NBA Pulls 2017 NBA All-Star Game Out Of Charlotte Over North Carolina Anti-LGBT Law
The NBA has let the state of North Carolina that there is “No Bigotry Allowed” on their watch. The league has announced they are moving their 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte after the state passed an anti-LGBT law earlier this year.
Yahoo! Sports reports:
Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, league sources told The Vertical.
The NBA is focused on the New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center as the host for All-Star Weekend and the All-Star Game on Feb. 19, league sources told The Vertical.
For now, there are still other cities trying to lure the All-Star Game, sources said.
A formal announcement on the NBA’s withdrawal out of Charlotte is expected as soon as this week, league sources said Thursday.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver had threatened to move All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte unless a discriminatory North Carolina law aimed at the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was changed – and time to do so has run out because of the logistics and planning the NBA needs to run its marquee midseason event, league sources said.
Reports state that New Orleans is being targeted as a relocation destination, but several cities are putting their bids in.