Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets want to host the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend


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The Charlotte Hornets along with the Charlotte Sports Foundation made its bid official this afternoon to host either the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend.

“It is our honor to submit our bid for the city of Charlotte to host a future All-Star Weekend,” Hornets President Fred Whitfield said in a statement posted to the team’s Web site. “The Charlotte Sports Foundation and other community and business leaders have urged us to undertake this effort and have pledged their full support. We are grateful for their backing and look forward to once again having the chance to bring international acclaim to the city of Charlotte.”

It helps, of course, to have Michael Jordan’s name on the application, as well. Let’s not forget the 14-time NBA All-Star owns the Hornets franchise.

That type of big name combined with the conveniently located Time Warner Cable Arena right in downtown Charlotte, will most likely make the city an attractive option. The last time Charlotte hosted NBA All-Star Weekend was in 1991, when the team was playing in an older stadium.

“Charlotte has proven to be a thriving center of economic growth and development. It is a tremendous destination for both domestic and international sports fans,” Charlotte Sports Foundation Board Chairman Johnny Harris said in the team statement. “Hosting the NBA All-Star Game will not only have Charlotte buzzing with excitement, but will have a huge economic impact on the tourism industry.”

In return, Charlotte will have a pretty huge impact on the All-Star logo.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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