New Orleans is reportedly favored to host the 2017 NBA All-Star game, which was originally scheduled for Charlotte.
But the Big Easy isn’t the only location in contention.
Several other NBA cities have become options if the league takes the step, including Chicago and New York/Brooklyn, sources told ESPN.
New York and Brooklyn co-hosted 2015 All-Star weekend. Chicago hasn’t hosted since 1988. That difference might put a dent into my theory that New Orleans’ recent hosting history (2008 and 2014) gives it a leg up to handle the event on short notice, though there could be a sliding scale on experience.
Interestingly, New York is the NBA’s largest market with Chicago near the top. New Orleans’ is the league’s smallest. I’m not convinced market size matters much for an All-Star game, though.
What might matter: People prefering to visit New Orleans rather than a Northern city in February.