NBA pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte

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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.

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: