Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski said Cleveland had been promised an NBA All-Star game if it upgraded its arena, but the league also told the Cavs that Cleveland wouldn’t host in 2020 or 2021 unless renovations began by Sept. 15, 2017. Construction didn’t begin until February, and the NBA awarded the 2020 (Chicago) and 2021 (Indianapolis) events to other cities.
But Cleveland won’t be left out in the cold.
Multiple sources have told Crain’s that the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers soon will announce that Quicken Loans Arena will host an NBA All-Star Game.
The earliest the NBA All-Star festivities could be held at The Q is 2022.
The NBA is providing a carrot with a message attached to all cities: Publicly fund arenas, and you might get rewarded with an All-Star game. It’s a bad deal for taxpayers, but great for the league.
That said, if Cleveland gets the game in 2022, that’d be three straight years of All-Star games in cold-weather Midwest cities. Not the most fun time in the middle of the winter.