NBRPA FAST BREAK: March 29, 2012

NBRPA FAST BREAK: News you can use!

March 29, 2012

NBRPA Members:
Have you logged on to the all new LegendsofBasketball.com and added your personal information to allow other members to interact with you? Have you checked out all of our programs and benefits online? Have you read all the latest news about our Association and your fellow members?

If you answered NO to any of these questions, we would like to help you access our exciting new web site. On April 18 at 5 p.m. Eastern, our web site partner – the Lightmaker Agency – will be conducting an online orientation session for NBRPA Members to learn about our new online tools. To RSVP for this exclusive, interactive webinar, please email Paul Corliss at pcorliss@legendsofbasketball.com and we will follow up with details on how to participate.

As part of our corporate transparency efforts, the NBRPA has added a new section to the “Members Only” area of LegendsofBasketball.com – GOVERNANCE. The new Governance section of our web site includes the NBRPA’s Corporate Bylaws, Chapter Manual, a list of all Board Members, Committee Members, Chapter Presidents and more. Beginning next month, we will also post approved minutes from Board of Directors meetings for members to review. To access the new GOVERNANCE page, CLICK HERE and log in to LegendsofBasketball.com

This section of our web site is only accessible by members so you must LOG IN in order to review. If you need assistance with logging in to the new web site, please email Paul Corliss at pcorliss@legendsofbasketball.com or sign up for the April 18 webinar.

As part of our ongoing public relations plan, NBRPA CEO Arnie D. Fielkow was profiled on TheBigLead.com – one of the 20 most-visited sports web sites in the world. To read this wide-ranging Q&A with Arnie, CLICK HERE.

Earlier this week, the NBRPA announced the launch of a new TV-style talk show that will air regularly on one of the most-visited news web sites in the world – the Huffington Post. Holding Court – presented by the NBRPA’s Legends of Basketball will debut in April, 2012 at HuffingtonPost.com – a web site and community that boasts more than 50 million users each month.

Holding Court will be hosted and co-produced by Huffington Post sports writer Dave Hollander, who will work in tandem with Paul Corliss of the NBRPA to put each program together. Hollander is the author of 52 WEEKS: Interviews with Champions! (The Lyons Press) – his collection of personal stories and stunningly candid interviews with fifty-two famous sports figures including Lawrence Taylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rickey Henderson, George Plimpton, Mariano Rivera, Steve Nash and John Wooden.

Holding Court will feature NBRPA Legends of Basketball in candid and lively sit-down interviews on camera with Hollander. The show will debut with Hollander’s interview of Otis Birdsong, a four-time NBA All-Star and the first guard in NBA history to be paid $1 million per season. Holding Court will air regularly on the Huffington Post and archived episodes will be available at the NBRPA’s official web site – LegendsofBasketball.com. According to eBizMBA.com, the Huffington Post is the sixth-most visited news web site in the world, with 54 million monthly users. Great Britain’s Observer – the oldest Sunday newspaper in the world – recently ranked the Huffington Post as the most powerful blog in the world.

The Legends of Basketball are hitting Broadway and raising funds for the NBRPA’s Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund. NBRPA Members, friends and basketball fans everywhere are invited to go inside one of the greatest rivalries in NBA History in New York City with a very special showing of the critically-acclaimed MAGIC/BIRD play at the Longacre Theatre on Thursday, April 19. Proceeds raised through this very special Broadway experience will help send former professional basketball players and their children to college through the DeBusschere Fund and will also raise funds for partner charity, Maccabi USA.

Tickets for NBRPA Members are reduced to just $125 (marked down from $500). To purchase tickets and support our own DeBusschere Fund, please call the NBRPA National Office at 312-913-9400.

Yours in basketball,

Arnie D. Fielkow


Paul Corliss
Senior Director of Communications & Special Projects

National Basketball Retired Players Association
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