NBA players sign on for 'Obama Classic' fundraiser
November 19th, 2011
10:41 AM ET
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NBA players sign on for 'Obama Classic' fundraiser

(CNN) - The chances of seeing professional basketball in 2011 are getting smaller, but fans of the sport will have at least one opportunity to watch pro players at work in December - if they're willing to include a donation for President Barack Obama's re-election bid.

The "First Ever Obama Classic" is slated for a yet-to-be-announced venue in Washington on December 12, three days before the first possible NBA game.

A labor dispute between league owners and players has threatened to scuttle the 2011-12 season, and the earliest possible date play could begin is December 15, league officials have said.

The "Obama Classic" will feature NBA players past and present, with money from tickets going toward Obama's re-election campaign.

Some of the NBA's biggest names have already signed on, including Boston Celtics' guard Ray Allen, New York Knicks' forward Carmelo Anthony, and Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh.

Other players include Patrick Ewing, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard, and two female players: Cheryl Miller and Tina Thompson. More players will be added before the event, according to the Obama campaign.

The campaign is making a limited number of $100 tickets available to the Obama Classic for "Gen44" donors, a classification for Obama's younger supporters. General admission tickets are $200, premium seats are $500, and courtside tickets will set fans back $5,000.

Obama is a big basketball fan. Last week, he watched a college game aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier docked in San Diego. And earlier this fall, former professional players attended an Obama fundraiser in Orlando.

At that event, Obama told the crowd, "I don't miss my shots in the fourth quarter."

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. sara

    I want to watch. O 2012

    November 20, 2011 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  2. sara

    Pa the Republcian that you voted for. Ask them do they care after standing by for 8 years and cheered on the deficits and spending....Unpaid for Wars, Medicare Part D, and Huge Tax Cuts for the WEALTHY. (and themselves) Tell Newt to forego his jewels and help feed the hunger and tell his wife less hairspray and hair dye will help our environment. This is inept and GREEDY.

    November 20, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Well, now we know what the players listed to play think of American; reacist, mean, gun toting, white guys. Can you believe the arrogance of a man, who has miserably failed this country, going out to play basketball for Himself! I don't want to hear the deficiet is GW's fault, because EVERY president, but a few left some deficit. The real Presidential man stands up and takes responsibility and not cop out and blame others, is that we think leadership is? He had three years to fix our problems, but were deeper in debt. 3 TRILLION more in debt than any other president or time combined. Remember, OB famous quote: "White man's greed,...." how about "Pastor" Wright! How about his drive to divide the country and conquer. He is not a uniter, but a obvious divider. His international creditials are just terrible and has sucked this country to the pits. China became a superpower under his watch. I can go on and on, but the masses seem to be total mindless followers that want handouts and someone else to think for them. I say Obama double-dribbled, missed his shot, got a technical, made a shot for the other team and fouled out. Get a real leader in the White House.

    November 20, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  4. Marry

    Great idea!!!!!!!! Have fun and enjoy!!!!!!! Could someone please get a ticket for trj84054? He is so frustrated and needs to loosen up!

    November 20, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
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