*The NBA is about to have its own award show.
In addition to annual MVP honors, the league’s Players Association has teamed with BET Networks to air the 1st Annual Basketball Player Awards, voted on by NBA’s active players.
The awards will tape in Las Vegas on July 10 to air exclusively on BET, with BET Productions and Prospect Park serving as producers. Awards will be presented in ten categories, including Most Valuable Player, Best Rookie, Man of the Year, and Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team.
“BET has established itself as a best in class presenter of awards shows and special events and we are thrilled that we’ll be working with the National Basketball Players Association to bring what will be a an incredible night of entertainment,” said Stephen G. Hill, President of Programming, BET Networks. “This will be a unique show and we are looking forward to being the only network to dedicate a night to recognizing and celebrating the league’s most exceptional and rising stars for their extraordinary abilities on the court.”
The awards come on the heels of the NBA Finals which saw the Golden State Warriors take the NBA crown over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and record ratings for ABC, with the Game 6 clincher the most-watched ever on the network since it began airing the finals in 2003.