Basketball Wiretap

NBA Considering Changing All-Star Game Format Back To East Vs. West

May 19, 2023 11:00 PM

The NBA is discussing changes to the All-Star Game, including switching from the current player draft back to the Eastern Conference versus Western Conference format.

The NBA and NBPA agreed to talk about increasing the competitiveness of the game as part of the new collective bargaining agreement.

The changes could into play come as early as the 2023-24 season. 

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Tags: NBA, NBA All-Star

Orlando To Bid To Host 2027 NBA All-Star Weekend

May 16, 2023 8:05 AM

The Orlando Magic and the city of Orlando are joining together in a bid to host the 2027 NBA All-Star Weekend. Orlando has previously hosted NBA All-Star Games in 1992 and 2012.

The 1992 NBA All-Star Game was held in the old Orlando Arena. That game saw Magic Johnson, who had retired before the 1991-92 season come out of retirement to play. Johnson went on to win MVP of the game.

The 2012 event was held in the Amway Center. Kevin Durant was named MVP of the game.

The Magic are expected to ask the city of Orlando and Orange County, Florida to approve over $250 million for upgrades to the 13-year-old Amway Center. The believe is that hosting All-Star Weekend will bring back far more in revenue to the Orlando area than it would cost to upgrade the Amway Center.

Ricard Bilbao/Orlando Business Journal

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA All-Star