According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Adam Silver and the NBA have decided to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is setting their sights on the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
The date for the game is February 19, and the decision was heavily influenced by North Carolina’s House Bill 2 law, also known as the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. In layman’s terms, this law is anti-LBGT and recently got numerous basketball coaches in the state to speak up about it. The NBA needed to announce the move at this time because of “the logistics and planning the NBA needs to run its marquee midseason event,” according to Wojnarowski’s source.
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HB2 says that all transgender individuals must use the restroom associated with the gender on their birth certificate. The bill excludes LBGT people from NC’s anti-discrimination laws, among other things.
New Orleans has hosted the All-Star Game twice before in 2014 and 2008, and it generated the city over $100 million last time it was in town.
Although New Orleans is being looked at intently, other cities will still do whatever they can to peg the league’s interest and host the game there.
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