Big3 planning reality-TV-style tournament

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  • Eric WoodyardESPN

The Big3 basketball league is working to launch — under quarantine — a reality-show-style 3-on-3 tournament.

“We’ve been working on safety issues to make sure we can do this responsibly,” Big3 executive Jeff Kwatinetz told Marc Spears of The Undefeated. “We’ve made a lot of headway since last week and are hoping to move this forward as people need sports and entertainment to get them through hard times.”

Kwatinetz and Big3 co-founder Ice Cube have been negotiating with a high-profile television partner to air the show.

Yahoo Sports first reported the Big3’s plans.

“It’s Big Brother meets Big3,” Ice Cube told Spears. “If we can do it in a safe and responsible manner, we will.”

According to the Yahoo Sports report, the preseason event would feature seven rounds of games, take place in Los Angeles and include 16 to 22 players who have tested negative for the coronavirus. Players would be under isolation in a large house with a basketball court, the report said, citing sources.

In January, the league announced some major changes, including playing a new sport known as FIREBALL3 as the result of game innovations. The Big3 has also lowered its minimum age for qualifying athletes from 27 to 22.

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