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RAPTORS COULD HOST ALL-STAR WEEKEND IN '97 OR '98
Published December 15, 1994
The NBA has "approached" the Raptors about possibly hosting the NBA All-Star Game in '97 or '98. But team President John Bitove said the franchise will not submit a bid, "at least for the time being," instead focusing on their season-ticket drive and the completion of negotiations for an arena site. Bitove did not rule out considering an all-star offer at a later date, adding that hosting an All-Star Game is "something we would like to do sooner rather than later." The NBA has a history of awarding an all-star game to expansion franchises as a way of bringing attention to the new team, and the league has already approached the Vancouver Grizzlies about hosting the game in '99 (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 12/15). RAPTORS, RAPTORS EVERYWHERE: Mike Davenport, president of the Sports Organizing Committee in Pinellas County, FL, said he is working on a deal to bring the Raptors to St. Petersburg for training camp at the ThunderDome. Davenport hopes to have an agreement with the team within a few months (Paul Abercrombie, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/15).