Following the FIBA 3x3 World Cup, which crowned the United States men and Chinese women on June 23 and set a record for the largest-ever FIBA 3x3 temporary venue on Museumplein in Amsterdam, FIBA announced the partnership which will expand 3x3 in North America.
As previously announced, the L.A. Times is sponsoring the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters on Sept. 20 and 21. In keeping with the global popularity of 3x3 and tradition of creating urban cultural festivals in association with the on-court competitions, the tournament will be the centerpiece of a larger event, the L.A. Street Festival. The World Tour Masters will be the only World Tour event in the U.S. before 3x3 basketball makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo next summer.
“Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the United States and Los Angeles is an international sports and culture capital,” said Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO of NantWorks and Owner and Executive Chairman of the Los Angeles Times. “We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with FIBA and host major 3x3 events in Los Angeles over the next several years.”
The L.A. Street Festival, a new, annual urban event, will debut Sept. 20-21, adjacent to the L.A. Times headquarters in El Segundo, Calif. The festival will feature FIBA 3x3 basketball, esports competitions, side contests, dunking, music, break dancing, gaming activations and kids play zones to entertain the public at the event and through digital platforms and broadcast. Starting in 2020, the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final will be held in Los Angeles as part of the L.A. Street Festival.