Brian Sandifer, the director of Grassroots Sizzle, said his team was considering playing events in Iowa and Las Vegas. The Sizzle, which also include Hercy Miller, a son of the rapper Master P, are slated to play in the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament, scheduled from July 23 to 26. Three other major showcases are also slated for Las Vegas in July, including the Main Event, scheduled from July 8 to 12.
Nevada has had more than 17,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, with just over 500 reported deaths, mostly in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.
Gary Charles, who runs the Big Time event, said he was surprised to see the demand among teams for the Las Vegas events.
Normally, Charles said, he would take 1,000 teams for his event, but this year he will cap the number at 300. So far, more than 100 have committed, Charles said. Of those, 25 have already paid an entry fee of $475 or $675, depending on the age bracket.
“I’m going to have to stop this at some point,” Charles said in a phone interview. “Because of social distancing and the fact that I’m going to have to change game times to allow us to clean out the gyms after every game, we’re not going take as many teams as we normally do. So there’s going to be some disappointment.”