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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2120127

    Casinos would abstain from bets on All-Star Game

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    Las Vegas will be the site of the 2007 NBA All-Star game, marking the first time the event will be held in a non-NBA city.

    An official with knowledge of the decision, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed reports in the Las Vegas media that the city has been given the go-ahead to play host to the league's showcase event.

    Mayor Oscar Goodman and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority had been making a strong push to land the game, and one of the final obstacles was finding a way to convince a few luxury suite holders at the Thomas & Mack Center to relinquish their boxes in exchange for seats elsewhere in the arena.

    Casino operators had already agreed to not take bets on the game, one of the requirements the NBA laid out when the sides first began talking about placing the game in America's most popular gambling destination.

    Commissioner David Stern has been open to the idea of holding the All-Star game in non-NBA cities, and during the finals he said there was consideration being given to playing the 2008 or 2009 game in Paris.

    League officials have made several trips to Las Vegas to scout possible locations, including the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. Last month, state gambling regulators approved a league request blocking Nevada sports books from accepting wagers on All-Star events held in the state.

    Such bans are not unprecedented. The Palms hotel-casino does not accept bets on professional basketball games because it is owned by the Maloof family, which also owns the Sacramento Kings.

    Next year's game will be in Houston.

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    gee, I heard that 10 hours ago, but I forgot to report it.

    Sounds like fun.

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    Let me be the first to set the over/under for players arrested that weekend at 27.

    The Thomas & Mack Center is SMALL. TINY. MINISCULE. I was there for a holiday college tourney 3 years ago. The seating area seemed kinda small, but the suites were VERY, VERY undersized. They are obviously playing this up for TV only and not worried about the gate.

    Oh, and count me in... I'll be there.

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    Default Re: All-Star 2007 to be held in Las Vegas

    WHATS WRONG WITH CONSECO HOSTIN' IT?

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    I'm not digging this whole Vegas thing much personally. If they had a good arena I'd be on board but the Mack Center is way too small for NBA basketball like kybjones said. Plus whats so great about Vegas anyway, its just casinos, night clubs, and easy women. Not like rich young men actually like those type of things.

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    WHATS WRONG WITH CONSECO HOSTIN' IT?

    Good question, I wish I had an answer. All you ever hear is media and other people raving about how great Conseco is but yet when it comes to things like this the city of Indy is obviously holding them back. It would be great to have All Star weekend at Conseco. You would have Jamaal in the skills, Freddie in the dunk, and maybe we could have a 3 point rep.

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    Actually, from what I gather, hosting the All-Star game isn't worth all the hassle. I'm betting the organization isn't trying too hard to lure the game to Indy.

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    You want to know a great way for a sport to **** off a city/state? Do what the NHL did, and instead of having the 2007 All Star game in Phoenix, replace it with the olympic games they play or whatever (which is fine), buit instead of maybe possibly pushing Phoenix back to 2008 and everybody else back a year they ditch Phoenix all together.
    "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

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    You want to know a great way for a sport to **** off a city/state? Do what the NHL did, and instead of having the 2007 All Star game in Phoenix, replace it with the olympic games they play or whatever (which is fine), buit instead of maybe possibly pushing Phoenix back to 2008 and everybody else back a year they ditch Phoenix all together.

    That pissed me off too, I was looking forward to that.

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    Walsh has repeatedly said it's not worth the hassle of hosting the All-Star game.

    And the T&M really isn't a good arena for fitting a lot of people into. But Vegas as a whole will benefit from having a bunch of young millionares in town.
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