Stoudemire to Appear on "Wheel of Fortune"
Culver City, CA – Phoenix Suns forward Amaré Stoudemire and several other NBA stars, WNBA players and NBA legends will team up with America’s favorite game show, when they appear on Wheel of Fortune's NBA Week, it was announced today by Wheel of Fortune and the NBA. The shows will be taped on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It is scheduled to air during the week of November 17-21, 2003 in national syndication (check local listings for station and time).
Hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White will cheer on the 15 players who each will be partnered with a fan from their team’s city. The fans will be playing for cash and one-of-a-kind NBA-themed prizes. The NBA and WNBA stars will be playing for their favorite charities. Three player/contestant teams will be featured each night. Suns forward Tom Gugliotta participated on Wheel of Fortune’s NBA Week during the 1999-2000 season.
Current NBA stars scheduled to appear include Stoudemire, Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), Steve Francis (Houston Rockets), Jalen Rose (Chicago Bulls), Michael Finley (Dallas Mavericks), Allan Houston (New York Knicks), Derek Fisher (Los Angeles Lakers), Brad Miller (Sacramento Kings) and Malik Rose (San Antonio Spurs). NBA legends scheduled to play include Julius “Dr. J” Erving (Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets), Walt Frazier (New York Knicks), Bill Walton (NBA legend and current NBA on ABC and ESPN announcer) and James Worthy (Los Angeles Lakers). WNBA players set to appear include Teresa Weatherspoon (New York Liberty) and Sue Bird (Seattle Storm).
“NBA Week provides a great opportunity to team some of the most popular athletes in the world with the most popular game show in the world," said Wheel of Fortune Executive Producer Harry Friedman. "It's also wonderful that we are able to help raise a significant amount of money for a variety of great charities."
The contestant from the team with the week's highest total winnings will be the envy of basketball fans everywhere, as he or she will win some very special themed prizes, courtesy of the NBA, including a trip for four to the 2004 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles with VIP access to NBA All-Star 2004 Events. They will also win NBA memorabilia provided by Upper Deck Authenticated, NBA apparel by Reebok and a DirecTV package, including an NBA League Pass subscription.
Additional special prizes featured on NBA Week will be:
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Wheel of Fortune is the #1 program in the history of syndicated television, and, this year, it marks its 21st season in syndication. It is seen by 18 million viewers each evening in the U.S. and 100 million weekly viewers worldwide. Wheel of Fortune is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, and distributed worldwide by King World Productions, Inc.