October 4, 2010 12:36 am
by Alkarim Nasser
AgencyBall Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre
For those of us keeping up with the first #agencyball season – you’ll know it has been quite a ride.
A 7 week tournament between 8 teams playing 3-on-3 basketball set the tone for Summer 2011. What started off as a friendly challenge between #BNOTIONS and #thebizmedia led to a league the whole community came to enjoy.
When starting #agencyball we decided to create a league where people can network, share their basketball passion and get fit in the process. #thebizmedia (being content kings) wanted to share these experiences with more than just the people on the court and broadcasted every game through live stream. Within a week of sending out our first tweet – over 50 people responded with interest.
Powered by Google Docs – the league slowly began to form, much like a start-up- connecting one piece with the next until it became fully operational.
The league itself was something to watch. Friendly rivalries began to form and the live stream became the center of some serious evening entertainment. It got pretty nasty (in a good way) during an epic Game 3 battle between Jet Cooper and BNOTIONS West. Besides the jujitsu moves, frustrations and disagreements- our game got cut short due to time constraints. BNOTIONS West at the time was down 2 games to 1, but up 7-4 for the win. After the game a feeling of incompleteness plagued our teams. We decided to send our friends at Jet Cooper a little “get well” present to keep their morale up until we got to finish off our game… which we won, btw…
Jet Cooper’s response here: http://vimeo.com/13362116
By the end of the 7 weeks our top four teams (Hermann Audrey, Jet Cooper, TheBizMedia and BNOTIONS West) were headed for the playoffs. A one day playoff would be the decider. When you put a bunch of entrepreneurs together there is no limit to how far they can go- even when it comes to an even for-fun basketball league. Guy Gal proved that when he reached out to Jonathan Sinden (@BigThinkerJon) to try and host the finals at the Air Canada Center. It wasn’t an easy feat, but Jonathan made it happen.
So the day we’ve been waiting for all goes down tomorrow (Monday, October 4th, 2010) -
That being said – we’ve already started planning Season 2. We hear all the excitement and with more demand we’ll be looking at a bigger and better league with more teams and players. A few folks have reached out to help volunteer for next season – we are already looking for score keepers, communication leads, etc.
Email Guy Gal (email@example.com) or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Visit http://www.agencyball.com tomorrow for the livestream.