NOTE: After I published this item, people started calling the Georgetown ticket office, as instructed, in an attempt to buy tickets. The Georgetown ticket office, though, apparently didn’t know anything about this game. I’ve since been told that the venue is actually Coolidge High, despite the Web site and press release and promo video touting McDonough as the location. I’ve edited out the references to McDonough that were previously in this item; don’t bother trying to buy tickets from Georgetown, because that isn’t happening. I’m gonna insert a Caveat Emptor on this whole thing pretty soon.
UPDATE: I’m now told that the move to Coolidge was made because a deal couldn’t be reached with Georgetown in time. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at Downtown Locker Room on Friday the 29th; they’ll cost $25 for general admission and $60 for VIP floor seats, with a $3 DTLR surcharge. You also might be able to get tickets at GoGoRadio.com.
The Aug. 20 showdown between D.C.’s Goodman League and L.A.’s Drew League — which I mentioned earlier this week — took another step toward reality. There is now a venue — Coolidge High, apparently — and a time — 6:30 p.m. — according to a new site promoting the game. There’s also a name, Capital Punishment, the same name used by the WWE for its big D.C. show in June. There’s probably a lesson there, but I’m going to pretend there isn’t.
Anyhow, here’s the key hype paragraph from the release:
Let the trash talking begin. This game is not about the money. It’s not about a contract. And it sure ain’t about a lockout. It’s about pride. It’s about respect. It’s about repping your city. And it’s about bragging rights. Reputations will be made, and reputations will be lost. The countdown to CAPITAL PUNISHMENT has begun. Call it what you want, but it all goes down Saturday night, August 20th, 2011, at 6:30pm....This game will be historic. Don’t miss any of the action as the best basketball players from Los Angeles’ famed Drew League face off against the best basketball players from Washington D.C.’s legendary Goodman League. Summer bragging rights are on the line as The Basketball Channel presents the ultimate pro-am summer league showdown, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.
I wouldn’t tell your grandkids who you saw just yet, but the release says D.C.’s roster is scheduled to include John Wall, Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson, Tyreke Evans, Michael Beasley, DeMarcus Cousins, Sam Young and Donte Greene, which isn’t a bad roster. L.A.’s tentative roster includes James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Young, Brandon Jennings, JaVale McGee, Marcus Williams, Pooh Jeter and Craig Smith. D.C. has to be a sizable favorite here, if everyone plays.
Most importantly, tickets. The Web site says tickets are (or will be) available at Downtown Locker Room and at future Goodman League games at Barry Farm. The site says the game will “be videotaped for future broadcast.” And it says all sponsor and media requests should be submitted through here.