NEW YORK – The NBA 2K League today announced the competition structure for the 2019 season. The 18-week season will begin Tuesday, April 2 with THE TIPOFF and will conclude Saturday, Aug. 3 with the 2019 NBA 2K League Finals. The complete schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
All regular-season games will take place at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in Long Island City, New York, and will be livestreamed on Twitch. Weekly regular-season matchups will shift to the following times for the 2019 season: Wednesdays from 6-11 p.m. ET, Thursdays from 6- 10 p.m. ET and Fridays from 6-11 p.m. ET.
Additionally, all 21 teams will have three bye weeks during the season, along with a league-wide bye week from July 3 – 5. Teams will play a total of 16 regular-season games.
As part of the league’s efforts to reach an international audience, the NBA 2K League will rebroadcast a “Game of the Day” in a primetime evening viewing slot for fans in Europe.
Identical to the 2018 season, the 2019 season will feature three in-season tournaments, THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET. Tournament results will not count toward a team’s 16- game regular-season record but will serve as a tiebreaker for the playoffs.
The 2019 NBA 2K League Playoffs will tip off Wednesday, July 24 and will take place over three days of gameplay. The seven teams with the best regular-season records and the winner of THE TICKET are guaranteed playoff spots. If THE TICKET winner has one of the league’s top eight records, then the top eight teams will make the playoffs.
The NBA 2K League will award $1.2 million in prize money across the three in-season tournaments and playoffs. Additional information is available here.
Additional details regarding the 2019 tournaments, playoffs and Finals will be announced at a later date.
April 2-6:THE TIPOFF
May 9-11: THE TURN
June 13-15: THE TICKET
July 3-5: League-Wide Bye Week
July 17-19: Final week of Regular Season
July 24-26: 2019 NBA 2K League Playoffs
August 3: 2019 NBA 2K League Finals