Hey look, everybody, a sports league commissioner has used the promise of a major sporting event as a carrot to demand arena and/or stadium upgrades! That’s surely never happened before!
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the only thing that would prevent the city of Cleveland from hosting an NBA All-Star game is failing to make improvements to Quicken Loans Arena.
“They’ve expressed interest in it and we’re waiting for them to get the additional work done on the building,” Silver told Northeast Ohio Media Group during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals…
“It really comes down to when are the upgrades going to made to the arena,” Silver reiterated.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been asking for public money to upgrade the team’s 21-year-old arena, because the public money he got last year at this time wasn’t enough, or something. So Silver just did him a favor by delivering a promise, or a threat, or a promise-threat, in the hopes that Cleveland officials will get all exciting about the possibility of an NBA All-Star Game without checking to see whether other host cities have actually benefitted from them one bit. Because that’s what commissioners do.
In totally unrelated news, the NFL has said that it will maybe consider holding the 2020 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, if there’s a stadium and a team in place there by then. Must be nice to be the kid with the new car everyone wants to ride in.