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The Basketball Tournament Announces Live Streaming For 2015 $1 Million, Winner Take All Event
Rounds 1-4 Will Stream Live, From Chicago, Atlanta, L.A. and Philly Prior To ESPN Broadcasts Of Semi-Finals And Finals From New York
By: Joe Favorito
“Every team competing in TBT started with a fan base who pledged their votes and who will win 5% of the $1 million prize if their team goes on to win,” said TBT Founder Jon Mugar. “Live streaming each of these games will be a great way for those fans to follow along live and route their favorite teams on, until their games appear on ESPN.”
Links to the live streams for all games from rounds 1-4 will be accessible from TheTournament.com Bracket page, which will launch on July 1, when the full schedule of matchups and game times for all 96 games will be announced. Nick Gryniewicz, a central Florida radio host, currently heard on ESPN Orlando, and Mike Ridaught, the voice of the University of North Florida Ospreys, will provide the calls for all the games, with special guests dropping in to provide added insight for a majority of the games. Highlights from all games will also be available through the TBT Facebook (Facebook.com/
The field will include no fewer than 125 players who have played in either the NBA or the NBA D-League, and over 500 with professional experience. Opening rounds begin July 10-12 in Atlanta (Clayton State University) and Los Angeles (Cal State Los Angeles), and continue July 17-19 in Chicago (DePaul University) and Philadelphia (Philadelphia University). The final 17 play in Chicago again from July 23-25 before advancing on to New York’s Fordham University to play for the Championship live on ESPN August 1 and 2.
Among the notable names and teams in the event in the L.A. region will be “Grantland,”
In Atlanta, former NBA player Damien Wilkins, and a team of University of Mississippi alumni on “TMD” led by Marshall Henderson, while the key players from the ESPY award-winning teams from Mercer and FGCU that beat Duke and Georgetown respectively in the NCAA Tournament combined to form a team called "Bracket Busters" in Atlanta.
In the Midwest, among the 24 teams, no fewer than six former Wisconsin Badgers teamed up with former Sacramento Kings swingman Royce White to form the "Bad Boys," with projected lottery pick and National POY Frank Kaminsky providing non-playing support. Former Indiana Hoosiers Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls, and Will Sheehey have teamed up on “Armored Athlete” alongside former Cleveland Cavalier big man, Alex Kirk. Under the late Rick Majerus, the Saint Louis Billikens reached unprecedented heights and six players recruited by Majerus have come together in TBT to honor their coach and celebrate their collegiate accomplishments. At the heart of that success was Dwayne Evans, Jordair Jett, and Mike McCall Jr., a group that contributed to 92 wins and three NCAA Tournaments. All three will return to the floor for the “Majerus SLU Crew,”' while former Knicks and Denver Nuggets forward Renaldo Balkman will lead the “Eberlein Drive” team.
The defending champion Notre Dame Fighting Alumni, led by former All Big East players Tim Abromaitis, Luke Harangody, Ben Hansbrough, and Torin Francis, among others, have a bye and will participate automatically in the July 23-25 Super 17 as well.
In the Northeast, the 24 team region will include alumni teams from Temple, La Salle, and Drexel. In addition, former Syracuse players spanning 13 seasons will suit up for “Boeheim’s Army,” which includes Hakim Warrick, Donte Greene (himself a first round pick), and Eric Devendorf, who scored 1,680 career points with the Orange. Baltimore-based “City of Gods” will feature former New York Knicks Sweetney and Dermarr Johnson and will be coached by former Washington Wizards coach and Baltimore player development legend Joe Connelly, brother of Denver Nuggets GM Tim, and Pat, Assistant GM of the Phoenix Suns. “Big Apple Basketball,”
317 teams applied to make the 97-team field, with each team consisting of a General Manager (GM), at least seven players, and 100+ fan votes. All players must be 18 or older and all games will be played under college rules with two 18-minute halves.
ABOUT THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Conceived by CEO Jonathan Mugar as the ultimate opportunity for fans, athletes and social media mavens to create teams and then participate in a high-stakes, professionally run and organized sporting event, The Basketball Tournament is a winner-take-
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