The Basketball Tournament is one of the most unique events in basketball. Open to anyone over the age of 18, applicants are selected to compete in a field of 24 teams based on what teams and organizations they’ve played for in the past. The field is typically much larger, but was minimized in 2020 due to covid.
Rules are similar to NCAA men’s rules, with some exceptions, including the “Elam Ending” which began with The Basketball Tournament and has now been adopted in other tournaments and organizations. During an Elam Ending, the clock is turned off halfway through the fourth quarter, and a target score is set. When a team reaches that target score, the game is over. This eliminates overtime and the fouling plan often used by trailing-teams in the last few minutes of a game.
The winning team at the end of the tournament receives a winner-take-all price of one million dollars, split amongst the players. Past teams, such as the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni, have donated the winnings to charity.