SlamBall History

SLAMBALL began in a small warehouse in Los Angeles on a makeshift court cobbled together from spare parts. The beginning of the idea started with the ambition to create a fully realized sport that was inspired by the strategies, aesthetics and pacing of video games. I thought about a sport where the athletes fly higher and hit harder – performing feats that were once the exclusive domain of the pixelated athletes from Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo. Having grown up with the earliest examples of the UFC and their mixing of different kind of fighting styles, SlamBall quickly found it’s form as a mash-up team sport derived from parts of basketball, football, hockey and gymnastics.


Early experimentation on the SlamBall court

I took SlamBall to Mike Tollin, a genius producer who has brought to the screen sports-themed and other projects like ARLI$$, Coach Carter, Wild Hogs, Smallville, Bronx is Burning and Radio. He thought I was crazy at first, but I kept coming and I kept talking to him about how great SlamBall could become. He saw that I was either insane or I was onto something and he committed to work with me to develop the game. We’ve been working together ever since to build the sport toward global awareness and an international infrastructure.

THE BEGINNING


I built the first half-court to train five players in the beginning. I had rough ideas about the rules and game play, but it needed real on-the-court R&D to make it work. I recruited dexterous, aggressive athletes from multiple sports backgrounds.

James Willis, Michael Goldman, Sean Jackson, David Redmond and Jeff Sherridan worked with me on the court for long hours as the game found it’s basic structure in the earliest weeks. Jeff was a football player from Chicago, James and David were college basketball players, Sean was an LA streetball guy and Michael was a Jewish All-American high school basketball star. We were a strange collection of athletes, but within minutes of being on the court, everyone could see where their skills fit in and how they could all work together.

Shortly afterwards, the first full court was constructed and I started pulling in additional players, which included Stan “Shakes” Fletcher, Rob Wilson and Dion Mays, who collectively raised the bar for SlamBall’s creativity and physicality. Jeff and Dion, the two guys with football backgrounds, started lighting people up in the open floor. The basketball guys didn’t like it at first, but then they started getting into it when they got to pancake the opposition (most of the time, me). The spring floor provided a phenomenal safety feature and guys could play a high-impact game for hours at full speed. The first two teams, the Mob and the Rumble played a series of games on a full court in East Los Angeles in front of a frenzied crowd. Mike got the TV people down to the warehouse and we immediately won a cable contract with what would soon become Spike TV.


From the beginning, Stan Fletcher shook up the competition


One of my rare highlights.

SB1 – THE FIRST SEASON

SlamBall’s debut on Spike TV was covered by ESPN’s Sportscenter, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine and many more premium news outlets. SlamBall’s high-flying, hard-hitting roots were refined and developed by coaches we recruited to incorporate real offensive concepts and defensive philosophies.

The Mob and Rumble were joined by the Diablos, Steal, Bouncers and Slashers. The first overall draft pick was Rob Wilson, a 6’9” 250lb Stopper out of Toronto, Canada and a holdover from the East LA series. Wilson was a top flight professional basketball player overseas and helped set a professional tone among the motley collection of athletes gathered for the initial season.

The action from the first season was inspired and saw some of the most amazing plays anywhere in sports. The rapidly-developing strategies started to be effective and teams developed personalities around their stars, including the Mob’s smash-mouth football-style and the Rumble’s smug bad-boy swagger.


LaMonica Garrett became the prototypical football athlete to make the jump to SlamBall


Dion Mays redefined the Stopper position with physicality, grit and superior timing


Top performers in the first season made the All-SlamBall team. Sean Jackson and Stan Fletcher were explosive. David Jackson, a Va Tech basketball player, was unreal in leading the Diablos to the championship game and Dion Mays was the League MVP.

The Rumble captured the first SlamBall championship and Coach Carter (Yes, THE Coach Carter) hoisted the trophy.

