Local NBA enthusiast pushing for All-Star Game to come to St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – In the wake of losing our NFL football team, Dre Montez, a businessman and sports-talk radio host, is on a crusade to bring one of the NBA’s premier events to St. Louis.

The NBA recently announced plans to pull this year's All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Montez, currently between sports-talk jobs, started thinking, "bring it to St. Louis.”

You may recognize Montez. He runs the Call-A-Cart golf cart shuttle service in downtown St. Louis.
Along with shuttling, he’s often in his cart shuffling with his followers on social media.

The NBA has pulled its All-Star Game from Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte because of the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law, requiring people who use bathrooms in government buildings and schools to do so in accordance with their gender at birth. Though the NBA is moving the game, the league has yet to announce where the game will be played.

“So immediately, my brain just got to going off, waiting on the social media scene what’s going to happen in St. Louis,” Montez said. “Did I see anything? No, so right there, I’m like, why not? Why not bring the NBA All-Star Game in St. Louis?”

People at the St. Louis Sports Commission and city hall love the idea, though it seems beyond a long shot given that St. Louis doesn’t even have an NBA franchise. But Montez invites all interested parties to take a ride in his cart.

“Every time I get somebody on here talking about sports, 9 times out of 10 they agree with me by the time we park,” he said. “Why not bring your message right here? We can attack all of the issues – positive and moving forward. It has to start somewhere and why not right here in my city of St. Louis. We’ve got a lot to show.”

Charlotte will lose an estimated $100 million economic boost with the loss of the game. It's doubtful the NBA will consider anything that lucrative for a city without a team. One source said a back-up plan is likely already in place for the league to have even made the announcement about pulling the game out of Charlotte.

You can follow Montez on Facebook and on Twitter at @W2BDreMontez

Montez said he’s launching a new podcast called “Who's to Blame?" August 15.