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2-Minute Charlotte: How bad do we want the All-Star game?

Michael Jordan points to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference announcing that the NBA All-Star game would come to Charlotte.
Michael Jordan points to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference announcing that the NBA All-Star game would come to Charlotte. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

2-Minute Charlotte gets you caught up on the day’s most important local news before your coffee has a chance to cool down. Today’s edition: 452 words. Expected reading time: 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

It won’t be cheap to bring LeBron James and Steph Curry to Charlotte for a weekend.

A month after the big announcement that the NBA All-Star game would come to town, the tab is already starting to come due. The Charlotte City Council is expected to approve a contract this evening that lays out just what the city’s taxpayers are required to provide in $5.9 million worth of subsidies. There’s a whole list of things the city has to pay for, but the basics include a “host fee” to go to the NBA, free use of Time Warner Cable Arena, police patrols, and promotion.

THE BACKGROUND: Last fall, Charlotte agreed to spend more than $30 million over the next decade to gussy up Time Warner Cable Arena, including a new scoreboard, better lower bowl seating, etc. As a kind of thank you, the NBA’s top brass came to town just two months later and said it was now inevitable that the city could host an All-Star weekend. The official announcement that the NBA would come to town in 2017 came sooner than most people thought.

WHY THIS MATTERS: Charlotte really seems to be trying to brand itself as an international sports town. Just this month, the city has hosted two big-name soccer games and Charlotte is also taking a run at college football’s championship. There’s been talk about trying to get a Super Bowl here. And don’t forget the PGA Championship coming to Quail Hollow in two years. The conversation tonight could be a referendum of sorts on how the city’s leadership feels about all this – and how much they’ll be willing to pay to stay on the playing field.

What people are talking about

GASTONIA STUDENT DIES FROM HEAD INJURY: The 15-year-old girl who was kicked by her father’s horse over the weekend passed away at Levine Children’s Hospital.

REPUBLICAN TAKING THE LEAD ON CLIMATE CHANGE: A Charlotte businessman and big Republican political donor is betting he can convince the party faithful to embrace the reality of climate change and do something about it.

NO ANSWER IN KILLING AFTER LI’L WAYNE CONCERT: Thousands of people were in the parking lot, but nobody has come forward to say they saw how Warren Price died two years ago. His family hopes for a break in the case.

What to watch for

SCHOOL BOARD WILL BE BUSY THIS WEEK: Programs have been on edge for months about a comprehensive review Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools did of its magnet programs. We’re expected to get a look at the results Tuesday. The school board will also talk again about finding a new superintendent.

APPLE REPAIR SHOP COMING: A new franchise that will fix your broken iPhone is opening up in early August just south of Ballantyne.

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