Post by Diamond Girl on May 23, 2005 23:56:36 GMT -5
NBA reps will return to Vegas to scout All-Star locations By Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - NBA officials will return to Las Vegas next week to scout potential venues as part of the city's bid to host the league's 2007 All-Star game.
Las Vegas is attempting to become the first city without an NBA team to hold the All-Star game. Memphis, Tenn., is the only other city with a confirmed interest in hosting the All-Star weekend in 2007 or 2008. New Orleans and Charlotte, N.C., also have been mentioned as possible bidders.
League officials were in Las Vegas in April for a daylong tour. NBA spokesman Tim Frank on Friday said Las Vegas' All-Star application is still under review.
NBA officials will spend Tuesday through Friday examining the Thomas & Mack Center, various convention venues and hotels, according to Rossi Ralenkotter, president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
League officials previously said Las Vegas casinos would have to agree not to take bets on the game for the city to host the showcase event. Mayor Oscar Goodman has said he has received assurances major casinos would honor the request.
Next year's NBA All-Star events will be in Houston.
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