Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  5 responses

Orlando Mayor: NBA Has ‘Moral Obligation’ to Grant City Another All-Star Game

Orlando is the unlucky city that’s supposed to host the 2012 NBA All-Star game in this now marred season (assuming it’s not cancelled altogether), and the town’s mayor (with the backing of one angry columnist) claims that the League should feel bad enough to give them another shot at hosting the event, during happier times. From the Sentinel: “This is not the time and Orlando is not the place to hold a massive celebration of all things NBA. That’s why David Stern and NBA ownership needs to assure our city amid this cumbersome, contentious NBA labor dispute that we will get another All-Star Game at a more appropriate time. Even if the dispute is settled sometime soon, Orlando should not be stuck with an All-Star Game during what would be a dreary, lockout-shortened NBA season. ‘I would think they [the NBA] would have a moral obligation to give us a second All-Star game since we wouldn’t be getting the All-Star game in the fashion that it was promoted to us,’ Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer acknowledged. Let’s face it, no other city in the league will be more impacted by this year’s lockout than Orlando, which quite possibly could see its long-awaited All-Star Game and its most-beloved sports star — Dwight Howard — disappear in one foul feud over basketball-related income. The city and county invested $500 million for a new state-of-the-art arena because, in part, we were led to believe that Howard was staying in town and the All-Star Game festivities were coming to town. Now here we are and Dwight is talking about the allure of playing in a bigger market and our All-Star Game is already the biggest dud this city has seen since Doug Guetzloe. It’s time for Stern to announce he will make amends with the business leaders and hotel owners in Orlando. Quite frankly, they have been sold something that the NBA isn’t going to be able to deliver this season. Like an electronic Christmas toy that doesn’t work, Orlando should be able to exchange this year’s All-Star Weekend for one that actually functions properly.”

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  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    I don’t know if we want to be talking about “morals” right now with NBA ownership, but this sucks for Orlando. This was the perfect time for them to be hosting the ASG. Don’t know if asking for another one even if they get one in the potential lockout-shortened season would be fair. And it may be too late anyway for Orlando and Dwight if the rumors are true.

  • LA Huey

    No season means that charity game Dwight organized was the last time Orlando fans would get to see him in Magic colors.

  • burnt_chicken

    This mayor understands that Dwight is a person with freedom of choice and not some unthinking chattel, right? It’s interesting that he speaks of Dwight as essentially being property and then spouts off about “moral obligation[s]“. What a dope.

  • LA Huey

    co-sign burnt chicken. We all knew the CBA expired in 2011 and that Dwight would entertain ideas of playing for another team. The city made a risky investment and now they have to live with it.

  • Heals

    Moral, I dunno about that, but I agree Orl should not be the 2012 ASG it should be the “next” ASG. Too much city and team planning (plus local revenue) involved to shaft them like that…