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2021 NBA All-Star Game Will Be in Indiana

NBA fans in the state of Indiana have not had a lot to get excited about in recent years. However, that is set to change. It was just announced that the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will host its first NBA All-Star game in 2021. There had been rumors circulating for quite some time that Indiana might be awarded the All-Star game from the NBA. However, nothing was made official until recently. It has been a very long time since Indiana last hosted an NBA All-Star game. That was way back in 1985 when it was held in the old Hoosier Dome.

The Indiana Pacers have played very well this season. They have been one of the surprise stories in the NBA. So NBA fans in Indiana can feel good for two reasons. It is a very big deal for a city to be awarded the All-Star game in a major sport. It creates a big boost for the local economy in the weeks leading up to the event. Local restaurants and hotels can benefit greatly from all the additional people coming to town. Unfortunately, 2012 is still a very long time from now.

The governor of Indiana and the mayor of Indianapolis both said a few weeks ago that they were hopeful about the NBA All-Star game being awarded to the city. However, both were cautiously optimistic when they were asked if they thought it would really happen. Both said there are a lot of politics involved in that sort of decision.

Indianapolis to Host 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Indianapolis has developed a reputation for being one of the best cities in the Midwest to host big sporting events. The city did an excellent job with the Super Bowl in 2012 and the Final Four in 2015. The attendance records set two years ago helped Indianapolis land another Final Four in 2021. City officials just learned today that they will be hosting another huge event that same year. The NBA has officially announced that the 2021 All-Star game will be held in Indianapolis.

This will be the first time that the Indiana Pacers get to host the NBA All-Star game since 1985. Many experts expected the prestigious game to get awarded to the city of Cleveland, but the NBA clearly wanted to reward the passionate Pacers fans. The beautiful new renovations to Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the city’s reputation as an excellent event destination certainly did not hurt either.

The Pacers front office worked tirelessly over the last few years to get this honor. The team sent several members of staff to the All-Star games in Toronto and New Orleans the last two years to improve their pitch to the NBA. They also had Larry Bird officially announce the Pacers’ desire to host the game by driving a race car to the NBA headquarters earlier this year.

The exact date of the game has not been announced, but the NBA traditionally holds the All-Star game in mid-February. In addition to the game, Indianapolis will also get to host the celebrity game, dunk contest and several other exciting events during the same weekend.

Former Pacers Star Paul George to Make Indiana Return

Paul George is one of the best players in NBA. The Indiana Pacers chose him in the first round in the 2010 NBA draft. His game has improved by leaps and bounds. However, seven seasons playing for the Indiana team was enough to make George ask for a trade. His request was granted and he was sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder before the start of this season. He will now play in Indiana for the first time since he was traded. His return to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse is sure to be an emotional one for George and the fans that once cheered for him. He will now be wearing the colors of the enemy. It is for that reason that George believes he will be booed when he walks onto the court. It remains to be seen if that will be the case.

Paul George’s return to Indiana has been talked about ever since his trade to Oklahoma City was announced. It is no surprise that the game has been sold out for months. Tickets are going for high prices on the secondary market. Some people believe that George will be cheered during the introductions at the start of the game. However, it is expected that he will be booed once the game gets underway. Pacer fans are usually fairly respectful to former players who come back to Indiana for the first time. They will most likely give George the respect he deserves for being a great player for so long.

Pacers Lose Tight Game Against Thunder

Today was definitely an emotional day for the Indiana Pacers and their fans. Paul George returned to Indianapolis for the first time since getting traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the off-season. The surreal feeling of seeing George in an opposing jersey for the first time was only made worse when the Pacers lost an extremely tight game to the Thunder.

The emotional game started off great for Indiana. They rode the solid play of Victor Oladipo to a five-point lead at the end of the first quarter. George stepped up his defense on Oladipo in the second quarter, which helped the Thunder secure a five-point lead at halftime. A fairly even third quarter gave both teams a chance to win the game heading into the fourth quarter.

The Pacers were down 11 points with only five minutes remaining, but a late surge made it a one-point game with 40 seconds left. Indiana got the defensive stop the needed in the final seconds, but Oklahoma City got two offensive rebounds before getting a tip-in basket. Paul George sealed the victory with a key steal before the Pacers could get up the potential game-tying shot. The Oklahoma City Thunder ultimately got a 100-95 victory after George made two late free throws.

The Pacers did a good job of shutting down their former superstar on the offensive side of the ball, but they simply had no answers for his excellent defense. Indiana will have a 16-10 record when they host the Detroit Pistons on December 15.

Indiana Hotel Operator Eliminates 50 Jobs

White Lodging is the name of a company that has ownership of many hotels in the United States. The company has their headquarters in Merrillville, Indiana. They just made the announcement that 50 people will be laid off who work at the headquarters. The people will be able to keep working for White Lodging until April of next year. The layoffs were necessitated by the sale of a portion of the company. The company currently operates many Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott hotels. These famous hotel chains license their name to companies like White Lodging for a fee. In this case, White Lodging will be eliminating some of the contracts it has with those chains so that it can invest the money elsewhere.

White Lodging has plans to expand their hotel business to become more competitive. They want to build many new hotels over the next three years. The expansion will give White Lodging control of roughly 100 hotels across the country. The Chief Executive Officer of the company said that it is never a pleasant thing to tell people they no longer have a job. However, these 50 layoffs were a necessity for the future financial security of the company. He went on to say that this is something that all companies have to do at some point.

The people who will be laid off in April have not been informed yet. It is unclear if the decision regarding which employees will be let go has been made as of yet.

