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Turner Sports renews contracts of Barkley, Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Smith

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MUMBAI: Turner Sports has signed multi-year extension deals for each member of TNT’s Inside the NBA studio show.

The show is the recipient of 13 Sports Emmy Awards and will continue to offer fans its dynamic combination of basketball insight and analysis, entertainment and social commentary with its team comprising host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal.

“We truly believe Inside the NBA is among the best studio shows of all time and a large part of its success is due to the unrivaled chemistry between Ernie, Charles, Kenny and Shaquille. We’re looking forward to continuing the creativity and pioneering spirit behind the show for a very long time,” said Turner Sports president Lenny Daniels.

TNT’s Inside the NBA has continued to increase in popularity through the years, becoming appointment viewing for both the hardcore basketball fan and casual sports fans alike, while also pulling in the casual television viewer.The content of the show – including popular re-occurring segments such as “EJ’s Neat-O Stat of the Night,” “Gone Fishin’” and “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” among others – often transcends sport, mixing into the pop culture domain.In doing so, the show’s passionate fan base regularly cause Inside the NBA to “go viral” through the sharing of its top moments across a growing number of social media platforms.

Johnson, a three-time Sports Emmy Award winner, is currently in his 26th year as a studio host for Turner’s NBA telecasts.

Barkley, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and two-time Sports Emmy Award winner, is in his 16th year as studio analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA.

Smith, a two-time NBA champion, is in his 18th year as studio analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA.

O’Neal, a four-time NBA champion and 15-time NBA All-Star, joined TNT’s Inside the NBA studio team in 2011 following a 19-year NBA career.

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