Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Happy anniversary to YOU! NTN Buzztime and 25 Years of Sports

I first saw this press release early this morning. Of course, we all knew something was up, based on the tweets from NTN Buzztime's Mary Campbell a/k/a @BuzztimeGirl. But I was neglectful in following up on her tweets (bad me), even though she's been tweeting the http://www.buzztime.com/25yos URL for about a week now.

One interesting part of the 25 Years of Sports promotion is that during the first round, you don't have to go to a bar/restaurant to compete. You can compete at the buzztime.com website, via the mobile website, or in a bar/restaurant. But if you play at a bar/restaurant, you get ten times as many points. However, the online availability helps to evangelize the existence of the games.

And in the final rounds, the Sports Legends and Poker Pros get into the act. Now I don't know poker (the one time I played Texas Hold'Em on the Buzztime network, I quickly went into the red), but I know my sports legends. Some of the names they've announced include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Troy Aikman, Jim Brown, Mike Ditka, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Bobby Hull, Reggie Jackson, and many more.

The press release:

NTN Buzztime, Inc. to Celebrate 25 Years of Sports With a North American Trivia Competition

Avid sports fans compete for opportunity to play against sport legends

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a first-of-its-kind multi-platform tournament, NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NTN) is giving sports fans the chance to live out a true sports fantasy with Buzztime's 25 Years of Sports trivia game. Sports enthusiasts across the country will compete in a sports trivia-themed competition featuring an unprecedented $250,000 in prizes.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080331/CLM183LOGO)

During the competition's three-week qualifying tournament, July 13-31, players will compete in Buzztime's 25 Years of Sports Trivia game online (www.buzztime.com), via mobile or within its network of bars and restaurants across North America to earn the necessary qualifying points to advance. Contestants earn 10 times as many qualifying points for playing at Buzztime's network of bars and restaurants.

In the first round, players earn qualifying points to be a part of a three-night network-wide grand prize event, being held on August 12-14, exclusively at Buzztime hospitality locations across North America. The final event will see the continent split into four regions. The highest scorer in each region, each night, plus two wild-card winners nationally each night, will earn the opportunity to compete in a variety of events with 25 of the hottest names in sports at the one-of-a-kind Sports Legends Challenge.

Those 18 lucky players will be awarded the trip of a lifetime to attend the Sports Legends Challenge held September 14-17, 2009 at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Sports Legends Challenge gives sports fans the chance to compete with and against 25 of the greatest Sports Legends of our time, including Troy Aikman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Richard Petty, Sugar Ray Leonard, and many more. The event will also feature 25 of the world's top Poker Pros, including Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke, Johnny Chan and others. The Sports Legends, Poker Pros and participants will compete in Texas Hold 'Em, Blackjack, Slots, Golf and more for up to $10,000,000 in prize money.

"This is a huge milestone for Buzztime as it's the first time we've held this type of cross-platform promotion. Our players, current and new, will get to compete online, via mobile and in our restaurant and bar locations," said Buzztime's CEO Terry Bateman. "After the final event in our bars and restaurants, the lucky winners are sure to have an unforgettable experience in the Bahamas when they get to play alongside the Sports Legends they've long admired."

About NTN Buzztime, Inc

NTN Buzztime, Inc., a leader in interactive entertainment for 25 years, is based in Carlsbad, CA. Buzztime is distributed in-home and out-of-home across broadband platforms including online, mobile, satellite TV and in approximately 3,800 restaurants, sports bars and pubs throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.buzztime.com.

Buzztime is a proud member of the OVAB |Out-of-home Video Advertising Bureau.

Buzztime is a registered trademark of Buzztime Entertainment, Inc. and Playmaker is a registered trademark of NTN Buzztime, Inc.

Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management's current views of future events and operations including but not limited to trends in subscriber and player preference and engagement and results of marketing strategies. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include risks associated with our recent management transition, our significant losses, our ability to grow our out-of-home Buzztime iTV network and implement our other business strategies, the risk of changing economic conditions, failure of product demand or market acceptance of both existing and new products and services and the impact of competitive products and pricing. Please see NTN Buzztime, Inc.'s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks that may affect the Company. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements speak only as of the date hereof, and NTN Buzztime, Inc. does not undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.

Carrie Shields, Bailey Gardiner

SOURCE NTN Buzztime, Inc.

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