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Report: NBA cancels hotel reservations for 2021 All-Star Weekend

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With the form of the 2020-21 NBA season unclear, the NBA reportedly is no longer planning on its originally scheduled All-Star weekend in Indianapolis.

Anthony Calhoun of WISH-TV in Indianapolis reports that the NBA has canceled all hotel contracts for the 2021 All-Star Weekend, meaning the league doesn't plan for it to happen on time, if at all.

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Following Calhoun's report, the Indiana Pacers released a statement confirming that the hotel reservations are no longer in place for President's Day Weekend. 

Given the uncertainty surrounding the schedule for the 2020-21 NBA season, the NBA informed its hotel partners in Indianapolis that NBA All-Star 2021 is unlikely to take place on Presidents' Day weekend so that they could make other arrangements. More information about next season's schedule, including NBA All-Star, will be announced at a later date. - Indiana Pacers

The 2021 All-Star Game was originally scheduled for February 14, 2021, but with a scheduled start of the 2020-21 season not set to begin until December 1, 2020, it wouldn't make sense to have the All-Star game just two months after the beginning of the season, on top of the concerns with the coronavirus. It's quite possible that fans will not be in attendance of games for much of the 2020-21 NBA season. 

IndyStar reported in February 2020 that the city expected All-Star weekend to provide an economic boost of $100 million. 

 

"We have been working with the NBA since 2017 to bring our fans and our city this world-class event, just as we did when we last hosted in 1985," said Pacers Sports & Entertainment President/COO Rick Fuson. "While it appears NBA All-Star 2021 is unlikely to happen on Presidents' Day weekend, we are excited about continuing to collaborate with the NBA as we look to the future."

Hopefully that day comes sooner rather than later.