SB2 – THE SECOND SEASON

SlamBall’s second season brought the defense into the fore as a new wave of defensive dreadnaughts took the league by storm. These premiere Stoppers, including Adam Hooker, George Byrd, Rodney Bond and Kevin Cassidy were a revolution at the backline, posting mind-blowing stats including Adam Hooker’s record 36 stops in a single game. This wave of Stoppers averaged north of 20 stops per game, dramatically up from the top first season average or nine or so. This defensive development spurred the offense into more and more complex patterns that were necessary to outmaneuver the Stopper. You couldn’t just go straight at the defense and score at a high percentage. You needed to misdirect the defense and work with your teammates to score.


Familiar faces at the rim met a host of new defensive stars to meet them on equal terms


Second-year players like the Bouncers’ Dion Bailey flourished in the air


All-around players like Noah Ballou widened the desired skill sets at each position


Players had to get higher and more creative to finish against a new-breed of defenders


University of Kansas product, Jelani Janisse, won the second season MVP award


James “Champ” Willis leads two separate teams to back-to-back championships in successive seasons.

The Riders, an expansion team featuring Rumble championship-team castoff James “Champ” Willis, Big George Byrd and former backup Calvin Patterson at Handler, got hot down the stretch and captured the second championship title for coach Xavier McDaniel.

SB3 – THE THIRD SEASON

The third season of SlamBall was a global phenomenon, as the game was, for the first time, widely distributed overseas on major outlets like Meidaset (Italy), CCTV (China), Cuatro (Spain) and Asia (AXN), gaining real traction as a sport. This exposure has since poised the game for US and international expansion. Teams, players and coaches all came into the season looking to make a statement. In the most fiercely contested season to date, the Slashers narrowly defeated the Rumble as CBS Sports broadcast the game and it posted impressive ratings opposite the NFL on Fox and NASCAR on ABC. Adam Hooker, the Slashers’ phenomenal Stopper, won the MVP award.


Corey Beezhold exploded into SlamBall with a mind-boggling set of skills


An amazing rookie class was headlined by Univ of Pacific guard and Internet dunking sensation Myree Bowden AKA The Reemix


Stan Fletcher continued developing his ludicrously creative repertoire on offense including an all-new innovation, “the Shakedown”

COMING UP:

SlamBall has since made appearances at the NBA All-Star Weekend and is developing upcoming tournaments in the US and in multiple overseas markets.

Connect to More Great SlamBall Stuff:

  1. Michael Goldman No Look

    The Slashers miss an opportunity to score, giving the Steal a chance to extend their lead. Michael Goldman gets the ball at center court. Goldman can sense Stan “Shakes” Fletcher anywhere on the court, and with this no look toss to Fletcher for a slam proves that the pair are...
  2. Whitney White Takeover

    Off a loose ball, the Rumble charge the tramps. Tommie Davis has a clear path to the rim but passes it off to Whitney White who flies in from the side with a double pump over the shoulder slam. Steal’s ball and Elton Mashack takes White out from behind, sending...
  3. Inches Whole Package

    LaMonica Garrett passes over the head of Sean “Inches” Jackson, forcing Inches to retrieve the ball as the shot clock is running down. Inches enters the tramps and decides to hit one off the backboard as time expires. The Hombres are unable to finish and the ball gets pitched out...
  4. LaMonica on AOL’s Defining Moments

    The Machine is pulling front page status. Mob gunner, defending scoring champion and burgeoning multimedia star LaMonica Garrett sat down for an interview with Fanhouse and AOL Defining Moments – a web series that focuses on key moments in celebrity lives including Sheryl Crow, Herschel Walker, William H. Macy, Paula...

Comments

  1. Anthony Manning

    July 10, 2012

    Hey Mason, will you ever bring Slamball to Tulsa, Oklahoma?

  2. zero

    June 11, 2012

    the slamball it’s a fantastic sport

  3. Charles Howell

    April 22, 2012

    ive always love slamball and i wanna become apart of it how do i go about getting into slamball?

