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Here's how to attract top talent.
first, do away with the rising stars theme. its a good idea, but just hype the rookie-soph game more.
second, have all thirty franchises (charlotte included) pay $3300 to the contest as prize money, with the all-star host city paying an extra $1000.
This increases the prize to $100,000, which is sure to attract better talent.
lastly, expand the field to 8 contestants.

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I kind of like having only four people in the contest. 8 people is a little too much for me. There woould be too many repeat dunks, there simply aren't enough dunk ideas to go around. Also, IMO there aren't 8 GREAT dunkers in the league today ( in terms of dunk contest ability).

Dropping the 3 year rule and cash incentives are both good ideas though. But a quick thought to that. Small cash incentives would mopst likely appeal to players with 3 years of experience or less because their salaries would most likely be very small ( 3-4 mil at the absolute max). A guy like Fred Jones or Jeff Trepaignier (spelling?) would really need the cash, whereas Vince Carter wouldn't give a damn.
 

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hmmm how to fix the dunk comp....

i know!!!!!! lets bring in a spin the wheel!! That'll fix it! :rolleyes:
 

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What if the dunk contest was taken out of the all-star weekend for 3-5 years and then brought back?

During that time they could try out different events and when time comes to re-instate it they can replace it with an event that would be getting stale. This way they can have a rotation of events and keep the ones that are most popular at the moment.
 

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It was my idea to have a company put up 1 mil, but many people get mad when they see sports stars get more money. Maybe they can call them out to donate it to charity. I see dumb contests all the time where a no-name sponser puts up 1 mil no problem. If we could get a contest with the best 8 dunkers in the league, it would be worth it to me.


I know it's second hand info, but I played with Sian Cotton (SVSM player) and he said LeBron put his fingers on the top of the backboard in practice, for the person who suggested the high rim competition.
 

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No here's how you really fix the dunk contest: get Vince Carter back in it!!

But really, if the players in the dunk contest wanna really shock the NBA world with some amazing dunk, they should make up some amazing dunk! There was this movie clip from a site of this college player doing a through-the-legs from the free throw line dunk! Of course, he couldn't finish the dunk, but it would've been a sick dunk!
 

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Originally posted by <b>Casual</b>!
You have to make the players want to do it. That means either a huge cash prize or no risk of injury, neither of which can be provided.
why cant a huge cash prize be provided? Like I said, Howard stern gets companies to give away 1 mil to have people hold on to the misfit the longest. Why cast we find a company that would give away 1 mil to hype an event with even more exposure?
 

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Here's a different point of view. I agree that the creativity of dunks is the hardest part. Coming up with a new dunk is tough. SO....

have a qualifying round or two or three where there are required dunks, and all participants have ONE CHANCE to make these required dunks, or they don't move on. For example:

Required dunk #1- takeoff from the free throw line and dunk (or if needed, put a line 8 inches closer in from the free throw line)

Required dunk #2- a 360 degree dunk. If you can't do this dunk, you shouldn't be in the contest.

Required dunk #3- an in-the-air between the legs dunk. This will seperate the men from the boys.

Who ever is left, then let those cats show their creativity.

Also, I agree with the money thing. Make it worth-while and more people will try. Where are all the sponsers? You tellin' me that NIKE wouldn't be willing to drop $1,000,000 for the winner (with NIKE getting all the advertisement time during the contest, and they can tie it in with new products?)
Or Viagra? Are you saying Viagra wouldn't want to offer $1,000,000 to the guy who can "get it up" the best, in return for all the TV advertisements during the contest?

I'd like to see a half-court shot competition, including randomly picked fans in attendance given a try. Get some pros, each gets 2 tries, and pick maybe 4 fans in attendance, and they each get 4 or 5 shots. Winner, either a pro or a fan, gets a million dollars. That wouldn't be interesting?

What about stealing an idea from the NHL? Have a skills contest. Set up pylons the length of the court, and time the fastest player to dribble between the pylons the full length of the court and back.

What about a 1-on-1 tournament? Let's see if Kobe could beat Shaq one-on-one. Is Duncan better than KG head-to-head? Can Stevie Franchise beat Stephon Starbury?

In all these ideas, you can't convince me that you wouldn't have companies ready to drop $1,000,000 to the winner in exchange for all the advertising during the event.... Budweiser, NIKE, McDonalds, Chevy, Monster.com.... all the advertising players from the Super Bowl would be likely candidates? Right?
 

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Originally posted by <b>schub</b>!


989 Sports Skills Challenge :D
Shows you how much interest I had over the festivities last year... I didn't even know that. I know I was out Sat night, so I didn't watch any of the 3 pt comp, dunk comp, skilzs comp, whatever..... and for that matter, I'm not sure I even watched any of the All Star game either. Did I miss anything??:grinning:
 
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