Matchroom Reveal Game Format Changes for All-Stars Championship

A five point line, 12 minute games and a sin bin are all part of new format changes that were released for the new British Basketball All-Stars Championship event to be held at the O2 arena this September, by Matchroom Sport this week.

Matchroom Sport will also add in a 20 second shot clock, rolling subs and a 2 minute ‘power play’ which will see all points scored during that time period doubled, as they attempt to reinvigorate the game with “exciting new innovations.”

The event, first announced in March, is Barry Hearn’s brainchild, and will feature the top 8 finishing BBL sides from this season; Bristol Flyers, Sheffield Sharks, Leicester Riders, London Lions, Newcastle Eagles, Glasgow Rocks, Surrey Scorchers and Worcester Wolves.

There is a £100,000 prize fund with each team receiving at least £5,000 with the top prize of 25k going to the tournament winners.

However, the new innovations have received mixed responses.

Newcastle Eagles assistant coach Dave Forrester feels it is too gimmicky, and too many changes at once, tweeting:

Whilst British hoops legend John Amaechi, was also not a fan:

It was not all negative, @purplewarrior9 commented: “Sounds like an exciting yet still good format!”, with @JCGrimshaw adding: “I think this will be so fun to watch.”

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Roy

    Not sure if it will be good for basketball or not, but I think it has to be given a chance.. The sport is certainly in the doldrums at present and something drastic has to be done to improve its general public popularity.

    Many people, including me (!!), have suggested a dictator should run the sport and Barry Hearn is certainly this, in both snooker and darts. I’m not suggesting, one way or the other, that B.H. should be involved in basketball, but he has certainly transformed the sports he has been involved in.

    How did B.H. become involved in the first place?

  • Seán Worrall

    Rules will need a thorough testing out to find any holes. Surely will need a stopping clock in the last minute? e.g. I score on you and am now 4pts up, there’s 5 seconds left for you to score a 5pt shot, but I boot the ball into the stands and the clock runs down and I win….. Even if I’m penalised with e.g. 1pt and possession – the clock still says 0.00.

  • LLC#12

    I bought tickets before these “rules” were announced. If I’d known this was what would be on offer, I don’t think I’d have bothered!

    I love basketball, but this gimmicky Frankenstein’s monster of a sport they’ve put together is not “basketball”.

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