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Thought NBA All-Star Weekend was over? Not so fast!

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by jason_whitlock, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. http://sports.aol.com/whitlock/_a/las-vegas-backlash-misses-point/20070315110909990001
    I'm forced to raise my hand yet again.

    And the Sac Bee reports what we knew all along but ignores the obvious motivation.

    NBA may take show on road
    The league is open to holding its All-Star Weekend overseas.
    By Scott Howard-Cooper - Bee Staff Writer
    Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, March 15, 2007
    Story appeared in SPORTS section, Page C1
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    Building off the interest and excitement of holding the All-Star Game in Las Vegas last month, the NBA has discussed a historic move of taking its midseason showcase overseas in a merger of its international base and powerful marketing, The Bee has learned.
    The talks have been preliminary, without so much as a target city or timeline, according to senior executives who have been involved in the discussions. But the league is clearly open to the concept, even with the accompanying logistical issues that likely would include expanding the All-Star break from the current window of four days to compensate for jet lag and travel time.
    "The fact that we played the game in Las Vegas showed that we are open to any possibility," said one league official, who did not want to be identified because he's unauthorized to speak on behalf of the NBA on the matter. "Our primary goal is to make sure all of our teams are taken care of first. But after that, anything is open for discussion."

    Indeed, an international destination would be unlikely if an NBA team pushed to host, and there never has been a shortage of cities with new arenas wanting the exposure and financial windfall of the social event that passes for sports.
    That priority could become a greater stumbling block than distance.
    The only current commitment, though, is New Orleans in 2008. Phoenix and Dallas have indicated some future interest -- the Mavericks' bid would include playing the game in the unnamed Cowboys stadium scheduled to open in 2009 -- but neither has applied.
    Considering an overseas move for the popular All-Star Weekend is a logical, if bold, next step for the NBA, which has been at the forefront of international marketing among U.S. pro sports leagues.
    That exposure is destined to continue to grow, with German Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks and Canadian Steve Nash of the Suns the leading candidates for MVP, Italian Andrea Bargnani enjoying a successful season with the Raptors after being the No. 1 draft pick and the announcement that four teams will hold a portion of training camp and play exhibition games in Europe next season. Two other clubs, likely the Magic and Cavaliers, are expected to make preseason appearances in China.
    Although playing outside North America has become common, all the way to regular-season games on rare occasions, the NBA has not received an overseas bid for All-Star Weekend. That would be a necessary first step and is one of the reasons the concept has yet to advance beyond the discussion stage at the league's New York headquarters.
    London would be the clear leading candidate, with the desired mix of hotel rooms, nonstop travel options from U.S. and Canadian gateways to minimize travel concerns, and a new arena scheduled to open in July. The Timberwolves and Celtics are scheduled for an exhibition game in October at the new arena, which has been described in early reviews from the league office as an NBA-level building that will be run by a company with extensive dealings in American sports and facilities.
    "That preseason game will tell us a lot about that building and the future," the league official said.
    The arena, located along the banks of the Thames River, gives London a considerable advantage over Paris in speculation for the first overseas city to host an All-Star Weekend. The French capital, ordinarily another obvious option, has an older, smaller building that works for exhibition games but is considered undesirable for this showcase. And it's that primary reason -- an old and small arena -- that the NBA won't return to Las Vegas without at least a renovation for the Thomas & Mack Center.
    The field abroad would thin dramatically from there with the hesitation of heading away from Western Europe and adding to the travel from North America, essentially making well-regarded arenas in Cologne, Germany, and Athens, Greece, logistically impossible.
    The potential wild card is San Juan, Puerto Rico, which has a three-year-old building that has hosted exhibition games the past two seasons to positive reviews and would be a compromise between new locations and relatively reasonable travel-wise.
  2. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    As far as the Bee "ignoring" the NBA's "obvious motivation" goes, I'm not buying it. It's not like European sports fans are a meek, retiring bunch, as anyone who's ever watched a soccer match can attest.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    They should take it to Europe, where there are no soccer hooligans ever!
  4. Boobie Miles

    Boobie Miles Active Member

    I predict no major soccer style riots over the NBA All-Star game.
  5. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    Would it be considered an abuse of my new powers to eradicate any/all of Jason's "look at me" threads?
  6. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    "The league is open to holding its All-Star Weekend overseas."

    How about another planet---that'll keep Pac Man Jones from ever getting into trouble again.
  7. This one would be a good start ... it's freakin' March Madness and we're still talking about something as irrelevant as an NBA All-Star game? ...
  8. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    Just found out---Pac Man is now an astronaut farmer---no keeping him away from NBA All-Star Weekend.
  9. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Who gives a fuck how old and how small the arena is? The TV cameras are going to focus on the court and the first 10 rows of the stands, who gives a shit if the arena holds 11,000 or 51,000? Who cares if it was built in 2006, or 1886? What you see on TV is all that matters.

    The NBA is going to charge to the moon for All-Star tickets anyway, who cares what capacity is? They can have it in a 21,000-capacity arena and charge $200 per ticket, or have it in a 10,000-capacity arena and charge $500 a head, what difference does it make?
  10. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    Oh please, it doesn't have to be March Madness for the NBA All-Star game to be irrelevant.
  11. statrat

    statrat Member

    NBA all-star weekend isn't over yet?!?! I wish all weekends could be this long.
  12. Not what I said. Are you trying to be ironic again? So far you're like 0 for 93, Alanis ...
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