Dwight Howard has made it official: After he's done barnstorming in exhibitions across the globe, he'll host a benefit game between current and former Orlando Magic players on Nov. 13 at UCF Arena.
"Get them tickets early," Howard wrote on Twitter.
Current Magic players Chris Duhon and Quentin Richardson told the Orlando Sentinel that they will play in the event.
Howard also has issued invitations to Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill, among others, although it's unclear whether any of them will participate. The agents for O'Neal and Hill didn't immediately return messages from the Sentinel.
Howard made his formal announcement on Wednesday after his D12 Foundation finalized an agreement with the company that manages UCF Arena.
The venue can seat 10,000 people for Knights basketball games.
Tickets for the exhibition game will go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday via Ticketmaster.
According to the D12 Foundation's website, tickets will cost $20 apiece for students for a seat in the students section, $25 for a spot in the upper bowl, $45 in the lower bowl, $65 in the club level and $100 courtside.
Lexie Boone, UCF Arena's general manager, said, "I think it's going to be a great event, and we're certainly looking forward to it."
As the NBA lockout entered its 118th day on Wednesday, league officials, team owners and representatives of the players' union met in New York City.
The meeting lasted approximately 15 hours, with both sides discussing the salary system instead of the split of basketball-related income, and wrapped up early Thursday morning.
"We were able to work through a number of different issues today regarding our system," the union's president, Derek Fisher, said, according to The Associated Press. "We can't say that major progress was made in any way, but some progress was made on system issues. Obviously enough for us to come back."
The two sides are scheduled to meeet again on Thursday.
With the labor dispute dragging on, Howard and some other NBA stars are slated to participate in the World All-Star Classic: a barnstorming tour in which they're scheduled to play a total of six games on four continents.
But there is speculation that the tour will be limited to one stop -- Sunday's game in San Juan, Puerto Rico -- because LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul reportedly have decided not to participate.
Meanwhile, Magic officials are in a holding pattern.
Stan Van Gundy, his assistant coaches and other members of the team's basketball operations staff spent part of Wednesday afternoon holding a basketball clinic in Orlando for about 45 kids ages 8 through 14.
The Magic were supposed to play their final preseason game -- a matchup at Amway Center against the Detroit Pistons -- on Thursday night.
But the second half of the preseason was canceled on Oct. 4, and the first two weeks of the regular season were wiped out on Oct. 10.
More cancellations could be in the offing if the owners and the players don't reach a deal soon.
The people most adversely impacted could be the approximately 1,000 people -- ushers, security workers, vendors and ticket-takers -- who work inside the arena on Magic game nights. Also hurt are the people who own and work at businesses near the arena.
Because of its lease agreement with the team, the city is guaranteed to receive a total of $2.8 million from the Magic even if no games are played.
Still, the city would miss out on the additional revenue that it typically receives on game nights.
City records obtained by the Sentinel show that, on average, each regular-season game last season generated $33,273 for the city in facility fees through ticket sales.
Each regular-season game also produced, before sales tax and operating expenses were deducted, an average of $25,544 in gross revenue from parking at Geico Garage and $8,559 in gross revenue from parking at the Church Street Garage.
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