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December 17, 2014

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says All-Star Game in Charlotte is inevitable

Now that the Charlotte Hornets and the city of Charlotte have agreed to an arena renovation, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said its inevitable Charlotte will get an All-Star Game

“Personally I’m very excited about coming back here. I don’t think there’s any question it’s going to happen,” Silver said during a visit to Charlotte Wednesday. “Just a matter of what year.”

            The first available All-Star Game up for bid is in 2017. In all likelihood the 2017 and 2018 events will be awarded to cities simultaneously. Silver said there’s no set date for when those games will be awarded, but he’d like it to be as soon as possible.

“We want to award them as early as possible so there would be maximum opportunity to plan,” Silver said.

“I met here with (Hornets president) Fred Whitfield and (team owner) Michael Jordan earlier this afternoon to discuss precisely this among other issues. It’s a matter of what’s precisely the timetable now for the renovations to the building.”

The city agreed to pay for $33.5 million of what would be more than $40 million in renovations and upgrades to Time Warner Cable Arena. The league would want most, if not all, of those renovations completed before an All-Star Weekend is staged here.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 17, 2014 at 06:28 PM | Permalink


This is one of the reasons it is good to have MJ as an owner. these kind of things are great for Charlotte and I don't believe the city has had one since the old Hornets were around. Excellent news!

Posted by: Larry | Dec 17, 2014 7:31:46 PM

How is it "great news," and what difference is it if Jordan is owner or not, they'd eventually get an All-Star game anyway. Just about every time any NBA city idiotically pours even more millions of taxpayer money into an arena, an NBA All-Star Game eventually comes around.

Posted by: daveh | Dec 17, 2014 8:47:27 PM

6-19, this team is a disaster.
Where are you "bring back the Hornets" clowns now with the chanting at the arena? Nowhere to be found.
There is no excitement at the arena.
Seems like 2011 again.
Why not let Silas Jr. coach some games like when Dad was HC?
This franchise has been a joke for a long while.
What a mess!

Posted by: BD | Dec 17, 2014 9:39:20 PM

How many all star games did the team pursue when Johnson was the owner? Some people can just make a negative out of anything. The team sucks but an all star game is a good thing and team owners are the ones that usually push for it. Don't diminish somethjng that is good for Charlotte just because you are not happy with the team.

Posted by: Larry | Dec 17, 2014 10:14:50 PM

Larry did you think the DNC was good for Charlotte?

Posted by: Oback | Dec 17, 2014 10:35:45 PM

^^^^ it was good for a lot of people. but the city gave up a lot to make it happen. some estimates showed no real economic growth caused by the week long vacation for normal business activities uptown. but the out of town money that came in for hotels and event rentals was outrageous.

nowhere near as bad of an eff up as knights baseball or nascar hall of fame. real economic impact and national exposure, but high cost. worth it for branding to almost anybody you ask that has a brain.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 17, 2014 10:59:24 PM

Rick, last year I didn't hear a single mention of MJ from you when talking about how good team was doing. It was all about Clifford and Higgins. Clifford was also in Vegas recruiting lance. How about you start questioning Clifford and the top players and why this team keeps losing leads.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 17, 2014 11:10:42 PM

What's amazing to me is that this building is less than 10 years old and the NBA believes it to be too dilapidated to hold an All-Star event. Before long teams will be demanding taxpayer money to build new buildings every 10 years.

Posted by: J | Dec 18, 2014 9:14:23 AM

What amazes me is Charlotte tax payers stupidly allow their elected officials to hand over money to wealthy team owners who should pay for stadium improvements out of their own pocket!

Posted by: who dat | Dec 18, 2014 10:02:30 AM

investing in a pro sports arena and it's renovations has historically been a great investment for a metropolitan area. the economic impact having the stadium and arena bring to charlotte is one of the biggest in tourism income (where people who don't live here leave their money here) that we have if not the only tourism income we have.

the taxpayers don't pay for these improvements. the hotels do. they are taxing the very people who are benefiting most from it. but you clowns can't read so you assume that you pay for it.

how much city taxes do you pay? seriously. tell me. show me your charlotte mecklenburg tax bills. your miniscule $400 property tax doesn't go towards arena and stadium renovations.

go read a book you dumb effs.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 18, 2014 11:19:13 AM

^^^^^ slurp slurp...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 18, 2014 11:44:35 AM

^^^ slurp? on what? economic impact data?

i mean i know you hate facts, but are you really going to argue that the city benefits economically from having pro sports franchises?

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 18, 2014 9:38:26 PM

If you don't want your tax dollars to go to things like professional sports....move to Greensboro or Little Rock.

Otherwise, stop crying. It's a part of living in any major American metropolitan area.

Posted by: Alex | Dec 21, 2014 3:05:43 AM

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