New this summer, the Ball Up Million Dollar Summer Challenge is giving teams in six major US cities the opportunity to compete for $1 million. Six teams from each market will compete in a single-elimination playoff.
The champion from each local market will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the national championship. The competition will air on ESPN2 in September.
Check out the full schedule and details below:
Los Angeles, CA (May 27, 2015) – Ball Up, the leading streetball brand in the world and home to some of the most talented athletes to play the game, has reached an agreement with ESPN to televise its first-ever “Million Dollar Summer Challenge,” a summer long basketball competition that gives six U.S. cities the opportunity to compete for $1M and bragging rights as the preeminent summer basketball team in the nation. The challenge tips off in Washington D.C. on May 30th and will air on ESPN2 beginning in September. Playing in six markets, the Summer Challenge will feature elite competition and allow local legends to become national champions.
This year’s competing cities — New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles — will put forth their best 10-person teams to compete throughout the summer. Each market will start with a launch event, attended by Ball Up CEO Demetrius Spencer, Ball Up All-Star players along with celebrity guest appearances. The National Championship game will take place in Ball Up’s hometown of Los Angeles on August 2nd.
Starting on May 30th, eight teams from each market will compete to represent their city. The regular season features six weekends of local play per market. Local playoffs begin on July 10th, when the top six teams will enter a single-elimination playoff. The champion from each local market will travel to LA to compete in the national championship weekend kicking off July 30th.
BALL UP MILLION DOLLAR SUMMER CHALLENGE OFFICIAL SCHEDULE:
First Regular Season Games for Individual Market (six game regular season schedule)
May 30th – Washington D.C.
May 31st – Los Angeles
June 6th – New York City
June 6th – Philadelphia
June 7th – Chicago
June 7th – Indianapolis
Local Market Playoffs
July 10th – July 12th – Washington & Los Angeles
July 17th – 19th – New York City, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Chicago
July 30th – Quarterfinals
July 31st – Semifinals
August 2nd – National Championship
Air Dates – ESPN2
September 16th @ 8:00 pm EST – 30 minutes
September 16th @ 8:30 pm EST – 30 minutes
September 23rd@ 8:00 pm EST – 30 minutes
September 23rd @ 8:30 pm EST – 30 minutes
September 30th @ 8:00 pm EST – 30 minutes
September 30th @ 8:30 pm EST – 30 minutes
October 7th @ 8:00 pm EST – 60 minutes
October 14th @ 10:30 pm EST – 60 minutes
* ESPN2 dates/times subject to change