NEW YORK, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- FIGHTBALL®, the global sports entertainment property that has transformed one-on-one basketball into a hyper-intensive rivalry, returns to New York City tonight, with the first of three punishing tournaments. FIGHTBALL® 01, 02 and 03 NYC will push 16 of the world's most skilled and notoriously tough players to their limits for the chance to win a grand prize of $100,000 and the title of Spring 2016 FIGHTBALL® Champion.
Eight athletic ballers will battle tonight in a show of skill, endurance, strength and passion. The winner of tonight's qualifier tournament will be awarded $10,000, and the top four finishers will move on to compete in the FIGHTBALL® Championship tournament on Thursday, March 10. Tomorrow night, another eight players will battle for $10,000 in a second qualifier tournament, and the top four will also move on to compete at the Championship tournament, where $100,000 is on the line.
"After the success of our first tournament, FIGHTBALL® 00 NYC, we knew we had to come back even bigger this year," said FIGHTBALL® co-founders Jonas Hallberg and Liron Reznik. "We are excited to show the world why FIGHTBALL® is the most exciting new sports property out there. Bar none."
The tournaments will be hosted by MC Joe Pope at SIR Stage37, and will go beyond the average sporting event to mash the court with the club. The venue's hardwood basketball court will serve as the epicenter of a nightclub setting where legendary DJ Clark Kent will deliver a live music mix, including an exclusive FIGHTBALL® soundtrack created by hip hop producer Just Blaze. World-famous hip-hop artists will entertain the crowds before each tournament's final game.
Thursday, March 3 Qualifier Tournament Line-Up
Billy Baptist (Chicago, IL) vs. Eric Williams (Long Beach, Calif.)
Dusan Bulut (Novi Sad, Serbia) vs. Malik Boothe (Queens, N.Y.)
Cliff Dixon (Washington, D.C.) vs. J. J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.)
Tyrone Hill (Philadelphia, Pa.) vs. Marvin Roberts (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Friday, March 4 Qualifier Tournament Line-Up
Steven Ruple Jr. (Harlem, N.Y.) Vs. Andrew Washington (Washington, D.C)
Rich Ross (Harlem, N.Y.) Vs. Tymell Murphy (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
FIGHTBALL® Defending Champion Mike Tuitt (Bronx, N.Y.) Vs. Ronnie Battle (Miccosukee Indian Reservation, Fla.)
William McFarlan (Queens, N.Y.) Vs. Leandro De Lima (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
FIGHTBALL® is a true 21st century sport, upping the intensity, endurance, physicality and athleticism needed to win due to its unique format. Each eight-minute game is played on a 40-foot court outfitted with two hoops, and an eight-second shot clock ensures a fast-paced, physically demanding game. Each dunk is worth three points, while shots taken from the FIGHTBALL® two-foot mid-line is two points. All other baskets earn the shooter one point. Lastly, the ref will only call hard fouls. For more information on the rules of FIGHTBALL®, visit Fightball.co/rules.
Those unable to attend the FIGHTBALL® events can follow along live on Snapchat @FIGHTBALL, and watch tournament recap videos and highlight clips on Fightball.co. To get in on the action, follow FIGHTBALL® on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Also, stay tuned for an announcement about a special three-episode TV series on the FIGHTBALL® tournaments.
FIGHTBALL® is the world's most intense one-on-one basketball competition. FIGHTBALL® provides 'All highlights, all the time,' taking one-on-one basketball and giving it a makeover – pushing its speed and intensity up to 11. Held after dark in a club setting, FIGHTBALL® pits some of the world's toughest and most athletic ballers against each other in a show of skill, endurance, strength and passion. And when all is said and done, only one is left standing.
FIGHTBALL® is a registered trademark of FIGHTBALL INC.