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GMGB: The Future Is Now

The ladies showing out on the court was a given but you know they had to bring it with the kicks too.

There are very few revolutionary moments in sports, but the Global Mixed Gender Basketball League may be one. The Global Mixed Gender Basketball League (GMGB) combines entertainment and high level basketball together like we’ve never seen done before. Professional men and women compete on the same court while celebrities watched from the sideline. The concept is hard to visualize without the live product in front of you. But one thing is for certain, it’s nothing like anything you’ve ever seen before.

Former WNBA players, Nikki Teasley and Sonia Chase, served as coaches for the Washington Fusion. Many often remember Teasley for her game winning three pointer to lock up the 2002 WNBA Championship for the Los Angeles Sparks. Chase also spent two years in the WNBA with the Charlotte Sting. They brought every piece of their knowledge and basketball experience to GMGB and the on-court product was evident of that.

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The buckets were indiscriminately handed out as the women went straight at the men and vice versa. Washington’s roster was also loaded with pros. Tiffany Bias, Adrianne Ross and Joyce Ekworomadu all have WNBA experience while Akilah Bethel and Erin Lawless tear it up overseas. Seeing women and men share the court is a beautiful thing and the folks at GMGB have executed this vision very well.

It’s only right that this event took place at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, which is the home of the 2019 WNBA Champion Washington Mystics. The reigning WNBA champs are definitely trendsetters and some of the greatest ambassadors for the women’s game.

The ladies showing out on the court was a given but you know they had to bring it with the kicks too. Tiffany Bias went to work in the Jordan “Why Not” Zer0.2 while Akilah Bethel showed out in the Kyrie Low 2 Sunset.

If you’ve been paying attention you know lady hoopers are going to do two things: get buckets and be fly. The ladies definitely didn’t disappoint on either front. In the words of the great philosopher, Deion Sanders, “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good.”

The mixed gender concept is a new wave that isn’t crashing anytime soon. GMGB owns six teams in major cities (New York, Chicago, Miami, D.C., New Orleans, Atlanta) with each club having a celebrity owner. They get you in the building with the excitement, fanfare and glamour and then captivate you with top notch hoops.

Be on the lookout for more from Global Mixed Gender Basketball. The league is growing. They are looking to have another game in the early part of 2020. If you didn’t get a chance to catch the action in D.C., hopefully they’ll come to a city near you next.

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Raymond Lyons
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Hoops Enthusiast. Self Proclaimed Genius. Native Washingtonian. And I know the first and last names of every character on The Simpsons. I have a deep passion for the game of basketball. I have played, reffed, coached and now reporting / blogging.

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