LOS ANGELES, JUNE 7, 2009 -- Los Angeles, a city with a reputation for producing highly successful sequels, and STAPLES Center, considered one of the world's best arenas for sports and entertainment, have been selected to host NBA All-Star 2011, marking the fifth time The City of Angels and the second time STAPLES Center will be the site of the annual celebration, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced at a press conference today in Los Angeles. AEG President and CEO Timothy J. Leiweke and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Stern at the announcement.
The 60th NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, February 20 at STAPLES Center which will also host the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam and NBA All-Star Saturday Night. NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas, the hugely successful interactive basketball celebration, will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Additionally, the NBA has the ability to activate the great hospitality and event spaces across the street from STAPLES Center within L.A. LIVE including the new Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels. Los Angeles becomes the first city to host five NBA All-Star Games.
"Its state-of-the-art facilities, passionate fans, and first-class hospitality and entertainment options make Los Angeles an ideal host for NBA All-Star," said Commissioner Stern. "We thank the city and STAPLES Center for welcoming us once again."
The 2010-11 season will mark the 27th year that Turner Sports will provide NBA All-Star coverage, and the ninth consecutive year the All-Star Game will be televised in primetime on TNT. The All-Star Game will be seen by a worldwide television audience in more than 200 countries and will be broadcast in more than 40 languages.
"L.A. LIVE was truly designed to be a home for great events like the NBA All-Star game," said Leiweke, President & CEO AEG, owners of STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE. "We are fortunate that this will be the second All-Star weekend STAPLES Center will host in the last ten years and our ability to incorporate one of the best weekends in all of sports into our 100-acre campus is exactly what L.A. LIVE was created for. We are privileged to be partners with the NBA and welcome them back to Los Angeles and L.A. LIVE."
"There is no better place to host the action and drama of the NBA All-Star Game than the stage of so many award winning performances," said Mayor Villaraigosa. "On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, we look forward to welcoming NBA fans and players from across the country and around the globe to the entertainment capital of the world."
STAPLES Center last played host to NBA All-Star in 2004, when the Los Angeles Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant combined for 44 points as the West edged the East 136-132. O'Neal earned MVP honors with 24 points and 11 rebounds. L.A. also hosted the All-Star Game in 1963, 1972 and 1983. The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena hosted All-Star in 1963, while the Forum hosted the other '72 and '83 games. The 1972 classic saw the Lakers' Jerry West thrill the hometown fans with a last-second jumper that gave the West a 112-110 victory and netted him MVP honors. - more- LOS ANGELES TO HOST NBA ALL-STAR 2011 -- page 2
NBA All-Star competitions will get underway on Friday, Feb. 18, as the league's top rookies and second-year players square off in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. The following day's festivities will feature an all-inclusive skills showcase known as NBA All-Star Saturday Night, which is comprised of Haier Shooting Stars, a competition featuring NBA and WNBA players and NBA Legends; PlayStation® Skills Challenge, a contest of top guards working against the clock to complete a series of passes, free throws, lay-ups and agility drills; the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, a long-standing staple of the evening; and the ever-entertaining Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
During NBA All-Star 2011, the NBA will continue to celebrate its tradition and commitment to social responsibility with a schedule of NBA Cares events. NBA Cares will partner with schools, government, and local non-profit organizations in Los Angeles and surrounding areas to highlight the league's grassroots and community initiatives that reach millions of young people and their parents while providing critical resources to community-based programs.
One of the event's most popular attractions is NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. At Jam Session, fans can have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of participating in the NBA All-Star excitement, with the chance to meet and collect free autographs from NBA Players and Legends. Jam Session is nonstop basketball action, as fans can shoot, slam, dribble, and drive all day; compete against their friends in skills challenges; or get basketball tips from NBA Players and Legends. Young fans can hang out at Kids Zone -- with hoops and interactive activities that are the perfect size for kids' slam dunks, three-pointers, and jump shots. For fans who want NBA entertainment, Jam Session features the NBA's favorite players, celebrities, mascots, and dance teams as they hit Center Court in a variety of basketball competitions, including the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and the NBA All-Star Practice.
STAPLES Center, back-to-back recipients of the prestigious Pollstar-CIC Arena of the Year award, has clearly established itself as the Sports and Entertainment Center of the World. As the home of four professional sports franchises -- the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks -- STAPLES Center has proven to be a home court advantage for the local teams. STAPLES Center continues to distinguish itself as the host of major, high-profile events of national and international distinction including the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, the 2002 NHL All-Star Game, the 2000 Democratic National Convention and 2009 World Figure Skating Championships, nine Grammy Award shows as well as the annual X Games competitions and Pac-10 Men's Basketball Championship tournaments. STAPLES Center's ten years have also been marked with performances and special events that brought international stature to Los Angeles' sports & entertainment icon including concerts by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (who played the arena's first-ever public event on October 17, 1999), Prince, U2, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Usher, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, as well as world championship boxing including Lennox Lewis vs. Vitali Klitschko for the World Heavyweight Championship. Hosting over 240 events a year, the arena's reputation for world-class amenities, features and commitment to quality of service and the guest experience is second to none.
