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It is believed that ownership squabbles between the Celtics and the Bruins, as well as disagreements with the mayor over the past several years, have grounded any plans for the February classic to return to Boston. But Mayor Thomas Menino said the days of infighting within Boston’s sports and political infrastructure are over.
“We haven’t had it since ’64 and I think we’re ready for it,’’ Menino said. “We have new ownership, new enthusiasm, the fan base out here for it, and I just think we have the facility and everything ready to go.
“I hope that the NBA makes the decision in the near future to bring the All-Star Game to our city.’’
There is only a tight circle of cities hosting the game because several have passed on the financial commitment in today’s economic landscape. So Los Angeles, Houston, Orlando, Dallas, and Phoenix, among others, are taking turns. The Celtics would have to file a formal proposal to host the game, and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck has said his team is interested in joining the rotation.
It's a shame a city with passionate basketball fans hasn't hosted the All-Star game in 40+ years.
There are obstacles to bringing the game to Boston. The league tends to schedule the game in southern cities. Let's be honest, February in Boston is brutal. And the TD Garden is a C+ arena when it comes to amenities. I've also heard about logistical issues with the hosting the NBA related events during All-Star weekend.
I'm surprised to hear Mayor Menino is backing the idea. He's the guy who refuses to allow a rallying point during championship parades. He also nixed the Garden viewing party for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The fan enthusiasm he speaks about has always been there and the new Garden's been around for 15 years.
It's a nice thought…but I wouldn't bet on it.
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