FAQ

How can I watch?
All TBT games air live across ESPN Networks. Check back for schedule.

Where/when are the games?

  • Columbus July 19-21
  • Greensboro July 19-21
  • Lexington July 19-21
  • Memphis July 19-21
  • Salt Lake City July 25-27
  • Wichita July 25-28
  • Syracuse July 26-28
  • Richmond July 26-28

Chicago Quarterfinals – Thu Aug 1 & Fri Aug 2
Chicago Semifinals – Sun Aug 4
Chicago $2 Million, Winner-take-all Championship – Tue Aug 6

How are the 8 host teams selected?
We select teams capable of drawing loud, passionate, sizeable fan bases.

How is the remainder of the 64-team field selected?
We select the remaining 56 teams from the application pool, which runs March 1 – June 1.

Who can apply to enter a team?
Anyone 18 or older.

Who has won TBT?
2014: Notre Dame Fighting Alumni
2015: Overseas Elite
2016: Overseas Elite
2017: Overseas Elite
2018: Overseas Elite

Overseas Elite is now 25-0 all-time, having won $7 million in the process.

Do NBA players play in TBT?
In TBT 2018, 60+ players with NBA experience played. NBA players under contract typically play the part of de facto team owner, GM, Booster, or Coach.

Do players ever go on from TBT to play in the NBA?
Yes. 17 players from TBT 2017 went on to sign deals with NBA teams. Mike James holds the career high for points in a NBA game by a former TBT player (26 pts, 11/26/17, Phoenix Suns).

How do you seed the teams?
We make an assessment on each team’s talent, chemistry, and reliability.

When do you release the bracket?
June 11th.

What is the tournament format?
Single-elimination.

What are the game rules?
College rules (5-on-5) except we play four 9-minute quarters, each team gets 4 timeouts per game, each player gets 6 fouls, international rules on basket interference (except on foul shots), and we use the Elam Ending.

Who refs?
Many of our referees work March Madness or the NBA. Three per game for all games.

How is the championship prize split up?
GMs negotiate with each team member over his/her share of the final prize. Rostered members get 90% of the prize and the winning team's top 1,000 Fans share 10% ($200,000).

GMS/BOOSTERS/COACHES/PLAYER QUESTIONS

How do I apply?
Apply here

What is the entry fee?
Zero dollars, unless you purchase one of our eight buy-in slots. Email info@thetournament.com.

I just filled out my profile but I don't see it yet. Why?
You must send a video of yourself to video@thetournament.com so we can verify your identity.

How is my team's region determined?
Your GM decides which region to apply to.

What does a GM do?
The GM build and runs the team. He or she is the final voice when it comes to any team issues.

Who would make a good Booster?
Someone with access to a lot of people through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blog, media outlet, alumni network, etc. A Booster can be a person or organization.

What are the roster limits?
Teams can have a max of 18 players. The first 9 on the roster are free, if added before 12p EDT on June 1st. Teams can have an unlimited amount of Coaches and Boosters.

How do we add Players to our roster if we already have 9, or if it’s after June 1, 12p EDT?
It costs $1,000 to add a player up until 72 hours before your first game. It’s $2,000 to add a player heading into the Quarterfinals. See more in the Rules.

If I’m listed as a player on a team that isn’t selected, can I play on one of the teams that did?
Yes.

If my team makes it in and loses, can I jump on another team?
No.

Can players play in both NBA Summer League and TBT?
Yes. Lots of players do this. This year, none of our games overlap or precede NBA Summer League.

Can women play?
Yes. We've had 15 women play in TBT thus far, and several more have served as GM or Coach.

If we want to give our winnings to charity, how do we do that?
Teams may give their after-tax portions of the winnings to any charity they desire (as Notre Dame Fighting Alumni did with Coaches vs. Cancer in 2014). If you’d like to give ALL of your winnings to a non-profit, it may be beneficial for the non-profit to enter the team itself. If this is an option you'd like to pursue, please email info@thetournament.com.

Does TBT pay for travel?
Teams are responsible for travelling themselves to the opening weekend. If your team makes it to the Quarterfinals, TBT pays for flights and hotels for each team’s players and GM. Once you're selected, we will provide you with a suggested list of hotels for the opening weekend. For the Quarterfinals and beyond, we will determine the hotel.

FAN QUESTIONS

How do fans win?
The top 1,000 Supporters of the winning team share 10% of the $2 million dollar prize, or $200,000, per the Contest Rules. The top supporter of the winning team wins $10,000. To Support a team, visit its team page.

How do I become one of the top 1,000 supporters of a team?
By signing up and accumulating points. After registering as a fan, you accumulate points off your TBT Fan Account Page in the following ways:

PTS OCCURRENCES TOTAL
Register 5 1 5
Support a team 5 1 5
Subscribe to TBT Newsletter 20 1 20
Follow on Instagram 50 1 50
RT #TBTFAN from @thetournament 5 30 150
Team Wins 20 6 120
Fill Out Bracket 10 1 10
Share Bracket on Social 20 1 20
Share TBT Site Content 2 20 40
Click on TBT Newsletter Link 20 16 320
Bracket Contest Round 1 1 32 32
Bracket Contest Round 2 2 16 32
Bracket Contest Round 3 4 8 32
Bracket Contest Round 4 8 4 32
Bracket Contest Round 5 16 2 32
Bracket Contest Round 6 100 1 100

MAX PTS: 1,000

I signed up as a Fan last year. Do I have to sign up again?
No. You just have to log in. If you forgot your login information, click "Reset Password" at the Login Page. Your points will be reset to 0 each year

Can I support more than one team?
No.

Can I switch which team I support?
Yes. You can switch anytime without penalty until August 1 at 12p ET.

ABOUT TBT

Why are you doing this?
We love the idea of allowing anyone the opportunity to put their own team into a major, televised sporting event. And the winner-take-all model yields an unselfish and intense brand of basketball unique to TBT.

The TBT team:
Jon Mugar (@jonmugar) – Founder/CEO
Dan Friel (@tbtfriel) –EVP, Team Relationships & General Counsel / Co-founder
Jen Todd (@tbttodd) – EVP / Co-founder
Jennette Puzzo (@nettieb15) – VP, Events
George Alexander – Event Manager
Josh Brown (@josh_brown31) – Content Manager
Jake Pavorsky (@jakepavorsky) – Manager, Team Relationships & PR
Brett Danahy – VP, Partnerships
Jack Roberts – Partnership Manager
Dan Gould (@dangould94) – Team Relationships
Andrew Krause (@ndrewkrause) – Graphic Design
Hakeem Williams (@CoachHakeem) – Team Relationships
Rob Kennedy – Game Operations
Mike Burks – Producer
Rod Reichley – Producer
Mark Sullivan – Security
Raycom Sports – Content
Tupelo Raycom – TV Production
Octagon Agency – Event Agency
Advisors – Vin Martelli, Tony Ponturo, Len DeLuca, Andy Dolich

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Email us at info@thetournament.com or call 617-314-6710

The information provided on this page is intended as a general guideline, subject to the Rules, which provide discretion to TBT concerning the final selection of players and teams.