The Border War is back, only this time it's for charity.
Bitter rivals Kansas and Missouri have agreed to play an exhibition basketball game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City to raise money for hurricane relief efforts.
Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. Sunday.
The game is sold out but will be televised via a pay-per-view livestream. The cost is $40. Fans can access the telecast by visiting ShowdownForRelief.com.
Each school distributed about half of the 18,000 tickets with the goal to raise more than $1 million to aid the victims of the recent natural disasters in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
SIDEARM Sports, the official website provider for both schools' athletics departments, has arranged the platform for the telecast and is waiving all fees to ensure that all revenue raised is directed to relief efforts.
Money raised from the game will be contributed to the organizations that the five living former U.S. Presidents have come together to support: the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
"Our first objective was to sell out Sprint Center," the two schools said jointly in a release. "Once we achieved the sellout so quickly, our fans who could not get tickets expressed tremendous interest in having the game televised. We wanted to make sure that the charities we've identified would be the only entities to derive revenue from this game. SIDEARM Sports has provided the platform to allow us to create a second stream of revenue via this telecast."
Veteran Kansas City broadcaster Leif Lisec will do play-by-play; nationally known broadcasters Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe will serve as analyst and sideline reporter respectively. All will donate their time and talent to the cause.
The schools have not played each other since Missouri left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference after the 2011-12 season.
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