BIG3 Basketball’s Second Season Airs Live Friday Nights on FOX & FS1
NEW YORK, NY – Following a competitive and engaging inaugural season of the BIG3, FOX Sports today announces fundamental changes to its presentation of the professional 3-on-3 basketball league. In 2018, the BIG3’s ten-week season will be broadcast live on Friday nights, with six windows on FS1 and four windows on the FOX broadcast network.
“Following the success of FOX Sports’ live broadcast of last season’s BIG3 championship game, we knew we wanted to expand that live access for basketball fans throughout the season,” said FOX Sports President, Production and Executive Producer John Entz. “We’re thrilled to continue to grow our partnership with the BIG3, and we look forward to another season of exciting basketball with some of the most recognized athletes in the game.”
Each week, the BIG3 will play four games back-to-back on Friday evenings, three of which will be broadcast live by FOX Sports and streamed concurrently on FOX Sports GO.
The league tips off on Friday, June 22 on FS1 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM ET. The BIG3 will then travel to nine additional cities throughout the summer, concluding with playoff rounds and the championship matchup airing in the season’s final two weeks on FOX.
FOX Sports’ BIG3 broadcast schedule is as follows:
|Date||Network & Platform||Time (ET)|
|Fri., June 22||FS1 & FSGO||7:30 – 10:30 PM|
|Fri., June 29||FOX & FSGO||8:00 – 11:00 PM|
|Fri., July 6||FOX & FSGO||8:00 – 11:00 PM|
|Fri., July 13||FS1 & FSGO||7:00 – 10:00 PM|
|Fri., July 20||FS1 & FSGO||8:00 – 11:00 PM|
|Fri., July 27||FS1 & FSGO||8:00 – 11:00 PM|
|Fri., Aug. 3||FS1 & FSGO||8:00 – 11:00 PM|
|Fri., Aug. 10||FS1 & FSGO||8:00 – 11:00 PM|
|Fri., Aug. 17 (Playoff Rounds)||FOX & FSGO||8:00 – 11:00 PM|
|Fri., Aug. 24 (Championship Match)||FOX & FSGO||8:00 – 10:00 PM|
Co-founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, the BIG3 had an incredibly successful inaugural season, attracting attention from media, fans and celebrities thanks to an impressive roster of basketball superstars and a highly competitive level of 3-on-3 basketball. The league recently announced the return of nearly all first season talent – including 2017 BIG3 Champions Trilogy’s Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington, Rashad McCants, Dion Glover, James White and coach Rick Mahorn, and 2017 BIG3 MVP Rashard Lewis and his 3 Headed Monsters teammates Kwame Brown and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Also returning are captains, co-captains and coaches Corey Maggette, Chauncey Billups, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton, Brian Scalabrine, Stephen Jackson, DerMarr Johnson, Jermaine O’Neal, Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, Josh Childress, Cuttino Mobley, Jerome Williams, Bonzi Wells, George Gervin, Charles Oakley, Allen Iverson and Rick Barry. Twenty-five players from the inaugural season have signed up for the draft pool including DeShawn Steven, Xavier Silas, Derrick Byars and Andre Owens among others.
For the 2018 season, BIG3 has announced expanded rosters and that each team would add an additional co-captain. Killer 3s made the first move of the off season, adding Metta World Peace who will play under his former name, Ron Artest. Additional co-captain signings are expected to follow.
SOURCE: FOX Sports