NBA, players’ union working toward March 7 All-Star Game in Atlanta
According to ESPN sources, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are working towards a deal that would bring the annual All-Star Game to Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, March 7. The event would last one night at State Farm Arena and would include an Eastern Conference versus Western Conference game along with skills competitions.
Both the NBA and NBPA are still working to hammer out logistics and details surrounding effective transportation along with health and safety protocols. However, both sides are apparently growing more confident in the idea of star players’ willingness to participate in the event amidst the condensed season from the ongoing pandemic.
NBPA president Chris Paul has been supportive of the idea of playing the All-Star Game this year in Atlanta, and he has pushed for using the game to benefit historically black colleges and universities and to provide COVID-19 relief.
Broadcasting the events should not be a problem as Turner Sports annually airs All-Star Weekend festivities, and its headquarters is located in Atlanta. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in February in Indianapolis, Indiana, but it was canceled due to the pandemic. In exchange, Indianapolis was awarded to host the 2024 All-Star Weekend. For more sports coverage, click here.