On Sunday, the NBA All-Star game drew a 5.2 rating, 37 percent higher than last year's total. The game's highest rating since the 2003 showcase, a game that happened to be Michael Jordan's final All-Star Game.
The NBA All-Star Game is gaining excitement because it features the country's biggest celebrities in the stands, is always high-scoring, and filled with numerous monster dunks. At one point, all four Celtics' all-stars — Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen — were on the floor alongside Dwight Howard and against the loaded Western Conference lineup.
However, would you consider it the best all-star game of the four major sports?
Last year's MLB All-Star game featured a pitcher's duel, which the National League won 3-1, locking up home-field advantage for the Senior Circuit in the World Series. The Giants cashed in on that advantage when they defeated the Rangers in the Fall Classic.
What makes this game exciting? Aside from its implications on home-field advantage in the World Series, the game features numerous individual hitter-pitchers showdowns, like last year's David Price-Albert Pujols and Roy Halladay-Josh Hamilton match ups.
This year, the NHL improved its all-star game by implementing a fantasy draft on the Friday night of all-star weekend. Rather than the traditional all-star games in other sports, the NHL named two captains — this year's were Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Staal — to choose their own team from the 24 players around the league that received the most fan votes.
One of the highlights of the new format is how it splits players on the same team
Lastly, the NFL Pro Bowl, which is now played the week before the Super Bowl, features the best players in arguably America's favorite sport. This year's game saw a total of 96 points scored and an offensive lineman score a touchdown on a twisted lateral play.
The Pro Bowl brings fans' fantasy football lineups to life, giving players like Tom Brady the chance to throw to superstar receivers like Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson or Antonio Gates.