Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun is reporting that the Toronto Raptors are on the verge of landing the gig as hosts of the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend.
The Sun is reporting that an official announcement is expected to come shortly, and further details will be revealed at that time. Details regarding one of basketball’s most extravagant weekends will tie in with the Raptors’ 20th-anniversary season.
When Tim Leiweke tool over as MLSE President and CEO, he made it clear that one of his priorities was to land both the NBA and NHL All-Star festivities for Toronto. It appears that Mr. Leiweke can safely check one of those goals off the list (and I fully expect the NHL will be here for the Lefas 100th anniversary season).
The bidding process for the even began last February, along with Toronto, Cleveland was considered the other serious candidate to host the event, which if you’re going to hold in a cold weather city, was a no brainer for the NBA (yes I’m biased, but I think most will agree that Toronto>Cleveland). The All-Star Weekend will be held in New Orleans this season and either Manhattan or Brooklyn in 2015.
All-Star weekend consists of 3 days of action, starting with the “celebrity” games on Friday night, the various skills competitions including the Slam Dunk on Saturday night, and the actual game on Sunday. The festivities also include the NBA Jam Session, which is essentially an NBA themed convention, which would in all likliehood be held at the Toronto Convention Centre just a short walk from the ACC.
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