GameAbove Sports Acquires Fourth Founding BIG3 Expansion Team USA - English USA - English
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DETROIT, July 8, 2024 ~ GameAbove Sports, a sports-focused business development and strategic investment entity, has announced the acquisition of the fourth BIG3 franchise. The team will be based in Detroit and will represent the State of Michigan for the 2025 season.

Led by Founder and Chairman Keith J. Stone, the GameAbove Sports ownership group is made up of individuals with strong connections to the region and extensive experience in operations, business, basketball, and sports. This includes notable figures from Detroit's professional sports scene such as NBA Hall of Famer and BIG3 Coach George Gervin, two-time NFL Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl Champion T.J. Lang, as well as Joe Januszewski, Karen LeVert, Dan McClory, Skyler Stone, Corey Welch, and co-founder of Born in Detroit apparel Anthony Tomey. Former NBA point guard Earl Boykins will also be involved with the organization.

"We are thrilled to bring a BIG3 franchise to the Motor City," said Gervin. "My experience with the league over the past few seasons has shown me its potential for growth and global appeal. With Detroit's rich sports history, it is a fantastic market for the BIG3. Get ready for next summer!"

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This announcement comes after GameAbove Sports purchased rights to the LA, Miami, and Houston BIG3 franchises earlier this year. The league is currently in its fifth week of its seventh season and continues to tour nationwide while reaching millions of fans through various platforms.

BIG3 CEO and co-founder Ice Cube expressed his excitement about this new ownership group taking over the Detroit team. "GameAbove Sports represents everything that we stand for at BIG3," he said. "Their commitment to community outreach aligns perfectly with our Young3 initiative. It's been an honor to work with George Gervin over the past few seasons and I know he means a lot to the Detroit community. I look forward to collaborating with GameAbove Sports to bring the vision of BIG3 Detroit to life next season."

GameAbove Sports is a unique player in the sports business, backed by CapStone Holdings Inc. The company is dedicated to expanding its investment portfolio by strategically investing in franchises and leagues globally, including well-known entities such as the NHL, NBL, MLS, USL, MLS Next, professional golf, product investments, and other emerging leagues. Their innovative and flexible approach focuses on acquiring minority and majority ownership positions in established franchises or leagues while promoting and advancing technology within the sports industry.

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"We are very excited about the BIG3 and the momentum that Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz have established in the league," said Stone. "At GameAbove Sports, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to diversify our portfolio. The BIG3 presents a great opportunity for us to invest early in this emerging version of basketball. Our ownership group is enthusiastic and ready to make an impact in Detroit and the State of Michigan."

The decision to bring a BIG3 franchise to Detroit aligns perfectly with GameAbove Sports' existing presence in the region. In November 2019, Stone launched GameAbove as a philanthropic brand under CapStone Holdings Inc., with a focus on his alma mater Eastern Michigan University. Since then, GameAbove has contributed millions to special causes and initiatives in Southeast Michigan, including student emergency funds, combating food insecurities, mental health awareness, youth STEM and literacy education programs, youth sports initiatives, and scholarships.

To learn more about the Ownership Group or purchase tickets for the 2024 season visit www.big3detroitbasketball.com. For all the latest news and updates from GameAbove Sports visit www.gameabovesports.com. To learn more about BIG3 go to big3.com or follow @thebig3 on X and Instagram. Tickets for the 2024 season are currently on sale at big3.com/tickets/.
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