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Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  17 responses

Goodman League vs Melo League Game Moved to Morgan State


Tonight’s highly-anticipated, star-studded matchup has been moved to a larger facility to accomodate the crowd. Reports the WaPo: “Organizers for Tuesday’s star-studded exhibition in Baltimore featuring LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant have found a new venue to possibly meet the high demand of a rapidly planned event. Morgan State University has agreed to host the game 7 p.m. at Edward P. Hurt Gymnasium, which has a capacity of about 4,500 people. We’re getting a bigger gym! (Mike Ehrmann) The game originally was scheduled at St. Frances Academy, but Kurk Lee, the athletic director of Anthony’s Melo Center in Baltimore and head of the summer pro-am in his name, had concerns that the 1,000-seat facility may have been too small to accommodate the expected crowd. When 100 $28 tickets were made available last week, they were sold out in less than a day. To cut down on the risk of people selling counterfeit tickets, people will be allowed to pay admission when the doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold at a first-come-first-serve basis for $40 for general admission and $100 for floor seats. Proceeds will go towards various charities, Lee said.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Lebron and CP3 are not from Baltimore. They SHOULD NOT play for the Melo league team. Book it!

  • LP

    $40 and $100???? wow…now thats when you start taking away from the love of the game and making people pay more than $30 for a streetball game…somebody getting greedy, because $40 x 4000 is $160K…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    What part of “Proceeds will go towards various charities” don’t you understand?

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    SLAM SHOULD HAVE SOMEONE THERE.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Just because the proceeds are going to charity doesn’t mean the prices need to be that high. What about the local people that want to go to the game, but can’t afford the tickets? Its almost like you’re giving back to the community, but taking away from it at the same time. Gen admission for $25 and floor seats for $50 would have been more reasonable.

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    SMH I wouldn’t have transferred FROM Morgan State if
    I would have known this beforehand

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If you think $100 is too much to watch this collection of talent, stay home and I’ll buy the ticket… Well, if I lived in the area I would buy it.
    Considering that floor seats in the League go for thousands of dollars, my first thought on seeing the ticket prices was that this is a good deal. You still have to pay for arena rental, security and police details and all the other stuff that goes into putting on a game. It’s not free.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Seriously, you get to watch NBA talent in floor seats. Man, I would gladly pay $100 for that chance.

  • http://aol QGallday

    GREAT FOR THE COMMUNITY…. JUST DO IT..NIKE ALL STARS BOUT TO SET IT OFF TONITE..I WANT TICKETS..ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL..WE CANT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE FACES IN IT SINCE WE BASKETBALL AFFFICIONADO..BALLING!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I actually do live in the area, and yes its a great price for people that can afford it, but the fact is that most people in Baltimore City can’t. Sure, its not free to host a game at a college, but that same collection of talent has a large collection of money, I’m sure they can more than make up the difference. Melo is from there I would think he would look out a little more. They offered a whopping 100 tickets at a discounted price with 4500 seats available, then offered them online while half the city was/is in the middle of a blackout. Why not let the first 1000 in at the discounted price, but not let them get floor seats, then raise the price from there. Sure it’ll still sell out, but most of the kids that packed the gym down at the Melo Center all summer will be shut out. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

  • BmoreSlick

    @dfrance21

    I live % blocks away from MSU, was born and raised in Bmore, and graduated from MSU. Trust me more than half the city can afford a $40 dollar ticket. I guarantee that it will be a packed house, most likely a sell out.

  • BmoreSlick

    @dfrance21

    I live 5 blocks away from MSU, was born and raised in Bmore, and graduated from MSU. Trust me more than half the city can afford a $40 dollar ticket. I guarantee that it will be a packed house, most likely a sell out.

  • http://therurbangriot.com The NUPE

    It’s a great price to see this kind of talent from floor seat – only when you compare the price to an NBA game. However, $100 is a LOT of money for a lot of inner-city kids/families. Rucker Park and Drew League games have been free for kids in the community, so price is really just relative. I understand there are a ton of cost involved and ‘proceeds are going to charity’, the question is who get’s paid what before the proceeds are given to charity. IF the organizer(s) pay themseleves X amount before sending the proceeds to charity, then that may be of issue. In any even, assuming Melo, Bron, Durant, CP3 etc. are donating thier time and paid for their own flights, rental cars, hotels etc. this is still a great thing they are doing. If I llived in the area I’d go too – since the price is ‘only’ $100, but I do feel bad for all the families that can’t afford an NBA game and still can’t afford to see this one.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    ^Finally someone agrees with me on Slam. lol

  • SwishaBlastTX

    WHO CARES IF IT GOES TO CHARITY IF THE STARS WERE NOT THERE YALL WOULDN’T CARE ANYWAY. IT DONT MATTER WATCH MY BOY DURANT DO WORK!!! OKC ALL DAY!

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Just got home from the game. It was pretty entertaining. Eddy Curry did not play, don’t think he was there either. Durant had 50+ Him and Lebron went at it. But what I took from the game is that if Austin Daye continues to improve, he’s gonna be a special player.

  • Bmore Bdog

    I watched the game last night man all i can say is CP3 eeewwwwwwhhhiiieee the boy is nasty. My man put on a driblling clinic. Lebron needs to work on his one on one moves it looked like a replay of the playoffs where he cant take it to the bucket so he settles for jumpers. Kevin Durant is the truth a true warrior he bust Lebron’s a$$ all night it was so bad the crowd was heckling Lebron heavily. I mean one on one after one on one KD was killing him. Shout out the the drunk fan who kept yelling loud as heck “lebron you getting cooked like hot chicken….” LMAO man hilarious. This game was definately one for the books.

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