  4. Race

    December 17, 2011

    I love slamball I was wondering when you think slamball would become recreational or have any kinds of tournaments because there are a lot of people on my football team that would support this fully

  5. Deuce

    October 13, 2011

    This was epic. Please bring this back to TV. I’m like everyone fed up with the NBA and their greedy owners and lockouts. The massive potential for success is definitely still there.

  6. Jabbar

    October 11, 2011

    Hi Mason….
    Ever since I was a little kid, I got to know the game of Slamball when it was on TNN, before they renamed themselves “Spike TV”. I became a fan of it ever since the Rumble won their first title. I only have one question…. Will Houston, TX will be the next city to be expanded? In my town, we already completed building Toyota Center in 2003.

  7. amer

    September 30, 2011

    can i join slamball??
    i am 21 & i was a pro malaysian basketball players.

  8. Eddie

    August 15, 2011

    Hey! I’ve been watching soo many Slamball highlights recently, and I’m really curious if you guys will be able to get this season onto TV at some point. I like the highlights, but an entire game would be much better.

  9. TJ

    August 5, 2011

    ANY news on slamball coming to England so i can do a try out and watch Sean Jackson and Stan Fletcher and other play for real life?

    thanks for a great sport

    • Adam Grant

      August 15, 2011

      how about Slamball coming to Australia.. i would love to try out.
      and to see it live..
      other then that.. when will it be coming back to tv? and a new season starting?

  10. Carson

    August 4, 2011

    I’m a huge slamball fan and I just found out about it I’m 14 and I live in texas and gets so hot it’s hard to do an outdoor game and instead of playing video games all day this could be something I could do so I hope they make alot of slamball gym

  11. jerriel

    July 28, 2011

    hey mason! Love Slamball! how many years has slamball been in existence?

  12. Alex Madden

    July 24, 2011

    Hey Mason, I just wanna say that i’m a huge slamball fan. i watched it when it was on spike and i’ve always wanted to play slamball. i am fifteen years old, turnin 16 in august and i wanted to know is there an age limit for slamball? and if there is, how old do you have to be?

    • _mas

      July 26, 2011

      Hey Alex! Thanks for writing. You have to be 18 to try out for the pro teams, but we’re working towards gyms where you’ll be able to play. We have an announcement coming about the first one overseas. SlamBall gyms in the US won’t be far behind. Thanks for the support and we always love to hear your comments and input.

      • Alex Madden

        July 26, 2011

        Your welcome. oh and whenever you get some courts in the US could get one here in kentucky? if u can that would be awesome and i hope i get a chance to meet you one of these days.

      • David

        August 27, 2011

        Really looking forward to more great seasons of slam ball mason!! possibly a game for 360? haha anyway like someone else mentioned. if you work out getting courts bring one to kentucky. There are so many slam ball fans here. People who dont even like basketball like slamball. keep up the good work!!

  13. Sawyer

    July 22, 2011

    hey I love the sport but im thirteen and live in utah is there a recreation league of some sort or do I have to wait till the pro tryouts???

    • _mas

      July 26, 2011

      Sawyer, we’re working on rec league type activities. Probably the first thing is going to be one facility with a Summer camp and it will grow from there. Stay tuned.

  14. Will

    July 21, 2011

    What station will slamball be on when it comes back on t.v. and will slamball ever have courts that just regular people can play on? Slamball should have a draft so people would know more about the incoming players.

    • _mas

      July 26, 2011

      Will, thanks for the comment. We’re working on courts for people to learn the game and play for fun and semi-serious – in addition to the pro teams. We’ve always had a draft, but are thinking of making it more publicized. We’re sitting on 40,000 player applications through the website, so the talent next season coming in will be pretty amazing.

  15. Richard Gill

    July 14, 2011

    What about comin up to New York.

    • _mas

      July 15, 2011

      Very eager to play SlamBall in NY. We’ve been talking to a lot of different groups (including MSG) about exactly that.

  16. Alberto Costa

    June 27, 2011

    Hello Mr. Gordon,
    Im from Portugal, and i want to open a league with your invented sport (Slamball).
    I think here, it would be unforgettable.
    I know its far away from LA, but its worthy.

