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Chris Paul and Aaron Rodgers host golf tournament at Mohegan Sun

25 May 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Turner Sports and CAA Sports have partnered to create a two-day charity golf tournament, hosted by NBA superstar Chris Paul and NFL superstar Aaron Rodgers, and set to take place at Mohegan Sun Golf Club starting Wednesday, 27 June. “The State Farm Showdown” is open to the public and will feature NBA stars past and present facing off against NFL greats, all to benefit the players’ charities of choice. The action starts at 10 a.m. ET on 27 June and 11 a.m. on 28 June.

Turner Sports will provide multimedia coverage of the charity golf tournament, with Bleacher Report offering access to the NFL and NBA icons participating in the event through a variety of content offerings and top moments shared across its social platforms. Additionally, TNT will televise a one-hour, all-access show on Friday, 10 August, at 8 p.m. ET.

“I couldn’t be more excited for ‘The Showdown’ this summer,” said Rodgers. “While the NFL and NBA are home to many of the greatest athletes in the world, a golf course is an entirely different battlefield. I am extremely passionate about golf and look forward to assembling a team of the NFL’s top golfers to determine, once and for all, which league is truly top on the links.”

“Golf is a favorite sport of mine and I’m thrilled to be hosting this unique tournament where NBA and NFL athletes will trade the court and field for the green,” said Paul. “Competitiveness is essential in our respective sports and I look forward to competing alongside and against the best athletes while raising money for charity.”

“The State Farm Neighborhood of Good invites people to take action by turning caring into doing. We are proud to be working with Aaron Rodgers and Chris Paul as they, along with their Showdown teammates, give back to causes they care most about,” said Patty Morris, Brand Content Director, State Farm. “We hope people watching will take action and give back to causes they care about in their own communities.”

Mohegan Sun Golf Club, which was recently named one of the “best courses in New England” by Golfweek, is thrilled to host the star-studded affair at the beautiful Baltic, CT championship golf course. The first-of-its-kind charity golf tournament will feature a two-day competition, hosted by Paul and Rodgers and will follow a common international team format, with a group of current and past NFL greats going up against NBA all-stars and legends.

“To have two of the most talented and prominent professional athletes in the world organize a special golf tournament to benefit charities, be featured across Turner Sports’ platforms, and to have it all take place at Mohegan Sun Golf Club, is pretty special,” said Ray Pineault, President & General Manager of Mohegan Sun. “We’re very excited for the tournament and to see whether the NBA or NFL can put up a lower score at Mohegan Sun Golf Club.”

Tickets for “The State Farm Showdown” are available now at and via 1.800.745.3000, along with the Mohegan Sun Box Office, subject to availability. General admission is $20.00 on individual days and $30.00 for a two-day package. There are also “Triple Tee” VIP passes available, starting at $150.00 for guests 21 and over. The VIP passes allow access to exclusive viewing areas as well as unlimited food and open bar at two locations at Mohegan Sun Golf Club. More details can be found at: The State Farm Showdown

  • There is no on-site public parking at Mohegan Sun Golf Club for this golf tournament. Guests that purchase tickets will be able to take a free shuttle from Mohegan Sun’s group hotel area at Sky Tower. The shuttle will leave from Mohegan Sun starting at 8:30am on 27 June and 9:30am on 28 June, and returning to Mohegan Sun from the golf course starting at 5:00pm. Per each paying adult, their ticket gives access to up to two people under 17 to join them on the shuttle and experience the golf tournament.

Confirmed players in “The State Farm Showdown”:
  • Ray Allen: Former UConn legend and top three-point shooter in NBA history whose career spanned the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. Allen has two NBA championship rings (2008 & 2013)
  • Larry Fitzgerald: Longtime Arizona Cardinals receiver, named to 11 Pro Bowls since being drafted third overall in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh. Caught two touchdown passes in Super Bowl XLIII
  • Dell Curry: Father of Stephen Curry and a 16-year NBA veteran, he averaged nearly 12 points per game and was a sharp-shooter who hit 40% from behind the three-point line during his career
  • Patrick Peterson: A teammate of Fitzgerald on the Cardinals, one of the NFL’s top cover corners. Named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons since entering the league as a first round pick in 2011
  • JR Smith: Former NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 has also played with the New Orleans Hornets, Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks. Tabbed Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2013
  • Reggie Bush: Legendary USC running back and former NFL running back who ran for more than 1,000 yards for the Miami Dolphins in 2011 and crossed the mark again for the Detroit Lions in 2013
  • Kyle Korver: NBA All-Star in 2015 with the Atlanta Hawks, the veteran three-point marksman has also spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls and most recently the Cavaliers
  • Josh Scobee: Former NFL kicker played more than a decade with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers

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