Everyone knows how the ongoing NFL and NBA lockouts are affecting the bottom line of both professional franchises and athletes affiliated with those leagues. What most people probably didn't know was that the trickle down affect is now making an impact on charity sports events aimed at raising money for charities that help high school students, too.
According to the Sacramento Bee, Saturday night's Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game, an annual charity affair thrown by former NFL linebacker and Sacramento native Adrian Ross, had to make a last minute move from the Power Balance Pavilion -- home of the Sacramento Kings -- to the much less glamorous Capital Christian Center.
The reason for the last minute venue change? Kings stars Donte Greene (pictured above) and Darnell Jackson were scheduled to play in the game, and once the NBA lockout began they were barred from all team facilities … including the Power Balance Pavilion.
"When we actually started off, they said they'd be able to play," Ross told the Bee. "Then it changed to that they wouldn't be able to go inside to play. So it definitely affected it."
Proceeds from the event is to be shared by the Roberts Family Development Center, U-CAN Go to College, Shriners Hospital and the Police Athletic League. The Family Development Center, U-CAN Go to College and Police Athletic League all contribute to helping area high school students and aspiring scholar athletes.
Despite the low wattage venue, Ross' celebrity game -- which had been on hiatus for two years after the former Bengal began a new role as a player agent -- featured more than a handful of significant locked out stars. In addition to Greene and Jackson, the Maddbacker game featured the likes of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and NFL stars Patrick Willis (49ers), Joey Porter (Cardinals) and Seneca Wallace (Browns).
Naturally, all those big names felt a little out of place on a court at the Capital Christian Center.
Most importantly, it helped raise a bucket load of cash for four different charities in the Sacramento area, even if it couldn't use the Power Balance Pavilion as part of the draw.
"Mark, he's come three times," Ross told the Bee of Cuban's involvement in his event. "He's donated $25,000. He's a very generous guy."
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