Atlanta to host 2005 All-Star Game, maybe
According to a few sources, the Thrashers will be awarded the 2005 All-Star game. The NHL plans to announce this after the sale of the team is finalized, which should happen sometime in the next few weeks. The relatively new venue, Philips Arena, is likely one of the bigger reasons for this. Of course, with a possible lockout upcoming, this All-Star weekend could be pushed back or even cancelled.
Since many labor disputes (in any industry) don’t really see much progress until a deadline is upon them, it is much too early to say what the outcome of this one will be. All we are seeing now is the posturing phase, trying to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of the other side. Despite all the nasty talk, that’s all this has been so far. No more, no less. So jumping to any conclusion is very premature at this point.
But the possibility does exist that at least part of next season won’t happen. If that is indeed the case, the game may be cancelled. And due to the rotation the NHL has, it would be at least a few years before Atlanta is considered again. Actually, not really sure how that works so I could be wrong. Anyone who knows, please feel free to correct my gaff.
I know the game itself is considered to be a side-show by many, and not worth it. But I’m looking forward to the entire weekend and the festivities that it has to offer, if I get the chance to be there. As if I wasn’t hoping enough for this labor BS to be resolved, now I have another big reason. Time for the those who make six or seven digits a year to realize what they already have and what they could possibly lose, and get this thing done.
By the way, here’s the link to the article: