The Crimson Tide will join seven other teams in unprecedented territory when they travel to Las Vegas to participate in the Players Era Festival Multi-team Event for the 2024-2025 men's basketball season. Each team participating will receive $1 million in NIL just for participating, while the winner of the Festival will get an additional $1 million in NIL for winning.

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Alabama won't have an easy path, with the Crimson Tide's first game set to take place against the Houston Cougars, who were a No. 1 seed in last season's NCAA Tournament. It was first reported by Jay Bilas of ESPN.

Nate Oats is currently 2-0 against Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson.

Per Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, the Festival will be formally announced today, but they are still deciding between two four-team pods or an eight-team model.

If the Festival does opt into two four-team pods, which is the current expectation, Alabama's opponents will be Houston, Rutgers, and Notre Dame. It would set up a meeting between new Alabama big man Clifford Omoruyi and his former team, Rutgers.

Alabama's known non-conference schedule currently looks like this, courtesy of Blake Byler at BamaCentral.

11/11 - vs McNeese
11/15 - @ Purdue
11/20 - vs Illinois (Birmingham)
11/26 - vs Houston ( Las Vegas)
11/27 - TBA Players Era (Las Vegas)
11/29 - TBA Players Era (Las Vegas)
12/14 - vs Creighton
12/18 - @ North Dakota
12/22 - vs Kent State

Wyatt Fulton is the Tide 100.9 DME and Brand Manager, covering Alabama Crimson Tide football and men's basketball. For more Crimson Tide coverage, follow Wyatt on X (Formerly known as Twitter) at @FultonW_.

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