Ice Cube expands BIG3 basketball league with teams in Houston and Miami

Ice Cube expands BIG3 basketball league with teams in Houston and Miami

Ice Cube expands BIG3 basketball league with teams in Houston and Miami

Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league continues to grow from strength to strength.

The hip-hop icon recently announced that his sports organization has expanded to Houston and Miami. Earlier this year, Cube expressed his desire to see the BIG3 league move away from hosting road games and instead have local teams across the country, with Los Angeles being his first acquisition.

On Wednesday (July 3), Bloomberg Eric Mullins and Milton Carroll have reportedly purchased a franchise in Houston, and last month, businessman Heath Freeman bought a unit in Miami. “I’m honored to join Ice Cube and (co-founder) Jeff Kwatinetz in the BIG3 and bring a new professional basketball team to Miami,” Freeman said at the time.

He added: “BIG3 is shaping the future of basketball; the game is dynamic and nuanced, and the on-court product is engaging audiences in this incredibly fast-growing region. Basketball fans in South Florida can rest assured that this franchise will soon add to the winning sports pedigree of our great region.”

Prior to the aforementioned deals, Cube spoke to VIBE In an exclusive interview, he shared the other cities he would like to expand to. “We would love to be in Toronto, New York, Miami, Chicago, the Bay Area, the DC area, Baltimore, DMV, St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit,” he said. “We would love to be in Jersey. We actually have a game in Newark this year.”

She also spoke to the outlet about her attempts to recruit newly drafted Indiana Fever player Caitlin Clark ahead of the 2024 WNBA season.

Caitlin Clark

Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever shoots a free throw against the Las Vegas Aces in the first quarter of their game at T-Mobile Arena on July 2, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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“Her ratings impact is undeniable. She was getting better ratings than the NBA,” he said of the skilled athlete. “As a league, we want that kind of star power. She would raise the bar for everyone. If another player came along with that kind of impact, of course, we would go after her.”

He added: “It’s something that our sponsors and everyone were considering, and if we had gotten it, it would have meant that the league would have been able to raise more dollars from all of our partners and sponsors. It would have been a huge win for the entire league.”

The BIG3’s next event will take place in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center on Sunday (July 7). Get tickets here.