SlamBall is a mix of football and MMA that founder Mason Gordon created in the late 90s. Considered a contact sport, players used giant trampolines to put the basketball ball through the nets. Despite it coming to a halt in 2008, it appears that it will be making a comeback.
Mason Gordon announced to TMZ sports that the sport will return in 2023. He claimed he had opportunities to bring it back over the years, but waited until all the conditions were perfect. He also suggested that now is the time to bring it back, since kids watch less than 3-hour sporting events.
We’ve gotten opportunities pretty much every couple of months, there will be an opportunity to bring SlamBall back in some form. My partners and I have always looked at it and said, ‘we’re not gonna come back until the market conditions are like really optimal,’ and the alternate sports marketplace is on fire.
SlamBall just kind of fits the bill. They’re 20-minute games. Television half hours. People obviously have really gravitated to the action, and it’s this incredible mash-up between basketball, football, hockey, little bit of gymnastics, little bit of video games, that’s just SlamBall.
NBA star Jayson Tatum is said to be a massive fan of the sport. The 2008 season aired at one point on Cartoon Network. It held its first international tournament in 2012.
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