    Best regards,
    Alberto Costa

  17. Tom

    June 23, 2011

    What do i need to do to be a slamball player?

  18. Lorenzo

    June 20, 2011

    To Mr. Gordon and the great sport that is Slamball,
    I have been a fan of you and your crazy sport since season one and I have been applying since. My question is, if you decide to expand to other cities, is there a possibility of expanding to Chicago or Indianapolis and if so, could I tryout to make the team since I live near my hometown Chicago and live in indianapolis currently?

    Thanks,

    • Mason Gordon

      June 22, 2011

      Lorenzo, thanks for writing. We are working on expansion and the midwest is of keen interest to us. We will make tryouts open to everyone we can for the upcoming season.

  19. Tom

    June 15, 2011

    When Slamball coming to England?
    Any news on new players?

  20. Eric

    June 12, 2011

    where can i buy tickets?

  21. Connor c

    May 22, 2011

    Mason gordon i live in indiana and if you didnt know not a lot happens here. I am 13 yrs old and is it possible to get a game in indianapolis. Thanks and plz say something back

    • Mason Gordon

      May 22, 2011

      Connor, thanks for writing. One of our coaches in from Indiana and has been exploring our putting on a tournament in Indianapolis. I sure hope we’ll be able to come there and play some games.

    • Lorenzo

      June 20, 2011

      I feel the same way. I been applying since I was 16 and when I found slamball on TV.

  22. Tom

    May 20, 2011

    In the slamball film talk about slamball and show people what this slamball. In the cast have slamball players and coachs like Stan Fletcher, Mason Gordon, Ken Carter,Sean Jackson,LaMonica Garrett. Also have the filmn shot in New York City USA,Germany,Portugal,France.Have the slamball film shot in 3D.

  23. Tom

    May 17, 2011

    Why do you make slamball in a film and make slamball 3D?

  24. Maxwell

    May 15, 2011

    Dear Mason Gordon,
    Could you guys come to New York City or Long Island for a game? I’m 10 years old & a HHHHUUUUGGGGEEEE fan of Slamball. Also, where do you buy tickets to Slamball? Please write back. P.S Thank’s 4 making Slamball! Ur awesome!

    • Mason Gordon

      May 19, 2011

      Hey Maxwell, thanks for writing. We are very much looking forward to bringing SlamBall live to NYC and we’re having a lot of discussions with groups out there to make it happen. We’re working hard to set some dates for the new season. Stay tuned to the website/facebook/twitter for info.

  25. Justin

    May 8, 2011

    Where can i find a schedule of like when teams play and stuff? and also is slamball televised anymore? I used to watch it like everytime it was on. let me know

  26. Tom

    May 5, 2011

    Can you tell us who’s in and new teams? Will USA have a establishment of a national team?

  27. Tom

    May 3, 2011

    Will ea sports make a slamball video game soon?

  28. carolina e miguel

    May 3, 2011

    Hi maison, how much we enjoyed the Slamball, we decided to do a job to submit to our school. We are from Portugal and squeamish to know more about tema.Nós’d like to know the rules and functions of the gunners, blockers and the organizers.

  29. Ben

    May 2, 2011

    Mason,
    I am currently using your sport in a physics project for my high school. Is there a layer of rubber that is put on the rim before the hoop is assembled?

    • Ben

      May 2, 2011

      *for play

  30. Alejandra Silva

    May 2, 2011

    Hey Manson! Let me just congratulate you and Mike for the existence of Slamball. I am a huge basketball fan I now we have this amazing sport that it’s like an upgrade. :)

    Yeah, we need some SlamBall in Portugal! And it deserves to be spread all around the world.

    ;)

    • Mason Gordon

      May 2, 2011

      Alejandra, thanks for writing. Mike and I appreciate your kind words very much. Excited about the prospect of bringing SlamBall to portugal. Hope to meet you at an event there!

