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Cedar Point ups ante in LeBron sweepstakes

July 10, 2014

By Matt Roche, Norwalk Reflector, Ohio

July 10--The Cedar Point amusement park is making LeBron James an interesting offer.

If the NBA star returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the park will rename one of its roller coasters "King James" after him, said Bryan Edwards, Cedar Point's public relations manager.

Cedar Point made the offer in the form of this tweet on its Twitter account Wednesday afternoon: "Hey @KingJames

- come back to the @cavs and we'll rename one of our coasters, "King James!" Ball in your court, sir. RT, #Ohio!"

"We're having fun with it, obviously, but the offer is legit," Edwards said.

James is a free agent and can sign with any team, beginning today. He began his career in Cleveland and played there seven years, winning the MVP title twice and leading the Cavaliers to the franchise's only NBA finals appearance.

James then went to Miami as a free agent, leading the Heat to the NBA finals in each of his four seasons there. They won the NBA title twice during that span.

Now James is a free agent again.

Edwards said the Cavaliers are "great partners" with Cedar Point. "We want to lend them a hand in bringing LeBron back to this part of Ohio," he said.

James frequently visited Cedar Point when he was a high school student in Akron and then as an NBA player with Cleveland, Edwards said.

If James signs with Cleveland, then Cedar Point officials will meet to decide which ride will bear his name, Edwards said. "If he wants to have some input, we'll certainly answer the phone."

As of late Wednesday afternoon, Cedar Point officials had not heard a response from James.

Edwards said amusement park officials are "big proponents" of northern Ohio, calling it "not only a great place to visit, but a great place to live and call home."

Tuesday's announcement that Cleveland likely will host the 2016 Republican National Convention has put the "national spotlight" on this area, Edwards said. The possibility of James rejoining the Cavaliers and making them contenders to give Cleveland its first major professional sports title since 1964 also has created a buzz of excitement.

Edwards believes that "King James" would be the world's first roller coaster named after a sports star.

"Hopefully it's an extra chip (Cavs owner) Dan Gilbert can throw on the table," Edwards said. "It's something no other NBA owner can offer."


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