The NBA has finally accepted the fact that the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte may be moved if the no changes are made in the North Carolina law on LGBT rights. However, the league is not only concerned with the All-Star game, but also the Hornets franchise.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver commented on some of the criticism the league has encountered for not changing the location of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. He said that they can’t do it without getting called out as they also have an NBA team based in North Carolina.
“I’m really not seeing the distinction, which is why this is a much bigger issue. I’m only saying that whatever we do, we have to keep an eye on the fact that we have one of our 30 franchises operating in that state. We have a much bigger issue in North Carolina than the All-Star Game: It’s the ongoing operation of our team,” Silver told ESPN.
However, the NBA is hoping for some changes before the big event next year at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Silver mentioned that they are putting pressure on the state. If the league pulls the 2017 NBA All-Star game from Charlotte, the city could lose about $100 million.
“I believe they’re going to do the right thing,” Silver said added.
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The city of Atlanta is prepared to host the 2017 All-Star Game if the NBA decides to pull the event out of Charlotte. Nonetheless, the NBA said that they appreciated the gesture from Atlanta with the city still open to being the backup if no resolution on the LGBT law in North Carolina is reached.
According to a report by NPR, the law in North Carolina removes the anti-discrimination protection for the LGBT community. It also requires transgender people to use public restrooms based on the gender written on their birth certificate.
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