Otis Birdsong joins Huffington Post’s Dave Hollander to tape first show

April 18, 2012

The NBRPA taped the first episode 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 later this month 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 welcomed NBRPA Vice President Otis Birdsong to the set in New York City for the show's initial taping on April 18. 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. Hollander was the Executive Producer, Creator and writer for Gate D, a hip, fast-paced variety show for young fans of the New Jersey Nets, which aired on Fox Sports New York in the late 1990s. Hollander was also Co-Creator of Album Covers on MTV2, featuring Dashboard Confessional, Michael Stipe, Guster and The Violent Femmes, 2004.

“I’m like a kid in a candy store,” Hollander said. “Colorful stories you just don’t hear anymore, super-honest and relevant commentary – there’s a huge audience of smart sports fans who want to hear from these guys.”

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 Birdsong, a four-time NBA All-Star and the first guard in NBA history to be paid $1 million per season.

"Holding Court a great media initiative for the NBRPA because of the awareness that it will bring to members and any issues they face," Birdsong said. "The show also allows both the public, and potential members, the opportunity to further understand what our organization is all about -- what our mission is and how we provide benefits to former players."

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 NBRPA will announce the first air date for Holding Court in the near future.