Ice Cube Willing to Move BIG3 from T-Mobile Arena for Mayweather vs. McGregor

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2017

Former NBA player and players union deputy Roger Mason, left, listens as entertainer Ice Cube, right, announces the launch of the BIG3, a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Ice Cube is willing to help avoid a scheduling conflict with the superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor as long as the promoters behind the bout are willing to meet his asking price.

Mayweather vs. McGregor is scheduled for Aug. 26 in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena, which is the date of the BIG3 basketball league's title game in the same venue. On FS1's Undisputed on Monday (via TMZ Sports), Ice Cube said he'd allow Mayweather and McGregor to have the arena as long as their representatives "do what they're supposed to do and make us happy."

UFC President Dana White confirmed last Wednesday that Mayweather vs. McGregor was planned for T-Mobile Arena. Perhaps in response to the announcement, the BIG3's official Twitter account shared a photo of the arena with its logo featured on the outside two days later:

The BIG3 basketball league begins play June 25 in Brooklyn, New York, with games scheduled in eight more cities before moving to Las Vegas for the championship.

TMZ Sports reported Saturday officials from the Mayweather and McGregor camps have been working to move the BIG3 title game to MGM Grand Garden Arena.

ESPN's Darren Rovell projected Mayweather vs. McGregor could earn $77.1 million in ticket sales and another $475 million in pay-per-view sales. Representatives of the two fighters will likely find a way to compensate Ice Cube and the BIG3 league to facilitate a move outside T-Mobile Arena.