The NBA has decided to move its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C., in opposition to North Carolina’s House Bill 2 that limits anti-discrimination protections in the state.
According to a statement released by the league Thursday, the NBA will announce a new location for the 2017 All-Star Game in the coming weeks, and begin plans to host the event in Charlotte in 2019.
The All-Star Game, according to The Charlotte Observer, would’ve been the largest event in that city since the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Citing tourism epxerts, that outlet reports that the event could have had a $100 million economic impact in the Charlotte area.
The NBA’s statement read in part, “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. 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.
“It is also important to stress that the City of Charlotte and the Hornets organization have sought to provide an inclusive environment and that the Hornets will continue to ensure that all patrons — including members of the LGBT community — feel welcome while attending games and events in their arena.”
Hornets chairman Michael Jordan issued a statement in response to the NBA’s ruling.
“We understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season. There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so. With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star Weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019. We want to thank the City of Charlotte and the business community for their backing throughout this entire process, starting with the initial bid. We are confident that they will be just as supportive and enthusiastic for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.”