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Silver: Charlotte Could Host '17 NBA All-Star Game If Arena Gets Some Upgrades
Published March 25, 2014
FIXER-UPPER: In Charlotte, Bonnell & Harrison note the Bobcats’ 25-year arena lease "calls for the city of Charlotte to keep Time Warner Cable Arena among the league’s most modern." The lease after the first seven years "requires the city to make improvements, so long as half of other NBA facilities have them." The team has "requested money to upgrade suites, overhaul restaurants, build a new play area for children and move the ticket office, among other improvements." Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon said that the prospect of hosting the ASG "shouldn’t make the city spend more money than necessary." He said, "The city should only be guided by what it’s obligated to do by way of the agreement." Silver's comments, "linking upgrades to a quick opportunity to host the All-Star Game, seemed to be a carrot to spend more" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/25).
YEAR OF THE CAT: In Charlotte, Tom Sorensen writes the Bobcats' "time should be here," but will the city "get excited about remaining home games" against the Nets, Wizards, Magic, Sixers and Bulls? Or a "best-of-7 series that could begin in Miami?" Sorensen: "It ought to. How many seasons have we turned on our television to the playoffs and watched other teams compete?" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/25). Meanwhile, Silver yesterday said of the Bobcats' rebranding to the Hornets, "They’re setting all kinds of records for merchandise sales. I just said in my last meeting I don’t intend to leave town without a Hornets T-shirt" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/25).