  31. Tom

    May 2, 2011

    Why are here no squads on this website?

  32. Carlos Leal

    April 28, 2011

    Joao Marques said it all, I would like to practice SlamBall in Portugal too…
    This sport deserves to be an Worldwide Sport no doubt…

    • Mason Gordon

      May 1, 2011

      Thanks, hoping we find a SlamBall superstar in Portugal and establish a Portuguese team to play in future tournaments.

  33. Tom

    April 27, 2011

    What should i do if i want to join slamball but i don’t be in primary sport and i come uk?

    • Mason Gordon

      May 1, 2011

      Tom, everyone who comes to SlamBall events will be invited to participate in activities on the SlamBall court, so you’ll be able to learn SlamBall. As far as making a team, it’s highly competitive and there are a lot of really amazing athletes that don’t make SlamBall teams. Not saying you can’t beat the odds, just want you to know what you’re getting into.

      • Tom

        May 2, 2011

        Can you help me to become a slamball player beause that’s what i want to become a slamball in the future?

        • Mason Gordon

          May 2, 2011

          You are always welcome to try out for the pros as long as you’re 18 years or older. We’re working on a few things that will make SlamBall more accessible for people that want to train and work towards their dream. All I can say is that it takes a lot of work and there are some REALLY great athletes that don’t make the cut at tryouts. You have to have special skills to make the pro SlamBall teams.

          • Tom

            May 3, 2011

            I’m 19 years what do i need to first and top athletes can help improve.I known how to play basketball.

  34. João Marques

    April 26, 2011

    Hey Mason, i would like to know if you are planning to add more teams on the next season? Im doing a work about Slamball for the university, Im from lisbon In Portugal and i follow all the episodes of Slamball on Sic Radical(where is broadcast) since the beginning. Did you know at first that you were gonna have so much sucess on creating this sport? I mean, many people love NBA due to its spetacularity, and Slamball have it all!
    Do you think that you can make Slamball a Worldwide Sport?Any plans for it?

    By the way, for when a tournament here in Portugal? and an amateur tournament where everyone can participate, Slamball is very popular here in Portugal among youth.

    Best regards from Portugal,

    João

  35. Matt

    April 16, 2011

    Hey Mason, what kind of relative costs go into creating a SlamBall facility and what environment friendly concerns do you use?

  36. Filipe Domingues

    April 16, 2011

    Hello, I´m Portuguese and I really like to see SlamBall, I want to know if SlamBall courts may be in Portugal soon?

  37. Tom

    April 15, 2011

    whats the news on new players for slamball?

  38. Tom

    April 8, 2011

    A good idea for a new slamball team tell what you think?
    The new team call The Los Angeles Lakers after the basketball team and the same colours

    and team squadis

    Handlers
    24 Vince Carter basketball
    51 Philip Champion basketball

    Gunners
    3 Jonny Wilkinson rugby
    5 Reggie Bush nfl
    8 Stan Fletcher slamball
    99 Lamonica Garrett slamball

    Stoppers
    9 Didier Drogba soccer
    32 Thierry Henry soccer
    66 Chad Ochocinco nfl

  39. Tom

    April 1, 2011

    All the SlamBall teams should start next seanson are:
    Rumble
    Mob
    Bouncers
    Slashers
    Diablos
    Steal
    Riders
    Bandits
    Maulers
    Hombres
    UK
    Italy
    China
    and more national teams and club teams

  40. Tom

    March 26, 2011

    why don’t you do a slamball game staring soccer players, basketball,football/rugby ?

    Staring

    Vince Carter basketball
    Philip Champion basketball
    Jonny Wilkinson rugby
    Reggie Bush football /NLF
    Thierry Henry soccer

  41. Daniel

    March 25, 2011

    im just wondering if id be ok for starting up slamball, im 14 and im about 5’10 185 pounds, and also where is the nearest court to new hampshire

  42. Aaron

    March 25, 2011

    where is slamball held at?

