*10-Time All-Star to Serve as Host for Championship of $2 Million Winner-Take-All Tourney*
*Championship Game Thursday, August 3 at 7:00pm ET Live on ESPN*
*TBT Midwest Region will be hosted by Bradley University*
*Other Regional Events to be Held in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Charlotte*
(BOSTON, MA – March 31, 2017) – The Basketball Tournament (TBT) announced today that 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony will serve as host for this summer’s championship in Baltimore, having played an active role in bringing the popular tournament’s championship to his hometown following two years in New York. The semi-finals and finals of the $2 Million, winner-take-all tournament will take place August 1-3 at Coppin State University in Baltimore. ESPN networks will broadcast all TBT games live, culminating with the championship game on Thursday, August 3 at 7:00 pm ET.
“After years of watching TBT, I decided to get involved. It’s a tournament for people to live out their basketball dreams and that’s exciting to me. I’m a believer in chasing after your dreams no matter what. And that’s what this tournament symbolizes to me,” said Carmelo. “In addition, bringing an event of this magnitude to Baltimore is a great credit to the vision and hard work of both my and the TBT teams. Baltimore will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to bring a tournament like this to this city. Basketball and Baltimore go hand in hand. The perfect match. A city that is all about determination. A city that helped build me.”
“We are excited Carmelo recognizes the vision of TBT and are proud to have grown into an event that impacts communities so positively,” said Jon Mugar, Founder and CEO of TBT. “The excitement level of a basketball game with $2 Million on the line is off the charts, and we’re looking forward to a great crowd in Baltimore getting to experience it with us.”
TBT features 64 teams of top professional, college alumni, and international basketball players competing in a single-elimination 5-on-5 tournament for a winner-take-all $2 Million prize. All 63 games will air on ESPN networks, beginning Saturday, July 8.
The 2017 regional competitions – during which teams will begin their quest to reach the Championship in Baltimore – will be held in:
. South – Queens University of Charlotte, N.C. from July 8-9;
. Northeast – Philadelphia University from July 8-9;
. West – Desert Oasis in Las Vegas from July 15-16; and
. Midwest – Bradley University from July 15-16
The highly-competitive tournament has attracted some of the best basketball in the world. In 2016, 63 recent NBA players competed, and 20 teams were composed of alumni from Division I programs including Villanova, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan State, and Memphis. Overseas Elite, a team put together by a CAA agent consisting of his clients, won for the second year in a row.
Entry into TBT is free, with an application period that runs from April 1, 2017 through June 1, 2017. Teams compete for spots in the tournament by soliciting votes from fans and supporters via social media. Applicants must be 18 or older and willing to forego their amateur status. For more information, visit www.TheTournament.com.