New York, NY, (June 25, 2014) — The Entertainers Basketball Classic Inc., (EBC) — the most recognizable streetball tournament in the world — andLineRocket Entertainment present the EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge hosted by Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club. The famous streetball tournament will bring its non-stop action-packed version of basketball from Rucker Park in Harlem to Brooklyn’s own Barclays Center on Sunday, July 27th, 2014. Tipping off at 4 p.m., the celebrity basketball challenge will feature live performances by Fabolous, Wale, Big Sean and more.
The EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge will feature four celebrity-coached teams, from four major cities; each trying to prove its city has the best basketball players. Each team will have three to five professionals and seven streetball players representing its city. There will be two semi-final games, as well as the championship for bragging rights, so the fans get to see three games for the price of one.
EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge 2014 features Wale’s Team DMV (DC/ Maryland/ Virginia) vs. Team Philly; and Fabolous’ Team NYC vs. Team LA.
“We are always trying to find ways to bring our celebrity friends and basketball players closer to the people that made them famous,” says EBC Founder Greg Marius. “We are the Entertainers Basketball Classic because 32 years ago we gave people the basketball experience they wanted to see. This Barclays Center event will take what we do everyday in the summer for 2,000 people at Rucker Park to an unimaginable level at an NBA arena. Our goal at the EBCRuckerPark is to provide people of all races and backgrounds the opportunity to get a taste of Harlem/NYC basketball in a family-friendly environment. New York City basketball is not dead, and if you don’t believe it, come witness it at Barclays Center on Sunday, July 27 at 4p.m.”
Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster, by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Saturday, June 21 at noon, if tickets are still available.
This year, the EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge promises to bring out the best of the best celebrity coached teams and surprise appearances by some of the biggest names in music and professional basketball. Last year at the EBC in Rucker Park, special appearances included: NBA All-stars Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, David Lee of the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets, Tyreke Evans of the New Orleans Pelicans, Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets and retired NBA players Shaquille O’Neal and Shawn Kemp. Also attending last year was newly appointed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, a long time tournament supporter. Musical artists and celebrities who made appearances last year and coached basketball teams included Rick Ross, R. Kelly, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Waka Flocka, Troy Ave, Vado, Swizz Beatz and Daymond John of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
About The EBC:
The Entertainers Basketball Classic was founded by Greg Marius in 1982 in Harlem, NY and is one of the most recognizable streetball tournaments in the world. The EBC Tournament features a Men’s and Women’s division, as well as AAU Youth divisions. The Men’s division is one of only a few tournaments in New York to be sanctioned by the NBA and the NCAA. The EBC has played host to a lineup of A-list celebrities, athletes and politicians, including former President Bill Clinton, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Denzel Washington, Beyoncé, David Duchovny, Michael Rappaport and music superstars who have been EBC team owners or celebrity coaches such as Jay-Z, Mary J.Blige, Alicia Keys, P.Diddy, Fat Joe, and Jermaine Dupri, among others. Throughout the years the tournament has attracted fans from all over the world and included more than 30 NBA professionals who have played in the EBC tournament such as Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury, Baron Davis, Vince Carter, Kenyon Martin, Ron Artest, and more.
About Barclays Center:
Barclays Center opened on September 28, 2012, and is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. One of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, Barclays Center offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express. Barclays Center hosts an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, the Brooklyn Nets and soon the New York Islanders.
Barclays Center has redefined the arena customer service and culinary experience. Its more than 2,000 employees are trained by Disney Institute, the business advisory arm of The Walt Disney Company, and its BrooklynTaste™ food program features selections from 55 well-known restaurants and vendors in the borough.
Barclays Center engages the customer with state-of-the-art technology to enhance the fan experience. As the first arena in the world to utilize Cisco StadiumVision mobile multicast streaming technology, Barclays Center allows fans to watch live video and instant replays from their mobile phones while connected to the arena’s free Wi-Fi.
Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines.
For more information on Barclays Center, please visit www.barclayscenter.com.