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Winner-take-all approach always means thrills

Updated: May 19, 2006, 4:48 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | Special to ESPN.com

All-star games in some sports leave a bit to be desired.

Defense is but a rumor when the NBA and NHL put on their midseason exhibitions, and the Pro Bowl is played among those "healthy" enough to actually take the flight to Honolulu.

Baseball's All-Star Game at least determines home-field advantage for the World Series, so now that it won't end in a tie, there's at least something on the line. None of them, though, offers $1 million to the winner, which is what sets ...

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