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NBA All Star Game

NBA All Star Game

  • Premiered: 
    January 23, 1959
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Sports
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    All-Star Game for NBA Basketball 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags: basketball (pro)

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Plot Synopsis

In January or February each year since 1952 -- except for 1999, when the NBA ALL-STAR GAME was canceled because of the lockout -- the National Basketball Association (NBA) holds its annual All-Star game, featuring the top players from the Western and Eastern Conferences playing against each other. Seven years after the inaugural event, NBC aired the the game on Friday, January 23, at 10pm ET, the first time the game was nationally televised. Four years, later, after not being on national TV, the game was syndicated from 1963 - 1967, airing during primetime. In 1968, ABC first aired the game, and continued to present the NBA ALL-STAR GAME on Tuesday evenings through 1973. For the next year, the game switched networks to CBS, where it continued on Tuesday nights for only three more years. In 1977, CBS switched the game to Sunday afternoons through 1990, when NBC continued to air the game Sunday mid-day until 1992. In 1993, NBC moved the games to early primetime on Sundays, and continued to telecast them on that day and time until 2002. Since 2003, TNT has annually presented the game on Sunday evenings.
TNT broadcast the 2016 ALL-STAR GAME, live from Air Canada Centre in Toronto at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT on Sunday, February 14, 2016, with the game simulcast on sister station TBS. Cirque du Soleil opens the telecast, performing acrobatics before tip-off; Ne-Yo and Nelly Furtado sing the U.S. and Canadian anthems, respectively; and Sting performs at halftime.