  43. Max

    March 23, 2011

    Hey me again. I was wondering what network and if you had made any deals with television networks and when you think the season will start.

  44. Max

    March 22, 2011

    Slam Ball is awesome!
    Hey Mason I was wondering if slam ball will be show on live TV in the US. Also I’ve looked every where but could not find the locations of courts and how to get tickets. you said at 13 years old you could start, how can i get that information?
    !!!!Thanks for creating this amazing sport!!!

    • Mason Gordon

      March 23, 2011

      Max, thanks for writing. Yes, SlamBall will be on TV in the US and all around the world. We don’t have locations or event schedules quite yet. Anyone over 13 years old can apply to get on the SlamBall court at our events. We’ve done that at a few events already and it’s a monster success. We will announce all ticket information, events, schedules and times on this website. Thanks for the support!

  45. tom

    March 20, 2011

    can soccer stars play slamball

    • Mason Gordon

      March 20, 2011

      I would think they can. I wonder if they can shoot the ball.

  46. tom

    March 20, 2011

    have you done a deal with a other country and can you get slamball in a other country?

    • Mason Gordon

      March 20, 2011

      Yes, we’re have several international deals in place.

  47. tom

    March 19, 2011

    have slamball signs an national teams?

    • Mason Gordon

      March 19, 2011

      I don’t understand “signs”, but yes, we are very much planning on establishing national teams from UK, Italy, China, etc.

  48. tom

    March 19, 2011

    Can retired athletics play slamball and can boxers play?

  49. ck

    March 12, 2011

    Hey Mason, love the sport! Everything about it is action packed and amazing! The sport is not even 10 years old and people of all ages want more Slamball! If you could email me, i have some ideas that i think could help you grow the game! Also you need to get this sport on national TV! I have emailed all my local sports stations (from Canada) letting them know they need to bring Slamball to the scene! I think that I speak for all fans of this sport when i say: I’m very I’ll, and the only cure. Is much more Slamball!

  50. tom

    March 10, 2011

    Hello Mason i got some questions

    1 Will Vince Carter and Philip Champion be join slamball?
    2 Will slamball be in england?
    3 Will slamball have more teams?
    4 Will slamball sign up with sky sports or bbc?
    5 Will slamball websie have a online shop?

  51. Curtis

    February 26, 2011

    Another question i have is, is there going to be a draft before or after the season to deside witch team the rookies go to?

  52. Curtis

    February 26, 2011

    Hi Mason, Is there any good slamball prospects to start in the next season, Like a next Garrett or Fletcher?

    • Mason Gordon

      March 3, 2011

      Yes, we’ve actually received tens of thousands of player applications and are in contact with a large number of very talented prospects. We’ll see how they do once they get into a real SlamBall training camp, but the talent coming into the sport looks to be very impressive.

  53. ryan

    February 23, 2011

    where are the games held?

  54. nicole

    February 21, 2011

    girls could play ? :D

    • Mason Gordon

      February 21, 2011

      Of course, looking to start off with two girls teams to play demo games during the events and who knows? Maybe one day there will be a girls’ SlamBall league.

  55. neil

    February 20, 2011

    would have been great to see slamball part of the nba all star weekend but I knew that would not have happened, I love basketball but slamball is more exciting that basketball. the hits the dunks you cant beat that! keep pushing mason, cant wait to see you guys on tv and on cable. I would love to try it out do u guys have an age limitation and are you guys coming to atlanta?

    • Mason Gordon

      February 21, 2011

      Neil, you can get on the court if you’re 13 years or older and pro tryouts start at 18. We’ve held tryouts and events in Atlanta before, so I’m sure we’ll be back in the A-T-L.

  56. jerriel

    February 16, 2011

    Dear Mason, I love Slamball and cant wait to see it again! i heard about the tv Deal form the website Congrats! I wanted to know if you guys are going to be at the NBA all-star game? i would love to learn how to use the tramps!

