The LeBron James saga will end Thursday night on ESPN with a co-produced show between ESPN and James' management team.
ESPN's Stuart Scott will host "The Decision" from ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn. He will be joined by NBA analysts Michael Wilbon and Jon Barry.
There are a ton of moving parts in the development of this one-of-a-kind show. James will not be in Bristol for the announcement -- he will be speaking from a yet-to-be-determined site. His first interview will be a one-on-one with Jim Grey, who was hired by James and his management team.
There has been a documentary crew following James and his team during this entire free agency process, and there is a chance we could see some of that content integrated into the show.
Wilbon will have a chance to interview James after the initial interview with Grey. Then the ESPN NBA roundtable of Scott, Wilbon and Barry will question James about his choice. The network also will have reporters in Cleveland, Chicago, New York and Miami to give instant reactions.
Details for the show will be moving all day Thursday leading up to airtime.
Proceeds from "The Decision" will be donated to Boys & Girls Club of America in support of James' vision to construct basketball courts for children across the country. The program will be co-presented by University of Phoenix and Bing. Vitamin Water and McDonalds also will sponsor the program. In addition, Nike and Sprite are making contributions in support of the charitable initiative.
James and his marketing company, LRMR Marketing, were responsible for securing the sponsors for what should be an incredible made-for-TV event.
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