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NBA GETS BIG APPLE PITCH FOR '98 ALL-STAR GAME
Published February 16, 1996
While NBA officials were in Philadelphia yesterday to hear that city's presentation for the chance to host the '98 All-Star Game, officials from the Knicks made their pitch in San Antonio last week. MSG/Knicks President Dave Checketts' presentation to a committee that included Commissioner David Stern included a Top Ten list from David Letterman on reasons the game should be in New York, as well as testimonials from Woody Allen, Tom Brokaw and Bill Murray. Checketts argues that the recent trend of granting the game to cities with new arenas is unfair, especially since MSG just spent $200M to upgrade the Garden. Checketts: "We have presented some very creative things that could give a nice twist to this event." NBA sources say, while New York is "intriguing" to Stern, he has not ruled out the third city in contention, Portland. Although SI's Jackie MacMullan notes the league has concerns that Portland may not have enough hotel space to accommodate the growing event (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 2/19 issue). NBA spokesperson Chris Brienza said the league could reach a decision "in a few weeks or a few months" (N.Y. POST, 2/16). ACTING UNION HEAD: NBPA official Alex English is serving as interim Exec Dir of the union until a permanent replacement is found (WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/16).