Obama campaign postpones basketball fundraiser
Thursday, December 1, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama, who is a fervent basketball fan, will get his NBA fix next month but his campaign will have to postpone the Obama Classic fundraiser that was to feature more than two dozen professional basketball stars.
The campaign on Thursday notified ticket holders the Dec. 12 event would now be held in the summer.
The fundraising all-star game was planned while a lockout put the NBA season in jeopardy, and top players had committed to play. But team owners and players reached an agreement and games are set to begin on Christmas Day.
Tickets ranged from $100 to $5,000 for courtside seats. Big donors who contributed the maximum $35,800 could get dinner with the players. The money would be split by the Democratic Party and Obama's re-election campaign.