Miami (United States) - The best 3x3 national teams in the Americas will get a chance to compete for continental supremacy when they meet for the first AmeriCup in 3x3 history in Miami scheduled November 12-14, 2021.
The event will be conducted in partnership with Vaunt Inc. (Vaunt), a sports and entertainment intellectual property (IP) development company that creates and produces alternative competitions and culturally-relevant content. This historic moment marks FIBA 3x3’s return to Miami nine years after the city hosted the final of the first-ever FIBA 3x3 World Tour and commences Vaunt’s multi-year relationship as the Local Organizing Committee with FIBA for the exclusive rights to the 3x3 AmeriCup in the Americas.
“The FIBA 3x3 AmeriCup will be a great enabler for us to accelerate growth of the game across our zone,” FIBA Americas Executive Director Carlos Alves said. “We’re thrilled to bring the 3x3 AmeriCup to Miami, not only because Miami is where we have our regional head office, but more importantly, the city encompasses all the main traits of our game: urban, iconic, vibrant, international and multi-cultural.”
“I became a part of the FIBA family in 2001 through my experience playing with USA Basketball,” Vaunt CEO Roger Mason Jr said. “Now as the co-founder of Vaunt whose goal is to align opportunities at the intersections of sport, technology, content and competition, my basketball journey has come full circle with this groundbreaking partnership. As a former Miami Heat player, I am excited about bringing the AmeriCup to Miami and the impact we will make for years to come.”
The participating teams will be announced at a later stage. As it is the case for every FIBA 3x3 national team official competition, the event will feature the same number of men and women’s teams, who will play alternatively on the same court in front of the same fans.
ABOUT FIBA 3x3
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups. On June 9, 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Vaunt is a Sports and Entertainment intellectual property (IP) development company that creates and produces alternative sports competitions and content. Vaunt partners with athletes, artists, and entertainers to develop unique interactive fan experiences that fuse entertainment with technology, social, sports betting, and merchandise including collectibles and non-fungible token (NFTs). From ideation to implementation, Vaunt provides the infrastructure for talent to monetize their passions while cultivating community and building sustainable and scalable brands. Vaunt was founded by former NBA Star and business executive Roger Mason and startup and technology executive Omari Ware.
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