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Fox Sports picks up rights to inaugural Big3

The Fox Sports division of US network Fox has acquired rights for Big3, a new three-on-three, half-court basketball league that will launch on June 25.

Teams competing in the inaugural season will travel to 10 cities across the US and play games back-to-back each Sunday at the same venue.

Fox Sports will broadcast delayed coverage of games the following night in a primetime slot. The first Big3 programme will air on Fox Sports 1 on June 26.

Fox will also show live coverage of the championship game on August 26 across its broadcast network.

The inaugural Big3 will comprise eight teams of five players, featuring a number of former professionals from North America’s NBA league.

Games will be played up to 60 points, with the first team to reach the total being declared the winner.

Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis, Jason Williams, Bonzi Wells and Mike Bibby are amongst the former NBA players to have signed up to play in the inaugural season.