House Bill Two loses NBA All Star Game hopes for Charlotte, NC
By admin - 2016-08-14 14:19:24

The NBA has postponed Charlotte hosting the 2017 All Star festivities due to the North Carolina House Bill Two.

Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball League, confirmed that the league hopes to reschedule the All Star weekend in Charlotte for 2019

“Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change,” said the league via a statement. “We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.

“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans,” continued the statement. “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”

The NBA must now find a new league city in which to hold its mid season festivities. According to The Vertical, New Orleans is a front runner to be a substitute city followed by Chicago and another New York Brooklyn affair.