The Big3 plans to launch a quarantined, reality show-style three-on-three tournament in April to help curb the nation’s appetite for basketball in the aftermath of the coronavirus sports hiatus.
The founders of the league — hip-hop icon and actor 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 preseason tournament will feature 16 to 22 players from The Big3 who are negative for the coronavirus, and they will be quarantined in Los Angeles.
Former NBA standouts such as Joe Johnson, Zach Randolph and Greg Oden could participate in the tournament, but many details are still being worked out.
To assure the league is operating under safe conditions, players will be quarantined in a large home provided by the league, sources said. A basketball court/facility will be built on site.
If a player breaks quarantine at any point during the tournament, he would be eliminated and removed from the premises.
The games and the players’ daily lives will be captured on camera for added drama and storylines.
The production crew would be stationed nearby but offsite from the players.
There would be seven rounds of games, with teammates reshuffling after the first round.
When a player accumulates three losses, he is eliminated. Cash prizes totaling millions of dollars will be awarded for first, second, and third-place individual winners.
“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,” Jeff 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.”
The Big3’s 2020 season is set to kick off on June 20 in Memphis until further notice.
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March Madness or The Big Dance is a single-elimination postseason playoff played round-by-round over a three-week period until a single champion is crowned.
The furious pace is full of upsets, buzzer beaters, rambunctious celebrations and also the inevitable heart wrenching losses.
Round 1, features teams from high and mid-major conferences at the top of the tournament bracket.
The lowest seed teams at the very bottom of the bracket are refer to as Cinderellas by the media and on many occasions, like in the Disney Story, a Cinderellawill get to dance with a Prince.
Before becoming a major basketball power house, the Gonzaga University Bulldogs used to be one of those Cinderellas teams.
The greatest boost to a Cinderella is known as Selection Sunday. It can set recruiting for their basketball programs for years because their teams will attract at least two or more players which were not highly recruited by Division I major basketball programs.
§ Round 2, thirty-two teams remain
§ Round 3, sixteen teams (dubbed the Sweet 16)
§ Round 4, eight teams (Elite Eight);
§ Round 5, four teams (Final Four)
§ And Round 6, two teams fight for the National Championship
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One of my fondest March Madness memories is the 1985 Villanova Wildcats winning the National Title, by beating the heavily favorite Georgetown Hoyas.
Growing up in Philly we use to watch the Wildcats play at the old Philadelphia Palestra and thanks to one of my Brothers, we got a chance to break bread with some of those guys.
The guy who impressed us the most was Eddie Pinckney.
Everyone called him Easy Ed because he always had smile on his face and seem to be in a good mood.
Pinckney went on to play in the NBA for twelve years and every time I saw him on television, I would smile myself, thinking back at the time when Easy Edand his Wildcats got the better of the Georgetown Hoyas in that title game.
Two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns in 2020 to wave the green flag as the Honorary Starter of the 62nd running of the DAYTONA 500.
Junior is NASCAR royalty and among all his great accomplishments, he won the DAYTONA 500 back in 2004 and again in 2014.
On February 16th, Earnhardt will join an exclusive group of superstars to wave the green flag for the DAYTONA 500, including award-winning actress Charlize Theron, Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Brett Favre, and many more!
The semi-retired, professional stock car racer driver’s Family Tree is more than impressive – and that’s an understatement, trust me!
He is a team owner, author, and an analyst for NASCAR on NBC.Junior competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for his team JR Motorsports.
He is the son of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall Of Fame.The grandson of NASCAR driver Ralph Earnhardt, brother of Kelley Earnhardt-Miller, half-brother of former driver Kerry Earnhardt, uncle of driver Jeffrey Earnhardt and the stepson of Teresa Earnhardt.