ESPN retains rights to The Basketball Tournament, which will take place in quarantine this year

With the summer returns of the NBA, MLS, and maybe MLB, ESPN (despite the postponement of UEFA Euro 2020) isn’t in as desperate need for summer content as they typically are. But despite that extra content this year, ESPN has agreed to a new multi-year deal with an event that has become one of its regular summer content providers – The Basketball Tournament. On Wednesday night, ESPN announced a “multi-year, multi-platform” rights extension with TBT, which has aired on ESPN’s networks since 2015. This year’s tournament will be more condensed than in previous years, taking place from July 4-14 in a quarantined environment in Columbus, Ohio, with all games at Nationwide Arena. TBT will also be a fanless experience, and if a team member from any of TBT’s 24 teams tests positive, his whole team will be disqualified. With just 24 teams, this is the smallest ever edition of The Basketball Tournament.

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