Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 42 / 19 October 2017
 

NBA will move All-Star Game out of North Carolina

The NBA is poised to announce it will move next year’s All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, because the state’s anti-LGBT law remains in effect, according to published reports Thursday in USA Today and other outlets.

Update:The NBA released a statement Thursday afternoon confirming the 2017 All-Star Game would be moved.

“The NBA has decided to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte with the hope of rescheduling for 2019,” the league stated.

(NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Photo: Courtesy nba.com)

(NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Photo: Courtesy nba.com)

The city stands to lose millions of dollars in hotel stays and other revenue from the move; All-Star weekend typically includes numerous associated activities in the city where it’s held.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been saying for months that he hoped North Carolina’s governor and lawmakers would modify the law, which went in effect this spring and forces trans people to use restrooms that correspond to their gender assigned at birth, rather than the gender with which they identify. The state has already seen cancellations of concerts and other events as a result of the law, known as House Bill 2.

“We were frankly hoping that they would make some steps toward modifying the legislation, and frankly I was disappointed that they didn’t,” Silver said at the league’s board of governors meeting in Las Vegas last week, according to USA Today.

The Bay Area Reporter, in an editorial, called on the NBA to move the All-Star Game back in April, citing North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law.

It was not immediately clear where the game would be moved, though reports said that New Orleans was being eyed as a possible site. The league said the new site would be announced in the coming weeks.

The Vertical was first to report the move.

— Cynthia Laird, July 21, 2016 @ 1:56 pm PST
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