The NBA is approaching a deal with ESPN
to broadcast an H-O-R-S-E contest, which would include current NBA stars Chris Paul, Trae Young, Zach LaVine and Mike Conley.
The shot-by-shot game means that a player makes a basket – often a trick shot – and his opponent must make the same shot. If the other player misses it he will receive a letter. When he misses five shots – enough to spell H-O-R-S-E – he loses.
The NBA hosted an H-O-R-S-E competition as part of its All-Star Weekend in 2009 and 2010. It struggled to gain traction and was canceled after just two years. The NBA hosts events such as the Dunk Contest and the 3-point shootout during its All-Star Weekend.
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State Farm, the current sponsor of the event, will donate more than $ 200,000 on behalf of participants to charities focused on the coronavirus pandemic.
The event will be called The NBA HORSE Challenge is presented by State Farm.
With all major sports in the United States in hospitals and many people quarantining at home, the rating for this event can be great.
The NBA canceled its season on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic. There seems to be a growing pessimism about being able to restart the NBA season, according to ESPN.