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Chicagoan’s can be thankful to Jerry Reinsdorf for many reasons. He was the instrumental principle-owner of the Chicago Bulls during their dynasty years, signing off on checks for the likes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and many other immortal Bulls champions. He was also just as instrumental in producing the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox.
Thank you Jerry.
However, it seems as if Mr. Reinsdorf’s streak of success and grandeur has run it’s course. The prolific chairman, and his son Michael shot down the idea of a future All-Star Game weekend being held at the United Center.
“They’d have to force me to take the All-Star Game,” Jerry Reinsdorf said. “They take over the building, your season-ticket holders have to be in a lottery to see if they get tickets and then they don’t get a good ticket. Really, no good can come out of it and all it can do is upset your fans.”
Really? Really, Mr. Reinsdorf? All it can do is upset it’s fans? The last time Chicago hosted an NBA All-Star game was in 1988 – when Michael Jordan won both the slam dunk competition and the game’s MVP award – and a year before his first championship. Did it cripple the Chicago economy and it’s “season-ticket holders” then?
Despite the financial benefit and spotlight added to the city, the Reinsdorf’s claim the season-ticket holders would be the biggest casualty in the midst of all the melee.
Really? Really? Your biggest care and concern is control and season-ticket holders? Not Chicago and it’s 2,884,382 residents and business’s that could see millions of dollars in business? Just the season-ticket holders and your control over the facilities for nine days?
Why shun the idea of having an event that would be of major significance in the professional sports world? Even despite experts on the subject whom say that it can only bring positive’s to the city and the team.
After seeing how profitable and marketable the Super Bowl being held in Indianapolis was for it’s business’s and residents alike, and missing the Olympic bid in heartbreaking fashion. Jerry Reinsdorf and son should reconsider taking a deeper look into the possibility of hosting and All-Star game in a city – that with it’s team’s success – is over-deserving of participating in the weekend of fun and celebrity.
Reinsdorf business savvy however, should not go unheralded, after purchasing the Chicago Bulls organization, from November 20, 1987 through Michael Jordan’s 1999 retirement the Bulls sold out every game.
Derrick Rose is the NBA’s reigning MVP, and the Chicago Bulls are the NBA’s best team, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals last season with the NBA’s best record. Chicago has seen six NBA championships since it last hosted the All-Star Game, and for some reason someone seems to think that the All-Star Game is a bad thing.
This year’s All-Star Game will be hosted in Houston, and the NBA usually gets about seven or eight teams interested in bidding every year. The next announcement for the 2014 location will be announced soon. The next bids for the 2015 and 2016 sites will be sent out in the spring.
If anyone else agrees with the Reinsdorf’s that Chicago shouldn’t host an All-Star Game, please comment below with your reason.