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What's the Point of All-Star Games?

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Signage is seen during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Bill GalluccioContributor IFebruary 10, 2010

With the NBA season getting ready for its all-star game in Jerryworld, and the NHL nearing what is normally an all-star break but this year is an Olympic break, I got to thinking of what is the point of the All-Star games?

Most fans really could care less about them. The players don't care either.

Look at the Pro Bowl. The players hated the fact that it was a week before the Super Bowl and not in Hawaii. Not only that but two of the game's best QB's were not able to play.

MLB has the stupid rule that the winner of the All-Star game gets home field advantage in the World Series. And that's because people were upset that a game ended in a tie, when a home run contest would have been a much better ending.

The games are boring and uneventful. In the NBA, NHL and NFL the players don't play defense. There are no big hits, or hard fouls. I am fine with that because I understand no player wants to get hurt, or be the one to ruin a teams season in an exhibition game.

Then in baseball the managers are always put in a tough spot because starting pitchers are usually expected to come out of the bullpen on short rest, and they have this need to get every player in the game, yet still try to win the game.

I enjoy the skill competitions associated with the various All-Star festivities. I think that is all that should happen. These are fun, exciting and don't have as large an injury risk.

Imagine having more than just the home run derby in baseball, events like pitching accuracy, or strongest arm for outfielders, or fastest player to round the bases.

The NFL could do the same thing. The NBA and NHL already have skills competitions which are great to watch. Why not ditch the games and give the fans something fun and exciting to watch?

Enough with the boring games. Let's see the best players actually showcase their skills.

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