    • Mason Gordon

      February 17, 2011

      Thanks Jerriel, the NBA All-Star setup didn’t work out, but we are making some progress on other fronts. Hope to be able to make some announcements before too long. Would love to meet you at a SlamBall event and get you out on the court. Thanks for the support!

  57. AnthonyB

    February 16, 2011

    Has there been any discussion on possible TV slots that would otherwise be filled with NFL games when the NFL has a lockout for next season?

    I just read an interesting article on all the crap they put on TV during the last lockout; they have nothing on Slamball.

    I always thought the only thing holding Slamball back was that the games were played at odd hours, if you could somehow grab a Sunday afternoon slot on a network…that’d be big.

    • Mason Gordon

      February 17, 2011

      Anthony, thanks for the comment. You’re pretty much right on target – the one time we aired SlamBall on CBS after an NFL game, we did great ratings. We’ll get there. It’s only a matter of time.

  58. Brandon C

    February 14, 2011

    Hey Mason, I know this must be a repetitive question but I just have to ask. Will you be having possible open tryouts to get into the league?

    • Mason Gordon

      February 14, 2011

      Yes, we WILL be holding open tryouts for the league as soon as we get the dates set.
      We can’t say exactly when that will be. Working on sponsor deals as we speak.

  59. Anthony

    January 18, 2011

    Hey, Mason What Channel Will Slamball Be On For TV In The US?

    • Mason Gordon

      January 19, 2011

      Hi Anthony, we have a deal, but can’t quite announce it yet. As soon as the sponsor deals get done, we’ll make a big announcement on the website – front and center.

      • AJ

        January 27, 2011

        i want to be in slamball but im 14 could i make it i want to be a gunner and how many teams were there in slamball history and name all of them and tell me when slamball comes on and the channel. Thank you

        • Mason Gordon

          January 31, 2011

          All the SlamBall teams were:

          Rumble
          Mob
          Bouncers
          Slashers
          Diablos
          Steal
          Riders
          Bandits
          Maulers
          Hombres

          You have to be 18 to try out for professional SlamBall, but we’re looking to start camps where teenagers can play and maybe train to become pros.

          • Mathew Freedman

            February 6, 2011

            you should open slamball camps across the US because every one I know would go to it. It is my dream to become a SlamBall player i just need to practice!

  60. Anthony

    January 16, 2011

    I WANT SLAMBALL IS THERE GOING 2 BE ANOTHER SEASON IN2011 AND WHAT CHANNEL WILL IT BE ON?

  61. Darren

    January 5, 2011

    When is Slamball going to be on TV again?

  62. JJ

    January 4, 2011

    how old do you have to be to play in the league?

  63. Austin Malcolm

    January 3, 2011

    Mason, is there any chance there will be a slamball game in Florida? If so where will it be? I LOVE SLAMBALL!!!

    • Mason Gordon

      January 3, 2011

      Hi Austin – well, I did grow up for a few years in Jacksonville, so I’m really looking forward to establishing the sport there in a major way. We’re working on some touring options. If things come together like we think they will, we’ll be coming to almost every major city. And when we do, we can get fans on the court to try SlamBall – so that will be a fun part of it.

  64. Tone

    December 31, 2010

    Where or how can I watch slamball

    • Mason Gordon

      December 31, 2010

      We’ve got a new TV deal and we’re working on sponsorship. Hope to be able to announce something soon. We’re also working on putting full games on the website for people to watch.

      • John Andrade

        January 25, 2011

        Have you tried livestream.com all you would need is some cameras and you can host live games right on the website for all the fans to see and you would control when the games would be on, if you need more information on just go to the website

        • Mason Gordon

          January 31, 2011

          John – thanks for writing – yes, we’ve talked to livestream and a couple more options to broadcast entire games.
          We envision being able to do that with the website with our overseas tournaments and the games we put on here
          that aren’t in our TV package.

  65. PJ

    December 29, 2010

    Hello Mason! How can I get on one of these Slamball teams??? Im ready!

