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Ice Cube, and Allen Iverson formally announce the BIG3 (3-on-3 Professional Basketball League).

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I was just thinking now that BIG3 has 12 teams they could realistically expand their tour to 3 days per week. Going Friday, Saturday and Sunday with two games each day would be the most likely way to do that. Would allow the tour to visit more cities each season.

 

Buuuuuuut seeing that news about the ratings being low, maybe I should ease up a bit lol

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9 minutes ago, 4_tattoos said:

I was just thinking now that BIG3 has 12 teams they could realistically expand their tour to 3 days per week. Going Friday, Saturday and Sunday with two games each day would be the most likely way to do that. Would allow the tour to visit more cities each season.

 

Buuuuuuut seeing that news about the ratings being low, maybe I should ease up a bit lol

It is bad for a network telecast, but in terms of the BIG3's history, the number is on par with that they've traditionally done on broadcast TV.

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42 minutes ago, 4_tattoos said:

Buuuuuuut seeing that news about the ratings being low, maybe I should ease up a bit lol

 

I really do not dig the gimmick that this league and the PLL are using, of having teams not affiliated with cities. While I admire Paul Rabil for having started the PLL, I was a lot more interested in him when he was a member of the New York Lizards.

 

I'll watch the New York Empire (AUDL) and the New York Streets (NAL) well before any game in those sports featuring other teams, because the Empire and the Streets feel like they are (in a sense that I absolutely cannot rationally justify) mine. I know that teams supposedly representing cities is a stupid psychological ploy. But I admit that it works on me.

 

And, when I watch other teams, my perception of them as coming from particular cities does indeed influence how I think of them; I can get into Boston versus Atlanta much more easily than Chaos versus Chrome (even if I am emphasising the point by choosing the PLL's very stupidest namrs). 

 

To not have this city aspect in a league removes something intangible but essential, in my view. I wonder whether this perception is shared by other fans, and whether it accounts for the Big3's low television ratings.

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To each their own. I like both BIG3 and PLL having touring models. Not to mention the fans that attend the events really like it despite not having home teams to root for. Who's to say it's a bad idea when they both have loyal fans tuning in to watch and coming out to attend live.

 

Plus BIG3 is a senior league. Does it really need it's teams limited to just 12 cities? Spread the love, every city deserves to see Cutino Mobley in all his gray haired glory lol.

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Early on Wednesday evening, the league sent out a major press release announcing that a number of stars would be deactivated for the remainder of the season. Citing a need to "maximize competition, protect the health of players and raise the level of professionalism," Baron Davis, Bonzi Wells, Lamar Odom and Jermaine O'Neal will all miss the remainder of the season.  In addition, Glen "Big Baby" Davis will face a significant fine for his actions during last weekend's games. 

https://www.cbssports.com/big3/news/big-3-announces-baron-davis-lamar-odom-among-others-deactivated-for-rest-of-season-big-baby-davis-faces-significant/

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I’m sitting here watching the Bivouac vs 3 Headed Monsters. This is the first Big 3 game I’ve watched. I don’t know which is worse: the level of play, or the overwhelming apathy in the crowd shots. Oof.

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Front Office Sports profiled the Big3 today.

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The BIG3 is drawing crowds of around 10,000 fans per game this season. But well off from its average of 14,000 last season. And still down from averaging 11,500 during its first season in 2017.

 

The young league also raised eyebrows by “deactivating” ex-NBA stars Baron Davis, Bonzi Wells, Lamar Odom and Jermaine O’Neal for the remainder of this season, while fining Glen “Big Baby” Davis for an on-court tantrum. O’Neal was a special case: He has a heart condition. But the other three were either hurt or not playing. 

 

The NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL all ruthlessly jettison former stars who can’t bring it any more. If BIG3’s going to survive, it has to take the same bottom line approach, according to Kwatinetz, the league’s chief executive officer. 

 

“They weren’t contributing. And ultimately this is a professional, competitive league,” he said in an interview with Front Office Sports. “People want to win. The coaches and players of these teams? They want to win.”

 

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Kwatinetz thinks ticket sales will rebound. BIG3 attendance tend to accelerate over the course of a season, he said. But making live games more affordable for families is one reason why the league teamed with sponsor Adidas to offer half-priced tickets, and reduced service fees, the rest of this season. 

 

This year, the league also switched TV partners, moving to CBS/CBS Sports Network from Fox Sports/FS1. 

 

Over recent weekends, BIG3 games averaged a 0.5 rating on the CBS broadcast network. That’s not great. But close to the 0.7 rating and 1 million viewers it drew for its second championship game in 2018.

 

The deal with CBS is only for the 2019 season. But Kwatinetz is thrilled to be in business with CBS, America’s most-watched TV network.

