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WNBA bringing back 3-point contest for 2017 All-Star Game

In a few weeks, the All-Star game will take place in Seattle. The halftime show will be a competition that fans of the league haven’t seen since 2009: the 3-point shooting challenge.

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The WNBA’s All-Star game is only a few weeks away. While there have already been a few changes, including moving the event from Connecticut to Seattle, as well as allowing fans and media to vote on who plays in the game, the changes haven’t stopped there.

The league will bring back the Three-Point Shooting Contest during halftime of the All-star game on July 22 at the KeyArena in Seattle. The last time the long-range shooting competition occurred was in 2009 which was won by Becky Hammon.

The game will consist of six total players and two rounds. Of the five spots around the arc, four racks will each have four regular balls worth one point, while the last ball on those racks will be a “money ball” which is worth two points. Each player will also have a fifth rack which will be all “money balls”; the shooter can place that rack in any of the five spots of their choice.

Each player will have 60 seconds to make as many of the 25 shots as they can. The top three players will advance to the championship round. For the first time ever, the winner of the WNBA’s Three-Point Shooting Contest will be awarded $10,000 for the charity of their choice.

Participants and their choice of charity will be addressed at a later date.

The All-Star game can be seen on ABC at 3:30 p.m ET.