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NBA confirms matchup for HBCU Classic during All-Star weekend

The NBA plans to "generate exposure" for HBCUs at All-Star weekend again this season, announcing today that Howard-Morgan State would be the "matchup for the inaugural NBA HBCU Classic on Feb. 19," according to Tim Reynolds of the AP. Howard was scheduled to play Morgan State that day at home in DC, but at the NBA’s "request, the teams will meet in Cleveland on the Saturday of All-Star weekend." Details are "still being worked out." The NBA said that the game "will be nationally televised from the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, the arena that will play host to some All-Star weekend events." Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will be the site of the "biggest events of the weekend." The NBA in addition to announcing plans for the game "revealed the start of a paid fellowship program that will place HBCU students in jobs with the league office and with NBA and WNBA teams." Last season’s All-Star Game in Atlanta generated at least $3M for HBCUs through "donations to scholarship funds" -- and the "exposure those schools got during the game was worth even more" (AP, 10/21).

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