Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/24/13
The basketball world is coming to Toronto in early 2016. Multiple sources told the Toronto Sun Tuesday that the Raptors are on the verge of landing the 2016 NBA all-star weekend. An official announcement is expected shortly that will reveal further details of how one of the sport's biggest weekends will tie in to the Toronto Raptors' 20th-anniversary season. Tim Leiweke Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO made it clear upon taking over the company that landing the prestigious event was one of his early goals. “Clearly the 2016 all-star game is a flag in the sand that we planted with the NBA. It is a must have in my opinion and it will be the centre piece of how we rebrand this” Leiweke said in May. Incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver was in town earlier this month for MLSE Expo a get-together of MLSE employees but Leiweke told the Sun at the time that Silver wasn’t in town to go over the all-star bid. He will take over for David Stern this February.
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