iHeartMedia’s Ruby Studio, DraftKings and KLUTCH Sports Group Debut Basketball Culture Podcast “Point Game with John Wall and C.J. Toledano”

Video podcast also available weekly on DraftKings YouTube Channel

Listen to the first episode now, HERE

NEW YORK – February 21, 2024 – Ruby, iHeartMedia’s branded studio dedicated to crafting meaningful, impactful and culturally relevant stories with partners, today teamed up with DraftKings and KLUTCH Sports Group to debut the new podcast “Point Game with John Wall and C.J. Toledano.” The weekly podcast will give an insider’s look at the league and the culture surrounding it. The series will launch today, February 21, 2024, and run for 16 weeks, spanning the remainder of the current 2023/2024 basketball season.

Every week, John Wall, five-time NBA All-Star and No. 1 pick in the 2010 Draft, will give his unique perspective on the hottest topics in the league and share incredible stories from his own experiences as a player. The show is co-hosted by writer, director, comedian, basketball Twitter personality and founder of Follow Through Studio, C.J. Toledano, who will bring his own hilarious takes while discussing the news all basketball fans – and insiders – are talking about. Each episode will also feature current and former basketball legends as well as A-list comedians who will bring their own views and takes to the mix.

“There are a lot of things that I’ve been through in my life that people don’t know - the stories both on and off the court and the connections I’ve made with people along the way,” said Wall. “I just love the game of basketball, and it's given me so much, so I am going to give you the real. I’m excited and grateful for this platform to share more of my journey and my story.”

“There’s not much in life that I love more than hanging out and talking basketball, so the fact that I get to do that with one of the game’s most legendary point guards is incredible,” said Toledano. “Also as a fan, I’m sort of tired of the usual talking heads so it’s going to be awesome chopping it up with a superstar who’s actually been in the league very recently. I just hope he doesn’t get annoyed by me asking what the Lakers should do every week.”

Point Game with John Wall and C.J. Toledano” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and will be available on the iHeartRadio app and all major podcast platforms beginning today, February 21, 2024 with new episodes each Tuesday. In addition to the weekly audio episode, a video podcast will be available on the DraftKings YouTube Channel. 

About John Wall

John Wall is a former NBA point guard. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, he started at the University of Kentucky as a freshman and was named 1st team All-American. Wall was chosen with the first overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, and was named 1st team All-Rookie. Wall was a five-time NBA All-Star, from 2014 to 2018, and was named to the All-NBA 3rd team in 2017. He last played in the NBA in 2023 for the Los Angeles Clippers. In 2016, Wall received the Stewart B. McKinney Award for his work to end homelessness after he donated $400,000 to Bright Beginnings. He is also a part owner of the South East Melbourne Phoenix, a team in the Australian NBL.  

About C.J. Toledano

C.J. Toledano is a writer, director, comedian, NBA Twitter personality and the founder of Follow Through Studio. Formerly, he was the Creative Director and host for House of Highlights and Bleacher Report. He was also a staff writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, ran creative for the Detroit Pistons with Funny or Die and most recently wrote and directed several Nike/Jordan series starring the likes of Giannis Antetonkoumpo, Sabrina Ionescu, Zion Williamson, and Jayson Tatum and the opening night spots for NBA on TNT starring Druski. As the face of Follow Through, you may also have seen him hosting NBA shows alongside the likes of Richard Jefferson, Adam Lefkoe and Taylor Rooks on assorted podcasts and shows such as NBA Twitter Live and Wake Up Basketball for Twitch. Lastly, he's a die-hard Lakers fan and thinks they should never trade Austin Reaves.  

About DraftKings

DraftKings Inc. is a digital sports entertainment and gaming company created to be the Ultimate Host and fuel the competitive spirit of sports fans with products that range across daily fantasy, regulated gaming and digital media. Headquartered in Boston and launched in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings is the only U.S.-based vertically integrated sports betting operator. DraftKings’ mission is to make life more exciting by responsibly creating the world’s favorite real-money games and betting experiences. DraftKings Sportsbook is live with mobile and/or retail sports betting operations pursuant to regulations in 26 states and in Ontario, Canada. The Company operates iGaming pursuant to regulations in five states and in Ontario, Canada under its DraftKings brand and pursuant to regulations in three states under its Golden Nugget Online Gaming brand. DraftKings’ daily fantasy sports product is available in 44 states, certain Canadian provinces, and the United Kingdom. DraftKings is both an official daily fantasy and sports betting partner of the NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, and UFC, as well as an official daily fantasy partner of NASCAR, an official sports betting partner of the NBA and an authorized gaming operator of MLB. In addition, DraftKings owns and operates both DraftKings Network and Vegas Sports Information Network (VSiN), to provide a multi-platform content ecosystem with original programming. DraftKings is committed to being a responsible steward of this new era in real-money gaming with a Company-wide focus on responsible gaming and corporate social responsibility.

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business -- iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings -- as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 500 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

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