LeBron and the RNC: It's been a big week for Cleveland

It's been an exciting week for Cleveland.

LeBron James announced on Sports Illustrated's website on Friday in a long-form essay that he will be returning to the wine and gold, the Cleveland Cavaliers. This follows the RNC committee decision Tuesday to pick Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Rob Nichols, a representative from Ohio Gov. Kasich's office, said "It's been a week of great news for Cleveland, and it is, of course, great to see Ohio create yet another job." Ohio governor Kasich was unavailable to comment.

James is expected to receive the maximum contract at just over $20 million a year.

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Among the many reasons he described to Sports Illustrated for returning to his home turf: 

"Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now."

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As far as the RNC convention decision goes, Reince Priebus, Chairman of the National Republican Committee, had more nice things to say about The Cleve.

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"I’m just totally impressed with Cleveland," said Reince Priebus, adding he knew he would be based on the reaction of the technical committee that visited the city in April.

"The technical team came back and said 'guys you gotta check this out. Cleveland has really done an incredible job,'" he said.

"I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention," Priebus wrote in a statement.

Paying for the convention was the top criterion for the 12-member site selection committee, the Associated Press reported. The previous two GOP conventions have sapped party dollars during election years, and party Chairman Priebus has insisted the host city not leave the central party picking up the tab, which is expected to be around $60 million.

The RNC Site Selection Committee's vote is the next step before selecting a city to recommend to the full Republican National Committee during August's meeting in Chicago. The choice is contingent upon a successful negotiation and the approval of the full RNC, the committee notes.



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