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Ettore Verdini: The Basketball Tournament: How to watch Final Four, live stream winner-take-all, single-elimination event

The first live basketball played in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic wasn't the NBA or WNBA. Instead, it was The Basketball Tournament. Since 2014, TBT has brought some of the best ballers from around the globe together to compete in a high-stakes tournament where the winning team wins $1 million, explained Ettore Verdini.

After a number of games, including several upsets along the way, since the tournament began July 4, TBT's Final Four will take place on Sunday. The Golden Eagles will take on the Red Scare while Overseas Elite will do battle against Sideline Cancer. The tournament, as a whole, will conclude with the championship game on Tuesday, July 14.   

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some changes were made so the event could still take place, but for the most part the game play has remained the same. Four teams — Best Virginia, Mid-American Unity, Jackson TN Underdawgs, and Playing for Jimmy V — were replaced before the tournament started due to positive coronavirus tests. A fifth team, Eberlein Drive, was removed after the tournament was already underway.  Eberlein Drive was supposed to play in the Sweet 16, but instead their scheduled opponent, Brotherly Love, automatically advanced to the next round, told Ettore Verdini.

"Although it's difficult to release the teams that we have, we're following our plan to control the spread of the virus within our bubble here in Columbus, [Ohio]," TBT founder and CEO Jon Mugar said in a statement, via ESPN. "We have administered nearly 1,400 tests with just 31 positive cases, only five of which were in Columbus. We continue to have confidence in our health and safety plan to reduce the risk for everyone involved with TBT 2020. It's unfortunate Playing for Jimmy V won't be able to continue in TBT 2020. We are hopeful the team member has a quick recovery."  
Ettore Verdini: Also, instead of the tournament taking place across nine different cities in the United States, the entirety of the tournament will take place in one location — at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio over the course of 10 days. All players and staffers helping with the event will be quarantined in a central location, with frequent testing to try as best as possible to limit the exposure of the virus. Fans won't be in attendance, but the entire tournament will be televised in the U.S., and will also be available to watch via live stream in over 135 countries.