and Twitter (@NBAUK).  Fans can also purchase all the latest NBA merchandise at www.NBAStore.eu.

About the NBA

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League.  The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2015-16 season featured 100 international players from 37 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com and the NBA App, which achieved record viewership and traffic during the 2015-16 season.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with more than one billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

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