BREAKING: NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Weekend Out of Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina takes a major loss as the NBA has decided to no longer hold its 2017 All-Star weekend in the city due to anti-LGBT bill.
Not only is this move crushing for the local community who could've benefitted from the spike in business, but Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, and the Jordan Brand will have to reevaluate all plans. Perhaps the scenario may have been too perfect for Nike and friends.
Per The Vertical:
Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, league sources told The Vertical.
A formal announcement on the NBA’s withdrawal out of Charlotte is expected as soon as this week, league sources said Thursday.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver had threatened to move All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte unless a discriminatory North Carolina law aimed at the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was changed – and time to do so has run out because of the logistics and planning the NBA needs to run its marquee midseason event, league sources said.
The issue is centered on North Carolina’s House Bill 2, a law that mandates transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates. The law also omits LGBT people from North Carolina’s anti-discrimination protections, forbids local governments from widening LGBT protections and excludes all forms of workplace discrimination lawsuits from North Carolina state courts.
The verdict is still out on which city will in fact land the 2017 NBA All-Star weekend. Stick with TSG for further developing details on this story.