Tourists Flock to Indiana

The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has announced that tourism numbers in the Hoosier State skyrocketed in 2016. In 2016, a record 79 million tourists visited the state, spending over $12 billion. 48 million visitors came to the state for the day, but 31 million additional tourists elected to spend the night inside Indiana’s borders. According to the report, the majority of tourism dollars spent in Indiana last year went towards food and beverages, while $2.7 billion was spent in Indiana stores.

The Office of Tourism Development also released figures pertaining to the importance of tourism on the economy in Indiana, stating that tourism is the state’s top service industry. According to the report, more than 180,000 residents work in the tourism industry. Additionally, more than 240,000 people work in related fields that receive tourist dollars. In 2016, visitors to Indiana paid over $1 billion in state taxes.

Indiana’s most prominent tourist destinations include the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The state is also home to popular car museums in Auburn, South Bend and Evansville. These attractions draw visitors from all over the world.

This increase in tourists comes on the heels of Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative, a state plan to attract qualified workers to the state. The initiative involves a $1.2 billion investment in agritourism attractions, new roads, improved railways, and upgraded universities. The government is also working on a plan to attract recreational tourists to the state by expanding and improving Indiana’s bike paths.

George to Play First Game in Indiana Since Trade

Oklahoma City Forward and former Pacers star, Paul George, will be making his first return to Indianapolis since he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the offseason. Despite the fact that he was traded, George is not expecting a warm welcome from his former hometown fans due to his acrimonious split with the team.

Halfway through last season, George informed the team that he didn’t plan to remain with them for the rest of his career. Disappointed, the team began to shop him around to other teams in a possible trade scenario. George publicly asking to be traded diminished his value on the trade market because opposing franchises knew that the Pacers had to get rid of him, leading to a deal with Oklahoma City that many experts thought was well below market value for the Pacers.

George spent seven seasons in Indiana, leading the team to two Eastern Conference Finals. He averaged 18.2 points a game along with just over six rebounds and three assists per game during his time as a Pacer. He is certainly the most successful player to wear that uniform since Reggie Miller. George was one of the most popular players in the history of the franchise.

Despite his popularity and success with the team, George and his Thunder teammates do not expect a warm welcome when they take the court in Indianapolis on Wednesday. The Pacers fanbase is loyal to their team and the fans will be sure to let number 13 know that he is no longer welcome. It will interesting to see how both teams perform in this homecoming for the four-time All-Star.

Key To Playoff Run For Indiana: Myles Turner

The Indiana Pacers were very busy this past offseason as they dealt tenured superstar veteran Paul George for a package that centered around swingman Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, a young power forward. Now, with the NBA season underway, Indiana has their eyes on a deep playoff run in the Eastern Conference. The key to success for these playoff ambitions? If you guessed Oladipo and Sabonis, you guessed incorrectly. Instead, Indiana is coalescing around their young big man Myles Turner and his need to become the face of the franchise.
Last season was a tantalizing exposure to the power that Turner could display on the block but so far in 2017 he just hasn’t been doing enough.

Indiana knows that they need Turner to be excellent in order to be competitive, but that just hasn’t been the case thus far this season. turner’s minutes are down, his shooting percentage is down across the board, and his head just doesn’t seem to be in the game quite as much. At just 21 years old, there is a lot of growing up for Turner to do both above the shoulders and below it. The question begs to be asked, how patient will Indiana be with the supposed future of their franchise?

When it is all said and done, if Indiana is going to be an elite team in the East for the next four or five years, they are going to need everyone on the floor to step up. turner needs to lead the way.

Indians Wants Money Back From Superintendent

The state of Indiana has a major focus on education reform. Gary is one of the worst cities in the entire state. Over the years, Gary has had a high crime rate and poor educational opportunities for children who live there.

The superintendent of schools from Gary recently received a large bonus for her performance. However, it turns out that many of the test scores were false. The state of Indiana is now trying to get that bonus back from her. It will be investing to see if they are successful in court.

Investing in Education

Over the past few years, the state has invested a lot of time and money into education for children. At one time, Indiana had inferior test scores relative to other states. However, the test scores have started to increase recently. This is primarily due to an increased focus on education from state legislators and more funding for teachers.

In the coming years, the leaders of the state want to continue focusing on education. There are many children in the state who are still not receiving a quality education due to the area they live in. If a child grows up in a poor area, their odds of going to college are much lower than someone who lives in a wealthy area. The state government is hopeful that recent changes will help poorer students.

Butler University Now Selling Beer At Basketball Games

For Butler fans who want to enjoy a cold one while watching the basketball game from the stands, they can now do so after university officials made a rule allowing it. According to the Indy Star, the beer is sold at Hinkle Fieldhouse concession stands and a few other locations as part of this new experiment by Butler. The issue had been debated on for a while but reached a consensus at last that it could be done.

One of the concerns some longtime Butler fans have had is that alcohol could ruin the experience for families and others looking to enjoy it clear of obscenities. Butler administrators understand this and have pledged to make sure those who do consume alcohol do so responsibly, and limits have been set on how much can be sold at a time. You can also be sure IDs will be checked at every sale.

Butler is well aware of the problems many professional venues face these days, particularly in the NFL and MLB between home and visiting fans. And that’s why they have highlighted that they intend to enforce their call for good sportsmanship and avoiding misconduct in the stands. Fans who throw objects on the court or get involved in altercations may be ejected and be reported to the campus police. Butler says this rule is really just an addition to a few other sports facilities where alcohol is also permitted.