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NBA All-Star Break Extended, Starting with New York

August 14th, 2014 at 7:07 AM
By Matt Agne

The inevitable has happened! The NBA is extending the All-Star break in all it's splendor. Quite frankly, this is a money-grab. However, it's a smart one. One that will work and will be popular around the globe. It will also be good for the New York area since the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will host this years activities.

'Knicks Vs. New Jersey Nets 12/6/09' photo (c) 2009, Bari D - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Extending the NBA All-Star break is not a new idea. Players have been asking for this for years. For too many, a break they'd like to use to rest their bodies is just too short.

The NBA has heard their cries and answered their calls. Not really to help the players but to use the opportunity to get more money from their fans, but the players will take it regardless of the reasons.

This decision should be a win-win for players and the league. Players should get a chance to recharge for the end of the season, even if they're part of the All-Star festivities, and the league should generate additional revenue.

'New York September 2010' photo (c) 2010, Johan Wieland - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The NBA has scheduled the All-Star break from February 12-19, giving players a week-long break. The All-Star game will take place in New York on February 15, giving most teams and players about eight or nine days off.

The NBA is going to consider this a try out for the larger break. They'll see how things go this season and adjust moving forward. However, the larger break is something that players and coaches are in favor of.

It's very likely that even though the league will make money off the larger break that the owners will use it against the players in the next CBA negotiation. That's just part of the business.

'Paul McCartney Out There tour, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY, 6/8/13' photo (c) 2013, Rob DiCaterino - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

That being said, the NBA will be sure to use the larger break to run events all over the New York area in order to cause more excitement and generate more funds for league.

It also allows the NBA to be game free during the time of the trade deadline. That’s a time fans clamor about what their teams may or may not do. The February speculation is a big deal. The bigger break will put even more of an onus on that.

For those wondering, the New York Knicks will play their last game before the break on February 11 against the Orlando Magic in Florida. They won't play again until February 20 against the Miami Heat in Madison Square Garden.

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Tags: Basketball, Brooklyn Nets, CBA, Madison Square Garden, Miami Heat, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic

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