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Boston Mayor wants the All-Star Game back in Beantown

Sep 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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Count this among the things I didn’t know, but should have. The Celtics haven’t hosted an All-Star Game since 1964. That’s pretty crazy considering it’s been NBA Town since the inception of the league. Apparently there’s been a longstanding dispute with the co-tenant Bruins that have prevented the game from coming to town. Teams have to apply to host the game, and the Celtics haven’t. But now the Mayor of Boston has come out and said he wants the game back. From the Globe:

It is believed that ownership squabbles between the Celtics and the Bruins, as well as disagreements with the mayor over the past several years, have grounded any plans for the February classic to return to Boston. But Mayor Thomas Menino said the days of infighting within Boston’s sports and political infrastructure are over.

“We haven’t had it since ’64 and I think we’re ready for it,’’ Menino said. “We have new ownership, new enthusiasm, the fan base out here for it, and I just think we have the facility and everything ready to go.

“I hope that the NBA makes the decision in the near future to bring the All-Star Game to our city.’’

via Bucks’ Jennings works on his game and image – The Boston Globe.

Most people will react pretty violently to this. The game is considered the same way the Super Bowl is. It’s supposed to be in a warm weather, party city. Boston ain’t that. Surprisingly, media members who often complain about the location are likely to support the move, particularly if they’re a guy who talks about sports from Boston. It’ll be seen as an homage to the history of the game. But Boston in February isn’t exactly the party location most are thinking, and considering how big of a destination vacation it’s become for so many, that could cause problems.

We’ll have to see if the Celtics get on the list following the 2013 game, which will be held in Houston.

  1. ljl2 - Sep 4, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    just because the past 5 years may fit the criteria of warm, party areas doesn’t mean that it is supposed to be in that type of enivronment. Go back a little further and you will see that the NBA actually tries to hit each of their cities due to its efforts of embracing all fans…Something media outlets and the NFL don’t understand.

  2. seanb20124 - Sep 4, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Mumbles Menino

  3. jrmcool20 - Sep 4, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    well first off ive been to boston and its a very very nice city to party in ok thats for sure ,, also as muvh HISTORY thats in boston with the celtics as the NBA,S most titles team and with ALL there big time sports city over the years its CRAZY to not have an all star weekend in a city with that much history and in a city as big as the city of boston !!! the fans of boston deserve it and its been over 45 years since an allstar game was held in boston lmao thats is just S T U P I D !!! the nba spreads the all star games out over the entire league of teams and ALL the deferent teams and there citys regardless of were the city is located ,,, hell they had the all star weekend in TORONTO LOL whats colder than that in feb ??? so to me thats just an excuse when they use the weather as the excuse when you consider were the nba has had all star games at over the years ,,, so lets be real and have a couple of nba allstar games in boston over say the next 10 years have it there like 2-3 times over 10 years ,, that would be good for the fans and the city that has the MOST nba TITLES in the history of the NBA !!!! wow its unreal how bad the nba is getting over the years !!!!

  4. missmomo1 - Sep 8, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    PLEASE DO. I’ve always wondered why there hasn’t been an All Star game in Boston in forever? I really hope this happens!!

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