Just a few months ago, Cleveland and Ohio in general seemed to be scuffling on the sports front. But how quickly things can change.
A few weeks after the Cleveland Browns signed Johnny Manziel, bringing life back to the NFL franchise, the Cleveland Cavaliers brought back Akron native LeBron James in what will go down as of the biggest free agent moves in NBA history. Now two of the most iconic names in professional sports call Ohio home, but that’s not the only thing looking to call Cleveland home as according to Chris Fedor the Cavs are aiming to bring the NBA’s All-Star game to Quicken Loans Arena for the 2016-17 season.
A league official would not offer any specifics on whether Cleveland has made a bid, but admitted it’s definitely on the radar and something the team is working toward.
The year 2017 is the next opening the league is looking to fill. The game will be held in New York in 2015. Toronto won the bid for the game in 2016.
The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the NBA All-Star game was in 1997 and a return would ironically fall on the 20th anniversary of the previous contest. This of course isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the Cleveland Cavaliers attempting to bring the game back to Ohio as Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was said to be lobbying for the tilt dating back to 2012. However, now with LeBron James as member of the franchise, it seems increasingly likely that the Cavs will get an All-Star game given James’ relevance to the league.
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