Despite the NBA currently being on a 30-day hiatus, hoops fan may have something to watch as soon as April. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported Thursday that the BIG3 is planning to create a “quarantined, reality show-style three-on-three tournament” in April to help fill the void in sports that has been affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Haynes states that the BIG3 league founders, hip-hop icon Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz have “been having ongoing conversations with multiple TV networks since late last week to broadcast the tournament, which is expected to also garner international interest.”
The concept of the preseason tournament would feature between 16 to 22 players from the BIG3 who have been tested negative for COVID-19.
Participating players would be quarantined in a large home in Los Angeles, featuring a basketball court on site. If a player breaks quarantine and leaves at any point during the tournament, he would be automatically disqualified from the tournament and "removed from the premises."
“As long as we can protect the players, which we will do through proper testing and quarantine, Ice Cube and I feel we can give fans some safe, entertaining brand of basketball to get everyone through this pandemic,” Kwatinetz told Yahoo Sports.
“Cube and I have been in the entertainment business for 30 years. This is our job. People want to be entertained with all we’re going through and enjoy our sports. We think this will help.”
In addition to the games being captured by a production crew offsite, cameras would follow the players' daily lives for added storylines.
After three losses, a player would be eliminate. Cash prizes would be awarded to the players that finish in first, second, and third place.
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