College basketball players will be getting paid during the Final Four. Just not the ones participating in the Final Four.
Chicago-based Intersport has created a 3-on-3 tournament with a prize pool of $100,000 that will be played at a gym near the Final Four site in San Antonio during college basketball’s biggest weekend.
The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will have teams from each of the 32 Division I conferences — four players (one sub) who have exhausted their college eligibility.
If Purdue or Ohio State makes the Final Four — or if any players turn down the invitation — Intersport will invite other Big Ten standouts. Scottie Lindsey, who led Northwestern in scoring and hit 9 of 11 3-pointers Feb. 25 at Iowa, is in that second group.
The games will run from March 30 to April 1 at the 3,000-seat Bill Greehey Arena at St. Mary’s University’s, eight miles from the Alamodome.
The March 30-31 games will be streamed live on Twitter, as will the April 1 quarterfinals (1-2 p.m. Chicago time). ESPN2 will air the April 1 semifinals and best-of-three championship series (2:30-4:30 p.m.)
The champion team will divvy up a $50,000 prize. Teams receive $1,000 for each win through the semifinals, and Intersport will pay the players’ travel expenses and provide a per diem.