Orlando Planning 2012 NBA All-Star Game Despite Lockout

The city of Orlando isn’t letting some little work stoppage get in the way of them prepping for the midseason showcase. Reports the Sentinel: “Despite the NBA’s uncertain labor situation, officials from the city of Orlando, the Orlando Magic and the NBA are proceeding as if the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at Amway Center will be played as scheduled. A city spokeswoman told the Orlando Sentinel that the regular monthly meeting of the game’s local host committee is still on and is scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday. The gathering will include representatives from the Magic, staff from government agencies such as the city’s police department and representatives from partner groups such as Visit Orlando. Officials from the NBA also are expected to participate and likely also will meet with various officials in smaller breakout groups to hone the logistics for All-Star Weekend. Of course, all that work could become moot if the league and the National Basketball Players Association are unable to reach a new collective bargaining agreement relatively quickly. The 1998-99 season, which was truncated to 50 regular-season games, offers a frame of reference.”