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First-Ever L.A. Street Festival to Premiere FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters

The first-ever L.A. Street Festivalwill send summer off in style with a free two-day block party in the heart of El Segundo, Calif. on September 20 and 21. The festival’s marquee event, the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters, will make its Los Angeles debut giving fans an exclusive up-close experience with the fast-paced, street-style basketball showdown that has attracted millions of players worldwide. In addition, Hoop It Up, the largest grassroots 3×3 basketball tour in the U.S., will preview its 2020 tour with an open tournament. The event will also offer an open esports Super Smash Bros. tournament and will be complete with music, food trucks and activities for all ages.

“We are thrilled to bring the world’s best 3×3 basketball players to Los Angeles in partnership with FIBA,” said Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO of NantWorks and Executive Chairman of the Los Angeles Times. “With the addition of Hoop It Up, local streetball players will also be able to get into the game.”

The FIBA 3×3 World Tour event at L.A. Street Festival will give fans a chance to watch the world’s top teams before the sport makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo next summer. Teams that have already qualified to compete include Novi Sad and Liman (both from Serbia), ranked #1 and #2 in the world, respectively; Princeton (USA), ranked #1 nationally and 8th in the world; and Gagarin (Russia), ranked #1 at home and 6th in the world; with a total of 11 berths for the tournament.

Hoop It Up, owned by former NBA Most Valuable Player, All Star and World Champion Kevin Garnett, will run youth and adult open tournaments both days. Each team may have up to five players and will play a minimum of four games. Teams may register to play in the L.A. Street Festival 3×3 basketball tournament at HoopItUp.com.

Hip-hop artist and fan favorite Knowa Lazarus of the Filipino group Q-York will return to the FIBA 3×3 center court as the official emcee with music from DJ Mal-Ski. The on-court action will also include high-flying dunk contests and a three-point shootout. Family-friendly lawn games and a variety of food trucks, including CJ’s WingsMandoline GrillMain Squeeze, Oaxaca on Wheels and Pinch of Flavor, will also be on hand.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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