Friday, June 24, 2016

Basketball! 4ballUSA™ 4ballWorld™ Treatment

This blog is an ongoing build and depository of stories, treatments, and scripts for a television show, movie, videos, basketball teams, and leagues. Everything here is part of the story and the treatment. Basketball is broken and can be fixed by moving to 4-on-4 full court.

Analytics guy

The analytics guy is heavy on statistics. He talks about the history of basketball using mathematics and highlights. How the Lew Alcindor rule against dunking set back basketball for nearly a decade (1967 to 1976). How the culture of the NBA also was against dunking at one point. He talks about and analyzes other rules in basketball over the years. He or she specifically talks about the three-point line and its impact on basketball and statistics. He talks about the size of the players and the talent of the players. All kinds of basketball records and basketball statistics are discussed with highlights whenever possible. The analytics person makes the mathematical case for 4-on-4, full-court basketball.

History guy

The history guy talks about basketball from a more emotional and passionate point of view. He talks about how the Lew Alcindor rule against dunking hurt people, and hurt the game of basketball. He talks about how Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He talks about Wilt Chamberlain. He talks about Showtime basketball. He talks about Phi Slama Jama® and the University of Houston. He talks about the American Basketball Association. He talks about the Harlem Globetrotters. Basketball highlights are used whenever possible.

Freedom guy

The freedom guy may be a separate character or may be built into another character (as is the case with all the characters). He talks about how the basketball players need to be set free. He talks about how the biggest, strongest, most talented can’t play their game anymore. There may be an episode comparing a famous basketball player to some literature. There may be many such episodes.

Referee guy

There may be a separate referee or rules guy that helps explain all the nuances of basketball rules and their effects over the years.


In one version of the television show, the producer, the director, and other typically behind-the-scenes personnel are put on screen, especially if they love basketball. The producer is an excellent character because he or she has to overcome obstacle after obstacle to get a television show off the ground, a movie off the ground, basketball teams off the ground, games played, tournaments done, and one or more basketball leagues started.

Basketball players

All kinds of former basketball players are talked to and the impact of rules and rule changes are discussed. Whenever possible highlights are used.

Father of 4-On-4, full-Court Basketball

One character is the major promoter of 4-on-4, full-court basketball. He essentially invented it and has been the driving force.


There are many sport leagues, amateur, recreational, semi professional, and professional. All of the people involved in these activities, CEOs, marketers, software writers, and others are characters to be used and developed. This also includes all of the players in those leagues.


Basketball in all mediums with the plot twist of 4-on-4, full-court is extremely important. Basketball is a billion-dollar industry. Basketball is the number one sport on social media around the world. That’s why this blog is all about basketball and how it can be improved by using 4-on-4, full-court. A better product can be created for TV, movies, and social media. This blog is the specific expression of all of the following: screenplays, TV pilots, novels, plays, this blog of course, YouTube, Vine, and all other media. The very embodiment of 4-on-4, full-court basketball as a new and better product for all visual media started here.


More running and gunning with more dunks, alley-oops, no look passes and fast breaks than ever before!

Verbal pitch 1:

People take on the world to fix basketball. There is an oversupply of great basketball players. There is an ever greater demand for basketball highlights. There are more sports shows an ever before. There is an oversupply of businesses that want to advertise with basketball highlights.


Basketball players who are human highlight reels.
People who love basketball.
People who love the mathematics of basketball.
People who love the history of basketball.
People who’ve been affected by basketball in some way.
Every day basketball players and fans.

Plot devices:

Playing 4-on-4, full-court instead of 5-on-5.
Searching for the “human highlight reel.”
Searching for other basketball players.
The personal lives of the basketball players.
The personal lives of the producer, director, and others.
Searching for an Ex-NBA player.
Searching for players retired from professional leagues around the world.
Searching for four great players, from four different countries.
Interviewing historians.
Interviewing referees.
Interviewing basketball players.
Wannabe basketball players.
Interviewing analytics people.
Women basketball players.
The women’s game versus the men’s game.
The ownership of the teams.
Ownership of the leagues.
Searching for sponsors.
Searching for investors.
Searching for advertisers.
Interviewing monopoly breakers.
Analyzing rules and how they have helped or hurt the game.
Searching for an entertainment attorney.
Fixing free throws.
Fixing jump balls.
Searching for the League "Commissioner"


Everyone loves high-scoring, fast-break, run and gun basketball the best. Showtime baby!

Special episodes

The “Kurt Vonnegut” episode.
Episodes built around major obstacles.

Lines of dialogue:

Set them free.
Set him free.
Basketball is broken.
There is a better product.
We want fast-break basketball.
We want running and gunning again.
4-on-4, full-court is a better product than 5-on-5 full-court.

Action scenes worth mentioning now

behind the back passes
no look passes
amazing shots
fast breaks
examples of running and gunning
half-court basketball with more room
fast breaks with great passes and great finishes
pinning the ball to the bank board when blocking it


Other titles not to be revealed initially because of intellectual property issues.




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