AEG is currently overseeing the final development stages of L.A. LIVE, a 4 million square foot/$2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center featuring the recently opened Club Nokia, a 2,300 capacity live music venue, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, a 7,100-seat live theatre, a 54-story, 1001-room convention "headquarters" destination (featuring The Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott hotels and 224 luxury condominiums -- The Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE -- all in a single tower), the GRAMMY Museum, a 14-screen Regal Cineplex, "broadcast" facilities for ESPN, a 100,000 sf of special events deck, the one-of-a-kind GRAMMY Museum, saluting the history of music and the genre's best known awards show all centered around Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE, a 40,000 sf outdoor event space along with entertainment, residential, restaurant and office space.
By Dave McMenamin, NBA.com
Posted Jun 7 2009 10:09PM
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LOS ANGELES -- The NBA All-Star Game will return to Los Angeles in 2011, just seven years after the city last hosted the event. Is London or another international city a possible location for the event in the near future?
Commissioner David Stern made the announcement Sunday prior to Game 2 with AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke at his side. AEG, which owns Staples Center and L.A. Live, the entertainment district adjacent to the arena, also happens to own the O2 Arena in London as well as other state-of-the-art sports arenas around the world.
"We had a great experience with them in London," Leiweke said, referring to the 2007 Europe Live preseason exhibition game between the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors. "Clearly they know it's the No. 1 arena right now in the world as far as events and activity, and we'd like to do something else with them over there."
Stern joked that AEG is a small company that can't afford to bring the All-Star Game overseas, but the league has made adjustments to the February showcase in recent years that suggest it would be open to taking the game abroad.
Three seasons ago, the All-Star Game was held in Las Vegas, a non-NBA host city. The '10 All-Star Game will be held in a non-NBA arena at the new Cowboys Stadium, home to Dallas' NFL franchise. Having the game in London would also be a good gauge of local interest in having a European division added to the league, something that Stern has expressed desire to see happen before his tenure is up.
As for the 2011 All-Star Game returning to L.A. so soon, Stern said the league is likely to "shorten the rotation a bit" when it chooses venues in the future, similar to the way the NCAA has a go-to list of cities for the Final Four.
"It's getting more difficult to find cities with the kinds of amenities, close hotel accommodations, the convention center and the like and L.A. has been a popular destination," Stern said.
It will be the fifth All-Star Game for Los Angeles, the only city to have teams in all of the NBA's leagues with the Lakers and Clippers as well as the Sparks of the WNBA and the D-Fenders of the D-League.
Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa estimated the event will bring in $100 million in revenue to the city.
"This will be a great shot in the arm, a great opportunity for us to show off L.A., particularly downtown L.A.," Villarigosa said.
TAIPEI, June 19, 2009 -- The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced it will play its first-ever game in Taipei when the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers tip off at the Taipei Arena on October 8, 2009. The announcement took place today in Taipei with NBA Greater China CEO Tim Chen, Mayor of Taipei Hau Lung-bin, Minister of the Sports Affairs Council Tai Hsia Ling, and President of Chinese Taipei Basketball Association Wang Ren-Da. Taipei will become the seventh Asian city to host an NBA game, following Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Tokyo and Yokohama.
"October 8th will be an historic day for the NBA and for the millions of basketball fans in Taiwan," said NBA Greater China CEO Tim Chen. "Taiwan fans are very passionate about the game and we are honored to be able to present a matchup of these two great teams for them."
The game at the Taipei Arena, capacity 12,874, will showcase two talented teams and some of the NBA's best players. The Nuggets made it to the Western Conference finals this season and are led by two-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony and the 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups. The Pacers are led by NBA All-Star Danny Granger who was the winner of the NBA's 2008-09 Most Improved Player award presented by Kia Motors and the fifth leading scorer in the league this season. The dance teams and mascots from both teams will be onsite to further provide an authentic NBA experience for fans.
As part of the league's commitment to social responsibility, NBA Cares will conduct community events in Taipei designed to positively impact the city and its youth. Since it began in 2005, NBA Cares has created 418 places where kids and families can live, learn or play in 20 countries across five continents.
"NBA fans in Taipei have been waiting a long time to see an NBA game in person and we are very excited to be hosting these two great teams in October," said Taipei Mayor, Mr. Hau Lung-bin. "Working together with the NBA, we plan to host an unforgettable event that will benefit our citizens and raise Taipei's profile as a premier destination for sporting events."
The game in Taipei is the fourth preseason game the NBA has announced that will be played outside the United States and Canada this October. NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS will feature the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz in London on Oct. 6 and the Jazz against the Euroleague's Real Madrid in Madrid on Oct. 8. NBA Mexico Game 2009 will feature the Phoenix Suns and the Philadelphia 76ers in Monterrey, Mexico on Oct. 18. To date, the NBA has staged a total of 93 games outside of the U.S. and Canada in 31 cities in 16 countries and territories.
The NBA, which opened its office in Taipei in 1997, continues to demonstrate its commitment to growing the game. During the 2008-09 season, three broadcast partners aired up to ten live games per week. In August 2008, former NBA Champions, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, Glen Rice and B.J. Armstrong teamed up with players from Taiwan's Super Basketball League to play two exhibition games as part of the NBA Legends Challenge. The league has organized dozens of other interactive fan events including NBA Madness, NBA Jam session and NBA 2-ball.