Baltimore: What You Need To Know


By: TBT Staff | @thetournament

For the first time ever, TBT bring the semifinals and finals to Baltimore, MD. NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony played a big role in bringing the 2017 semifinals and championship to his hometown, and will serve as host of the championship. The three-day event is highlighted by Tuesday night's semifinals, Wednesday's Day of Giving and Thursday's TBT2017 championship game. There are a number of events going down each day, so check out here's everything you need to know about the TBT championship in Baltimore.

What is TBT?

Since the inaugural tournament in 2014, TBT has established itself as the summer's most authentic and exciting basketball tournament. Sixty-four teams go toe-to-toe looking for the six wins that will crown them TBT champions and put the $2 million winner-take-all grand prize in their pockets. The NCAA-style single-elimination format consists of four regionals -- Charlotte, Philadelphia, Peoria and Las Vegas --, the Super 16 in Brooklyn and championship week in Baltimore.

The fans are a huge part of garnering enough support and votes for these teams to make the field, so why shouldn't;t they get paid too? They do! $200,000 of the $2 million grand prize goes directly to the top 100 vote-getting fans of the championship team, with the top fan taking home $20,000!



Melo Helps Bring TBT2017 Championship To Baltimore

10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony will serve as host for this summer’s championship in Baltimore, having played an active role in bringing the TBT championship to his hometown following two years in New York. 

“After years of watching TBT, I decided to get involved. It's a tournament for people to live out their basketball dreams and that's exciting to me. I'm a believer in chasing after your dreams no matter what. And that's what this tournament symbolizes to me,” said Carmelo. “In addition, bringing an event of this magnitude to Baltimore is a great credit to the vision and hard work of both my and the TBT teams. Baltimore will always have a special place in my heart, and I'm excited to bring a tournament like this to this city. Basketball and Baltimore go hand in hand. The perfect match. A city that is all about determination. A city that helped build me."

“We are excited Carmelo recognizes the vision of TBT and are proud to have grown into an event that impacts communities so positively,” said Jon Mugar, Founder and CEO of TBT. “The excitement level of a basketball game with $2 Million on the line is off the charts, and we’re looking forward to a great crowd in Baltimore getting to experience it with us.”


Day of Giving

On Wednesday August 2, TBT will partner with the city of Baltimore and various other community organizations for a Day of Giving. The Day of Giving will feature three simultaneous events: a job fair, health fair and community transformation, all centered around the Upton / Penn North neighborhood.  A full schedule of events can be found below.

The Day of Giving will be officially kicked off by a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. at Robert C. Marshall Field. The ceremony will feature remarks from Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and TBT's own Jon Mugar, as well as the presentation of the Mayor's Service Medal Award to Carmelo Anthony for his continued contributions to the city of Baltimore. 

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Job Fair - Talon Center, 2500 W North Ave. 

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Robert C. Marshall Field, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Community Transformation - Uptown Penn North / Sandtown Winchester Projects

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Health Fair - Mandawmin Mall, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave


Game Schedule

Tuesday, August 1:

7 p.m. - #6 Team Challenge ALS vs. #2 Scarlet & Gray - LIVE on ESPN

9 p.m. - #3 Boeheim's Army vs. #1 Overseas Elite - LIVE on ESPN


Thursday, August 3:

7 p.m. - TBT2017 Championship Game - LIVE on ESPN