Jamestown has been the home of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament for three consecutive years, but its future in the city is uncertain. The tournament’s return comes at a cost of $20,000 in federal ARPA funding, which raises questions about its sustainability in Jamestown. It took significant effort to secure the tournament for next year, with some confusion over funding sources and a collaborative effort by several council members to award ARPA funding and bring the tournament back on a different date.
Despite these challenges, City Council members have stepped up to help new tournament organizer Pat Smeraldo keep the tournament in the city for at least another year. The tournament brings benefits to the city in terms of economic impact and a general feeling of activity in the downtown area. Overall, it’s better to have the tournament than not. However, if Gus Macker officials want to keep the tournament in Jamestown, they will need to work with local officials to find ways to bring down costs. Otherwise, the benefits may not outweigh the costs in the long run.