The BIG3 Returns to CBS for 2020
By Derek Little February 26, 2020
The BIG3 and CBS Sports announced a partnership today for the league’s upcoming fourth season. Select games will be broadcast on CBS Television Network on Saturdays throughout the summer, starting on June 20 through the BIG3 Championship Game on August 29, except over Fourth of July weekend.
CBS Sports will feature 24 games over the 10 event days of the season with all selected games airing live on CBS. All CBS games will have encore airings on CBS Sports Network. The BIG3 playoffs will broadcast live on August 22 from the Moda Center in Portland. The season will be capped off with the BIG3 Championship Game airing live from Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit on August 29.
“CBS Sports was a remarkable partner for the BIG3 last season as we were able to take the league to a whole new level and reach new fans globally, utilizing CBS’ unmatched broadcast team and production, and we’re thrilled to bring the BIG3 back to their airwaves in 2020,” said BIG3 co-founder Ice Cube. “Every Saturdaythroughout the summer, fans can find hard-nosed, fast-paced, and fun on-court action with the best FIREBALL3 players in the worldon America’s most-watched network.”
This announcement comes after the recognition of the creation and official introduction of the new global sport FIREBALL3 and a series of additional enhancements for the league revealed earlier this year that include: lowering the minimum age to qualify for athletes from 27 to 22 to continue to increase competitiveness; a new “Bring the Fire” rule that allows teams one challenge per half resulting in an in-game one-on-one with the victor winning the call; no longer requiring professional basketball experience and encouraging the best athletes in the world to tryout.
The BIG3 season will tip-off on June 20 at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The complete schedule can be found below. Specific broadcast information will be available at a later date.