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Published April 11, 2013
SOIREE ON THE PARQUET: Celtics Managing Partner & CEO Wyc Grousbeck said that the team is "considering filing an application" to host an NBA All-Star Game. He said that he "had a conversation" with Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Exec Dir Jim Rooney "about taking steps in the process." In Boston, Gary Washburn noted there is a "shortage of NBA cities applying for All-Star Games because of the cost." However, there is a "concern the NBA would not award an All-Star Game to a cold-weather city." The league has not held the event "in the northeast region" since Philadelphia in '02 (BOSTON.com, 4/8).
SWING AND A MISS: SPORTS ON EARTH's Emma Span writes the idea of the Twins charging fans to view early batting practice "was not particularly significant -- possibly announced prematurely, definitely retracted, and in any case involving a relatively small number of fans and a relatively small amount of money." What "does seem significant, however, is the anger provoked in Twins fans." Span: "The idea seems to have tapped into deeper resentment and concerns about fan treatment, the cost of games, and I would argue, the increasing class division at a lot of stadiums." That anger is "something teams should be paying attention to" (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 4/11).