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Jax score All-Star Game for Portland

The 2007 National Lacrosse League event will be played at the Rose Garden

The Portland LumberJax have been awarded the 2007 National Lacrosse League All-Star Game, the team announced Tuesday at City Hall.

The game will be played March 10, 2007, at the Rose Garden between the East Division and West Division All Stars. Next year will be the defending West Division-champion LumberJax' second season.

League Commissioner Jim Jennings said Portland outbid Edmonton and Denver to win the rights to what will be the seventh National Lacrosse League All-Star Game.

To secure the game for Portland, the team pays a flat fee to the league and picks up most of the game's expenses, including hotel costs and airfare for put-of-town players. League and team representatives declined to disclose the amount of the flat fee and said total costs are still undetermined.

Angela Batinovich, the owner of the Jax, said she was not concerned with the potential profitability of the game but rather with its promotional value.

"I see this as a marketing expense for us," Batinovich said. "Let's not worry if it makes us some money."