The 2017 NBA All-Star weekend is scheduled to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina from Feb. 17 to 19. According to the latest NBA rumors, the city of Atlanta is ready to host the event if the league decides that it will not tolerate North Carolina’s new controversial law against the LGBT community.
The state’s governor, Pat McCrory signed a bill last week that voids the city of Charlotte’s anti-discrimination law protecting gay and transgender people. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that city Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Councilman Andre Dickens, and Councilman Alex Wan submitted a resolution last Tuesday calling for the NBA to relocate the All-Star game to Atlanta.
However, the NBA released a statement on Thursday saying that they are hoping for a solution before 2017.
“We appreciate the invitation but are hopeful that the city of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina can work through their differences far in advance of the 2017 All-Star Game,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ASJ.
The city council of Atlanta was very respectful towards the NBA’s response. Nevertheless, they are still open to be the backup host just in case things don’t work out in Charlotte.
“We respect the NBA’s actions to continue to try and work through the differences between Charlotte and the state of North Carolina. We stand on the ready to support them in Atlanta if they choose us as a backup option,” Councilman Dickens said.
This year’s All-Star game was played in Toronto, despite the freezing temperatures. The event is considered a success as it was Kobe Bryant’s last All-Star appearance. Also, the All-Star Saturday festivities were very entertaining for the fans in attendance and for those watching around the world.
Cities are lining up to host the NBA All-Star Weekend because of the money it generates in the host city’s economy. According to Bloomberg, the city of New York made $195 million by hosting the event last 2015.
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