Jumpshot Live wants to be the Top Golf of basketball:


According to their Instagram page, the first one is coming to Atlanta. Detlef Schrempf, Phil Handy,and a former CEO of TopGolf are board members, according to the company website, so this seems legit. From the video it looks like there will be pods where you can shoot free throws and threes with friends. Other than that, there’s not much more to go off of. So what do I think of this?

I think it’s a TERRIBLE idea. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great concept, the mockups look sick, and their minds are in the right place. What happens though when the drinks start flowing and some guy challenges you to a jump shooting competition in front of your girl? No one is going to say no. Then one of you lose and you up the stakes with a 1-on-1 game that even the Bad Boy Pistons would admit had some fouls. Someone’s pride is hurt and next thing you know, the guy pulls a Raymond in White Men Can’t Jump, shoots everyone to the melody of Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” plays, and we just got the big story on Action News:

Again, their minds are in the right place, but I just can’t see how they avoid trouble. People treat pickup at LA Fitness like it’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals. This would be the worst date spot ever:

“How was it last night?”

“Terrible. He played five straight games of 21, lost them all, and fought the bouncer because he thought the hoop wasn’t regulation size.”

Still, if this comes to Philadelphia I’ll be first in line shooting my shot like Sandy Lyle in there.