Rocks dealt in for All Stars TV event

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FOR THE RECORD -

GLAS­GOW ROCKS have been handed a date at Lon­don’s O2 Arena af­ter box­ing and darts im­pre­sario Barry Hearn launched a new tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing the Bri­tish Bas­ket­ball League’s lead­ing teams as well as a par­al­lel show­piece for net­ball.

The All Stars Bas­ket­ball event, backed by Hearn’s Match­room or­gan­i­sa­tion, will be held on Septem­ber 24 as the cur­tain raiser to the new BBL cam­paign with a £100,000 prize pot on the line – with the win­ners tak­ing £25,000.

It is un­der­stood the made-for-TV for­mat, to be screened by Sky Sports, will in­clude the top eight fin­ish­ers in this sea­son’s league and in­cor­po­rate short­ened-for­mat games.

And it will form part of a dou­ble­header with a sim­i­lar net­ball shootout tak­ing place on the pre­vi­ous day.

“The pop­u­lar­ity of bas­ket­ball and net­ball is at an all-time high right now,” said Hearn. “We want to bring this right to the fore with a mas­sive week­end at The O2. By com­bin­ing the ex­per­tise of Match­room and Sky Sports with those of Eng­land Net­ball, we know that we are em­bark­ing on some­thing spe­cial.

“It’s also about en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion. Both sports are con­tin­u­ing to grow at a rapid rate and for that to con­tinue we must en­cour­age peo­ple young and old to get out there and try th­ese ex­cit­ing sports. We want to help with this by bring­ing both bas­ket­ball and net­ball cen­tre-stage for one huge week­end.”

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