Lavar Ball has went from a sports father to a household name and his rise to fame has not come without controversy. This past week, his Junior Baller Association League released tickets to their games in June and July. The ticket prices have cause some mixed emotion from hoop fans.
Over the last few years, there has been a rise in the discussion about whether or not college players should be paid by the NCAA. The movement has grown stronger but there has been little progress in any actual action. Knowing that that is the case, Lavar Ball saw on opportunity in giving high school seniors another option to choose to continue playing basketball. This route would allow them to get paid and allow them to capitalize on their “likeness.”
On December 20th, 2018, Ball announced on Twitter that the “Big Baller” started his own league and said, “And we [Big Baller Brand] are only here to help.”
In April, the JBA picked up speed as tryouts for the league began to take place. Several cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston hosted tryout which hundred attended. Some even had to divide the athletes in half and half multiple tryouts during the day.
The league has gained support from former pros, Ed O’Bannon and Earl Watson.
After spending the basketball season in Lithuania, it was announced that LaMelo Ball will join the L.A. based JBA team.
The league’s players are set to sign their contracts next month in Los Angeles.
The schedule is all set and the league will play their first games on June 21st at Citizen Banks Arena in Ontario, California. It will visit eight different cities twice before playing its All-Star Game at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois and back to Ontario in August for the playoffs.
The tickets for the league should not come to no suprise considering the same man running the league sold shoes for $500 dollars. The ticket price range is $30 all the way up to $100 without any fees. A fan can get tickets for NBA games at those prices, even cheaper. This past season, the G League was offering ticket for $10 dollars.
Here is what some fans had to say on Twitter below:
For full schedule and ticket information, visit JBALeague.com.