    • Mason Gordon

      December 31, 2010

      Thanks for writing PJ – If you’ve filled out a player application, your submission will be reviewed and, if you have some background the coaches like, contacted by someone in the athletic department prior to the next set of tryouts. We’re always looking for talented players, so if you’ve got the heart and athletic ability..we’d love to see you take a shot out there.

      • PJ

        January 6, 2011

        Thanks for getting back to me so soon Mason.

        • Mason Gordon

          January 6, 2011

          Happy to PJ! We appreciate your interest and hopefully, you’ll get the shot you’re looking for.

  66. Trish Ostrander

    December 27, 2010

    Who’s your #1 player that has the ”IT” factor for the new season??? Annnd when and where in the L.A. area can I see these awesome players in action??? Soooooo looking forward to it!!! Men…air…dunks..hits…Ohhhh yeah baby!

    • Mason Gordon

      December 28, 2010

      Thanks for writing Trish…we’re working on a possible event at All-Star this Feb and a new season, most likely will happen in LA. We’ll make sure to get you tickets to the games when we get it set up. As far as players, there’s so many great players…guys to really watch for in the next season would be Stan Fletcher, Scott Campbell (really starting to dominate), Corey Beezhold, Jelani Janisse, Lamonica Garrett, etc. There’s one guy that might come out of left field to really dominate and that’s James Lee. There’s a big feature story coming about James Lee. He’s really a big talent. 6’6″ 250lbs and ridiculously strong & athletic.

      • Trish Ostrander

        January 21, 2011

        Damn…thats a BIG boy…lol..I gots see that !! Yes I am going to the All Star event in Feb.! So glad its all coming together..sure you are all working hard to bring the perfect Slamball season 4…<3

        • Mason Gordon

          January 22, 2011

          We are grinding hard to set up the next season. The All-Star things looks pretty shaky at this point.
          Season four will be better than season three in EVERY way.

  67. Phillip

    December 10, 2010

    What ever happened to the LVP

    • Mason Gordon

      December 11, 2010

      GREAT QUESTION!!! Thanks Phillip!

      The LVP is a thing that Mike and I came up with and thought it was a good idea to (1) make fun of ourselves a little bit and (2) point at the player that may have obviously cost the losing team the game. We figured if you could celebrate the MVP, why not at least acknowledge that there was an LVP in circumstances when a critical miss, bad shot or pass cost the victory.

      I was the very first LVP in the first televised game, so nobody could really complain since I was willing to take the blame just like anyone else who underperformed. When the second season rolled around, there was a really big sports producer who got involved to bring some more production value to the sport and we got into this huge knockdown, drag out conflict about the LVP. He said you couldn’t have that kind of feature and be taken seriously. He had produced Super Bowls and Olympics and that kind of thing, so we listened to him. I still hate that we took it out and we always talk about bringing it back to stay. Hopefully, the LVP will forever be a part of SlamBall going forward.

  68. Curtis

    December 5, 2010

    If there is a new season would it be played in canada. I have been watching slamball for almost two years or so.

    • Mason Gordon

      December 6, 2010

      thanks for writing. We’re working with a few people on bringing SlamBall to Canada. Lots of conversations, but nothing concrete yet. I can’t wait until we get more Canadian players into SlamBall. Canadians know how to hit people!

  69. Alex

    December 4, 2010

    hey, is there any way i can watch slamball in the UK?
    and any way i can get into playin it?

  70. john

    November 30, 2010

    I love slamball! I have a court at my house . will there be another season???????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mason Gordon

      December 2, 2010

      John, thanks for following SlamBall.net. We are working on the deal for the new season now and will announce it on this site. Keep checking back for new features and content uploads. We upload stuff every day.

  71. Curtis

    November 28, 2010

    Is there going to be another slamball season?

    • Mason Gordon

      December 2, 2010

      Curtis, , thanks for following SlamBall.net – we’re working on the deal for the new season. We will be announcing it on this site. Keep checking back for new features, exclusives and content uploads. We upload stuff every day.

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