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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 5:07 pm  |  42 responses

Toronto Reportedly Will Host 2016 NBA All-Star Game


With the All-Star game will move to Toronto in 2016, marking the first time that the League’s mid-season exhibition will be held outside of the United States. Per the Toronto Sun.:

“The basketball world is coming to Toronto in early 2016.

Multiple sources told the Toronto Sun Tuesday that the Raptors are on the verge of landing the 2016 NBA all-star weekend.

An official announcement is expected within the next week that will reveal further details of how one of the sport’s biggest weekends will tie in to the Toronto Raptors’ 20th-anniversary season.

Tim Leiweke, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO, made it clear upon taking over the company that landing the prestigious event was one of his early goals.

‘Clearly the 2016 all-star game is a flag in the sand that we planted with the NBA. It is a must have in my opinion and it will be the centre piece of how we rebrand this,’ Leiweke said in May.”

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  • Conor

    FINALLY.

  • Mike Gilbert

    Stern is just setting up everything perfectly to help Andrew Wiggins and basketball take over Canada

  • Conor

    Basketball is already the sport played most among 14-32 year olds, in Canada.

  • D

    How do I get tickets

  • Conor

    When they go on sale.

  • Lloyd

    This is a chance for us to show that we can host a huge sporting event and make it great. It’s really important to Toronto as a city, not just the Raptors. Huge news!

  • Quesy Dan Man

    Once they hit the ripe old age of 33 it’s time for lawn bowling

  • Mike Gilbert

    really? I mean I would have just assumed hockey

  • ZOGS

    FINALLY!!!

    T-DOT STAND UP!!!

  • 23

    “How” and “when” have different meanings.

  • Enigmatic

    So does this mean they’ll finally start having the ASG in “colder” cities like Chicago and NYC again?

  • Conor

    Recent statistic. Believe me, with all of the mullet-wielding imbeciles yelling “top cheese!” up here, you’d have been as surprised as I was, hoss.

  • TheRealness

    What about Chicago.. Haven’t been here since 88..

  • Conor

    If one does not know how to buy a ticket, maybe one is not old enough to seek tickets.

  • TDOT

    TORONTO IS GUNNA BE LIVE

  • D

    Whoa !!! thanks for the hot tip Conor you douchebag

  • D

    They won’t be the easiest tickets to get your hands on in case you need that pointed out to you , but maybe your not old enough to realize that

  • MUBWAR

    more people under the age of 32 play basketball than hockey.

  • Conor
  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Awesome news…will definitely try to attend myself. The cold weather probably means less ASW groupies though.

  • Saleem Rainman

    T-DOT STAND UP!!

  • T-man

    YESSSSSSSSSS

  • straight cake

    New York is hosting in 2015….

  • straight cake

    Wrestlemania?

  • Anon

    Yoou contributed absolutely nuthin, let alone answer his question, and jus to have a smart@ss reply? Hope you feel better about yourself now

  • Enigmatic

    Damn, I’m trippin’. Haven’t been keeping up much as I used to on NBA stuff. Wasn’t aware. That’s cool.

  • Enigmatic

    Seriously. Chicago deserves to have an ASG soon.

  • AboveYou

    It hasn’t been in Chicago because the Bulls ownership doesn’t want to host it. Even though it’s back in NYC in 2015, shared by BK and Manhattan, it hadn’t been there previously because the Garden was undergoing a billion dollar makeover. I don’t think weather has much to do with who hosts.

  • madubbs

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  • C.M.G

    I bet Drake was excited to hear this news, other than him though…….Yawn….

  • Lloyd

    Like 10 years ago? Yea Wrestlemania was good start, and the UFC has really propelled us forward in recent years after the setback of losing the Olympics.

    However, NBA viewership is on the rise while wrestling is in decline. If that trend continues or stays steady, All-Star weekend would be a bigger spectacle than any future wrestling event in Toronto will ever be.

  • ENDS

    About Damn time. I love how they wrote centre peice the french canadian way

  • Swizzle

    yeah good work buddy you showed that 12 year old whos boss

  • Nate Thompson

    Cosign Zogs- I’ve wondered when this was going to happen especially since I’ve seen cities have it 2 times already in my life time! Pretty pumped up for this, I wonder if you can book hotel rooms 2 years in advance? lol

  • Dagger

    Hockey is incredibly expensive, while basketball, like soccer, is cheap.

    Here’s the article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/aliciajessop/2013/07/12/how-basketball-overtook-hockey-as-the-most-popular-youth-sport-in-canada/

  • straight cake

    True

  • meloman345

    AMAZING!!!!!

  • Enigmatic

    You’re probably right. I just had read somewhere that the reason so many recent ASGs have been in places like Texas, California, Florida, etc. was because the warmer weather would entice more people to come out and participate in all the other events surrounding the game. Not sure where I read that, or the validity of that claim though.

    Being a Bulls fan, I can completely see evil emperor Reinsdorf not wanting the ASG in Chicago because evil Reinsdorf.

  • Joshua Chua
  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  • http://www.dzfoot.com/ Matt Harpring’s Haircut

    Who really thinks that Toronto can’t host a huge sporting event? Toronto easily has everything needed to host literally any major sporting event.

  • Lloyd

    It’s just the “Canada” stigma that a lot of Americans have that we don’t have the means to have something that can compare to anything they put on. If you saw the article months back where Brian Colangelo talked about wanting the All-Star game here, you could see how much hate the idea got.

    I honestly think we can compete with any major city in America in terms of excitement and resources, not to mention a rabid fanbase. A successful All-Star weekend would do a lot to change the perception of the city/country at least in the eyes of basketball fans.

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