Charlotte can host 2019 All-Star Game - NBA
NEW YORK (AP) Charlotte will be eligible to host the 2019 NBA All-Star Game after a compromise deal to replace a North Carolina law that limited anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people, the league's commissioner said yesterday.
"It's not a done deal yet," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. "The most recent change in the law does not mean the fundamental issues are resolved. But after considering all points of view, we determined that Charlotte will be eligible to host."
The league's Board of Governors discussed it during their meetings this week and made what Silver said was "not an easy decision." The league will develop an anti-discrimination policy that participating groups including host sites, hotels and businesses would have to abide by before the 2019 game is committed to Charlotte. But Silver said it's his expectation that Charlotte would get the game if those assurances are met within the next month or so.
Silver said he was proud the league opposed the law known as House Bill 2, and added: "And I'm also proud that we're going back."
"I understand that there is a segment of our fan base that believes that the change from HB2 to the new law is not enough, but it is change," he said. "It's incremental change. We were part of the movement, pushing for that change. It's not everything we could have hoped for, but we're prepared to go back."
The NBA's Charlotte Hornets issued a statement that the team would work with the league on returning the event, adding that "our city, our fans and our business community remain extremely enthusiastic in support of hosting."