The Dallas Mavericks are now in the Guinness Book of World Records after hosting the largest game of basketball “knockout” of all-time. The Mavericks and their collective MFFL’s (Mavs Fan For Life) took care of business outside their home at the American Airlines Arena.
From the Mavericks’ media release:
By 4:15pm yesterday evening, 701 MFFLs (Mavs Fan For Life) had lined-up after the annual 103.3FM ESPN Fan Jam on AT&T Plaza of American Airlines Center to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest Game of Basketball Knockout presented by FanDuel. Mark Cuban came to scope out the scene prior to the event to make sure there would be enough participation. “We know there’s a lot going on tonight… Go Rangers!” he said. “But we love our dedicated fans. We’re going to break the record tonight!”
Mark Followill, commentator for the Mavs, was on hand to tip-off the contest, along with DJ Joe Ramirez who spun tunes and kept over 1,000 in attendance on the plaza entertained for 3.5 hours. FanDuel hosted the Mavs ManiAACs, Dancers, a bar and photobooth in the FanDuel Fan Zone for knocked-out participants, and family members and friends of the participants hung-out around the barrier to cheer everyone on.
It took 27 rounds and over 3 hours to get to the final 10 participants in line, and just another 4 minutes to get to the final 2.
The contest was eventually won by 22 year-old John Diggs of Dallas and he received 2015-2016 Mavericks Season Tickets. A sensational prize!
Fun Fact: The record was previously held by the Brooklyn Nets with what now seems like a super lame 629 participants in 2014. This could become a thing…
What other games would you like to see over 700 people attempt to complete? H-O-R-S-E could get pretty messy…