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BOSTON PASSES ON BIDDING FOR '98 NBA ALL-STAR GAME
Published February 21, 1995
The Celtics "put up an air ball when the 1998 NBA All-Star Game was on the line," but the team is looking for another chance to host the game, reports Will McDonough of the BOSTON GLOBE. The deadline for bids was February 3, and since the Celtics failed to do so, they are now "out of the running." While Celtics VP/Special Events Stu Layne said the Celtics would like the game in Boston at some point, "it is still not a great deal for the city." Layne: "It would be very expensive and take up a lot of time [for Celtics employees]. And also, it could cause some real problems with our own ticket-holders and game sponsors. The league takes the game over." New Boston Garden Corp. President Larry Moulter "wants the Celtics to push harder the next time" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/18). In Chicago, Sam Smith writes it will be "a while" before the United Center hosts the NBA All-Star Game. Bulls VP Marketing & Broadcasting Steve Schanwald: "We'll probably apply again around the turn of the century" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/20).