Report: BIG3 quarantined reality show delayed until August or September
Back in March, the BIG3 partnered with the producers of the popular summer reality series “Big Brother” to help develop a quarantined reality show featuring a three-on-three basketball tournament. BIG3 founders Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz envisioned a reality show in which 16 players were quarantined in a house while participating in a tournament.
While these plans are still fluid, the reality show has been delayed until August or September due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, per Mark Medina of USA TODAY Sports:
The Big 3 will delay a quarantined, reality show 3-on-3 pre-season basketball tournament from this month to either August or September because of ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus, a person familiar with the developments told USA TODAY Sports. The Big 3, which originally planned to begin its fourth season on June 20 in Memphis, is aiming to start the season in either the fall or the winter, the person added.
“It’s a fluid situation,” a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s hard to provide a fixed date, but it’s happening.”
The person was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to share details publicly.
The BIG3 was trying to provide sports fans with some sort of entertainment since COVID-19 forced all major sports leagues to suspend play.
The BIG3 reality TV show was supposed to consist of 16 players who were quarantined in the same Los Angeles-area home for the duration of a three-week tournament.
The 2019-20 NBA season was suspended on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA was the first major sports league to shut down before all other leagues followed suit.