According to “USA Today,” the NBA announced on July 21, 2016, they will be relocating the 2017 All-Star game. The move from Charlotte, N.C. is because the state’s anti-LGBT legislation. The NBA also said they have unconfirmed plans to host the game in Charlette, in 2019, if the state changes their legislation.
During a recent meeting of the league’s board of governors, in Las Vagas, Nevada, Commissioner Adam Silver stated that he was disappointed. He felt that they should have taken steps to modify the legislation.
The law that was passed by North Carolina’s general assembly, in March, banned all courts from passing laws to secure protection for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and gay people.
Silver stated that the NBA has made it clear to North Carolina that the law needed to change because he felt it was important to hold the game where all the fans would be included. Both the Charlotte Hornets and the NBA’s D-League Greensboro Swarm are still playing in Charlotte during regular season games. The state’s general assembly had a choice to revise the bill before suspending it for the year, however, they did not make any addendums that satisfied the NBA.
The new location of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be announced in the next few weeks.
Written by Tracy Blake
Edited by Jeanette Smith & Cathy Milne
USA Today: NBA moving 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte due to anti-LGBT bill
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