Jerry Reinsdorf's 'mellowing' helped bring 2020 NBA All-Star Game to Chicago

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:18:31 AM. Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf long had opposed Chicago hosting another All-Star Game because it displaces season ticket holders.
was a law student at the when Chicago last hosted an in 1988, which Silver attended at the Stadium. The dunk contest for the ages that and Dominique Wilkins staged still resonates with the commissioner, who sat up high then but front and center Friday, when he officially announced the 2020 All-Star weekend will come to the United Center. "I'm looking forward to better seats," Silver cracked. He'll get them. But so, apparently, should Joey , son of President Michael Reinsdorf and a junior studying economics at Northwestern. Joey's grandfather, Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, long had opposed hosting another All-Star Game because it displaces season ticket holders. But when Michael and Joey attended last season's event in New Orleans — a game the Bulls tried to get when Silver pulled it from Charlotte over North Carolina's anti-LGBT law — 20 years of traveling to All-Star Games prompted an observation. "Joey turned to me and said, 'Dad, since we've been going to these games, it's been in Houston twice, New Orleans twice. It's even been in Vegas, and they don't have a team,'" Michael recalled. "'So when is it going to be us?'" The United Center, which opened in August 1994, will get its turn after Los Angeles in 2018 and Charlotte in 2019. The league announced the new Wintrust Arena will host the Saturday All-Star celebrity game and Rising Stars and All-Star practices. Fan-focused events will be staged at Navy Pier. "I can't think of a better town to have an All-Star Game,"...Read more
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