The NBA is expected to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte since the state will not reverse its decision on the controversial bathroom law, according to The Vertical.
The basketball website tweeted that New Orleans will be a front runner to host the game held on Feb. 19.
Sources: NBA on brink of pulling 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, with New Orleans emerging as a front-runner to host Feb. 19 game.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 21, 2016
Failure of North Carolina to change discriminatory legislation targeting the state’s LGBT community pushing NBA to abandon Charlotte game.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 21, 2016
In the past, Atlanta has shown interest in hosting the All-Star game if the NBA chose to move it.
In March, the Atlanta City Council was planning to take up a resolution on April 18 asking the NBA to consider moving the All-Star game to Atlanta. 11Alive has reached out to City Council President Ceasar Mitchell for comment. He was not immediately able to respond.
“The City of Atlanta draws strength from our diverse community,” said Council President Mitchell when originally announcing the resolution in March. “This unity creates our city's embracing spirit, a quality that has made Atlanta the destination of choice for numerous international business conventions, professional and college sporting events, as well as one of the largest concentrations of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. We would certainly welcome the opportunity to show that very spirit as the host of the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend.”
North Carolina’s HB 2, or the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, makes it illegal for North Carolina cities to extend rights to some people who are gay or transgender. Additionally, it forces individuals who wish to pursue discrimination claims, to do so through federal courts as opposed to state courts.
The game was scheduled for Feb. 17, 2017 at Time Warner Cable Arena.