The basketball tournament format, explained: how the rules and support work for 2022
The basketball tournament is back.
On July 16, the ninth annual high-stakes tournament is set to take place across the country.
The basketball tournament is a 64-team knockout tournament where teams compete for a grand prize of $1 million.
The teams are packed with former NBA players and college stars, all competing for the million dollar prize. But how do teams qualify for the basketball tournament and how does it work?
Find out below.
How does the basketball tournament work?
The basketball tournament is a March Madness-style bracket with 64 teams competing in a knockout tournament.
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Teams are divided into eight different regions, with the winner from each region meeting in Dayton, Ohio for what would be considered the “Elite Eight” portion of March Madness. The regions this year are Omaha, Rucker Park, Xavier, New Mexico, Wichita, Syracuse, West Virginia and Dayton.
It’s a win-win tournament, so only the championship team gets the $1 million prize money, which is split among the players on the roster or can be donated to charity.
How do teams qualify for the basketball tournament?
Believe it or not, the basketball tournament is an “open” tournament, so anyone can apply to enter a team. But this has a price.
If your team’s application is successful, each player must pay a $1,000 registration fee to officially put together a roster. Each team is made up of a minimum of seven players or a maximum of 12 players and must have a general manager. Coaches are optional and teams can have as many as they want.
Teams are usually made up of former NBA players, foreign professionals, and college basketball stars.
How to watch the basketball tournament
- When: From July 16 to August 2
- Where: Several different regions
- TV channel: ESPN Networks
- Diffusion: ESPN app | TV Sling
The basketball tournament will be televised on the ESPN family of networks: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and the ESPN app. You can also stream The Basketball Tournament on Sling TV, TBT’s official streaming partner.
Viewers who sign up for Sling TV get half of the first month without a long-term contract. Watch The Basketball Tournament live on ESPN and access sports programming on the ESPN family of networks.
What is the Elam ending?
Rather than a traditional game clock, The Basketball Tournament uses what is called “The Elam Ending” in which teams play to a target score. In addition to ensuring that every contest ends on a winning streak, it also helps reduce end-game clogging that often prolongs games and creates an uneven and unnatural viewing experience.
TBT’s success with The Elam Ending even caught the attention of the NBA which now includes him in the annual NBA All-Star Game. You can read more about The Elam Ending here.
What is “The Sling Shot”?
The basketball tournament introduces a new twist to this year’s Elam Ending. Each final shot will now be called “The Sling Shot”, named after Sling TV which is the official streaming partner of The Basketball Tournament. So if you’re watching and wondering why advertisers refer to clutch shots at the end of games, you have the answer!