Because competition on court won’t win them anything, team captains have to devise means of exciting fans to win their vote at the end of every game.
The annual Friday Night Light (FNL) basketball tips off this evening at the YMCA, Wandegeya with the fans carrying all the authority in determining who walks away with a win and Shs300,000.
This year’s event, the seventh edition, is planned to involve fans as a way of curbing the competition that had squeezed the fun bit of it out of FNL.
Organizers have chosen to let the champion be decided entirely by the fans through online voting that will be done every after a game.
The new format will require the winner on the night to be decided through online voting, regardless of who wins the game on the floor.
It is the kind of entertainment the team will serve the fans with that will either win them votes to take the night or favour the opposition.
There will be giant screens to keep track of the voting as a way of being transparent throughout the season.
The trick for the team captains is to have players capable of pulling off entertaining stunts rather than those who can score or play defense like the case is in regular basketball.
“It is something new and we think it will keep the fans involved,” FNL director Tom Ocamringa said ahead of the first night.
Each team will be required to have 3 National Basketball League players, 2 ladies, 3 fans and 2 players from the two lower divisions of Ugandan basketball.
Defending champion Jonah Otim, one of the five captains who managed to retain their slots in the event, instead believes the game will be robbed of the entertainment that usually attracts the fans to FNL.