The NBA has reached out to several alternative sources for the 2017 NBA All-Star game.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst—the NBA is leaning towards pulling out of Charlotte—and is looking into other cities for the game to be hosted. New Orleans is the clear favorite to host the upcoming all-star exhibition in February.
While the league hasn’t made a final decision as of yet, the NBA is earnestly considering backing out of Charlotte because of the state’s House Bill 2, which limits state anti-discrimination protections.
The house bill is comprised the following parts: regulation of bathroom usage based on biological sex, prohibiting local governments from imposing any requirement of an employer regarding compensation of employees, there is no law pertaining to discrimination based on color, race, religion, age, sex, national origin or handicap and if any part of the bill falls, the rest of the bill will stand.
Besides New Orleans, there are several other cities that are realistic options for the all-star game, including Chicago, New York and Brooklyn, according to ESPN.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said “the calendar is not our friend,” referencing North Carolina’s legislature and its inability to make changes after the NBA requested for the statute to change, and the fact that the NBA All-Star game is around the corner, limiting time for the league to plan for the game.
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