2020 NBA All-Star Game to be held in Chicago
The NBA on Friday will announce that the 2020 All-Star Game will be held in Chicago, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision wasn't announced publicly.
The last time Chicago hosted the event was 1988 when Michael Jordan won All-Star Game MVP. Jordan was also the dunk contest champion that year.
This year's All-Star Game festivities will be held in Los Angeles followed by Charlotte in 2019.
The NBA announced in October a new format to the All-Star Game in an attempt to revitalize the competitiveness of it. Beginning this year, there will be no Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference.
Instead, the two leading vote-getters from each conference will select players for their squads, regardless of conference affiliation. The captains will select from a pool of 22 other All-Stars. In total, there will still be 12 All-Stars from each conference.
Starters will still be determined by fans, media and players while reserves will be determined by coaches.
Specific details about the All-Star player draft will be determined later.
ESPN first reported the news.