 

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Well, the game rules will change completely for next season.  They will be playing less of a game similar to FIBA/Olympic 3-on-3 and will move to Fireball3 to appeal to more youth.

 

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BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz commented, “Our appeal is young and more diverse and we needed to eliminate confusion to help fans understand what to expect from our on-court product.  Our sport has already proven to be the freshest and most exciting in decades, attracting fans around the globe and major sponsors including Adidas and others.”

“We’ve needed the freedom to keep innovating without potential new fans thinking it was typical 3-on-3.  Plus, we didn’t want our deep love and respect for the NBA to be misinterpreted by our use of different rules,” added Ice Cube. “We could never compete with the NBA any more than we could compete with the NFL or FIFA.  We are the BIG3, our own unique thing.  But that doesn’t mean FIREBALL3 can’t coexist with these sports and still be many fans’ favorite sport.”
 

“We’re going to keep growing, keep building and keep putting the best athletes on the court. We hope that one day FIREBALL3 will be an Olympic sport too,” stated Ice Cube.

The BIG3 will bring the very best to fans in the upcoming season with a number of enhancements and exciting on-court innovations:

  • Lowering Minimum Age – The BIG3 will lower the minimum age to qualify for athletes from 27 to 22 with younger exceptions in hardship cases.
  • Bring the Fire – Once per half, a team can challenge a foul call resulting in an in-game one-on-one possession with the victor winning the call.
  • All Athletes Welcome – The BIG3 will hold open tryouts for athletes to qualify for the BIG3 combine. Professional basketball experience no longer required. The BIG3 wants the best athletes in the world regardless of sporting experience.  In the same manner as the NFL takes the best from various sports, this could mean two-sport athletes, overlooked basketball stars, and some athletes choosing FIREBALL3 over other sports (i.e. NFL tight ends).
  • Festivals Every Saturday – Following the thrill and success of BIG3 Ballout in Dallas last season, the BIG3 will host sports and entertainment festivals in a different city every Saturday during the summer.  The BIG3 will present six straight games, musical performances, and host YOUNG3 clinics in the local community the Friday before, as well as other weekend events in the city.
  • The FIREBALL – The league will use a new all red ball known as a FIREBALL.

The new sport is the result of game innovations, unique rules, and league policies introduced by the BIG3 over its first three seasons, including:

  • Single Foul Shots – All shooting fouls in the BIG3 result in a single free-throw worth the number of points for the attempted field goal. If a player is fouled on a two-point field goal, he will shoot from the foul line for a chance at two points. In the BIG3, three-point foul shots are taken from the three-point line at the top of the key and four-point foul shots are taken from the center four-point circle. 
  • 14-Second Shot Clock – All possessions in the BIG3 have a 14-second shot clock.
  • 4-Point Shot – Players have the option to pull up from three circles 30-feet from the basket for a four-point shot. A shooter needs just one foot touching the circle for the four-point shot to count.
  • Coach Challenges: BIG3 coaches are given one challenge per game to review clearing, 3 and 4-point shots, out-of-bounds violations, and goaltending violations. If a coach wins the challenge, they get one more challenge to use during the game.
  • Player Empowerment – BIG3 players are encouraged by management to be themselves and let their personalities shine on the court and on social media. Players serve as team General Managers in charge of drafting, trades, lineups along with coaching staff.
  • League Mental Health Policy – The BIG3 has a robust policy supporting our players, coaches, and staff in many situations.
  • CBD – The BIG3 encourages player choice in the use of CBD for recovery.

 

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Figured once the BIG3 became a little more popular, they'd significantly lower the minimum age and/or get rid of the previous pro basketball requirement.

 

I wonder what the talent level of the younger players trying out for the league this year will be? You'd have to think there will be a lot of guys that played college ball that didn't get drafted/signed by an NBA team showing up at those tryouts. Besides The Basketball Tournament, does any other men's pro league run during the summer months?

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1 hour ago, 4_tattoos said:

Figured once the BIG3 became a little more popular, they'd significantly lower the minimum age and/or get rid of the previous pro basketball requirement.

 

I wonder what the talent level of the younger players trying out for the league this year will be? You'd have to think there will be a lot of guys that played college ball that didn't get drafted/signed by an NBA team showing up at those tryouts. Besides The Basketball Tournament, does any other men's pro league run during the summer months?

There are numerous Pro-Am leagues across the country.

L.A. has the Drew League and one in Venice. Drew is in its third decade.

The San Francisco Pro-Am has been around for 40 years.

DC has the Goodman League.

Jamal Crawford runs one in Seattle.

Atlanta has the AEBL.

New York has the Nike PRO City NYC.

 

 

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