NBA pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte
Back in April, NBA commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged that the league could move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte if a North Carolina law limiting anti-discrimination protection against the LGBT community wasn’t overturned, and on Thursday the league followed through by taking the game away.
The NBA issued the following statement today regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/2yo1YDA2Un
— NBA (@NBA) July 21, 2016
Yahoo Sports reported Thursday that New Orleans is a front-runner to replace Charlotte for the Feb. 17-19 All-Star Weekend. The Charlotte Observer has estimated that the weekend could have been worth $100 million to Charlotte’s economy.
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan issued a statment shortly after the NBA’s official announcement: