North Carolina has been in the spotlight the last couple days because the governor chose to pass a bill that invalidates legal protections for LGBT individuals. The bill is anti-LGBT, so it's no surprise it's received a very strong reaction from businesses and social media networks. Today, the NBA made a statement about the law's potential impact on the 2017 All-Star Game, which is currently scheduled to be held in Charlotte.
NBA statement regarding recent North Carolina legislation. pic.twitter.com/eEYjJJT7DQ— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) March 24, 2016
"The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events. We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte." - NBA
It's clear the NBA is against the law and that they're willing to move All-Star Weekend to a different venue as a means to show it. This is reminiscent of the NCAA's response to Houston hosting the Final Four, when the city enacted a similar law. In that case, it was eventually decided that the location would not be changed. However, based on recent statements from the NCAA, it's unlikely Houston will be hosting another NCAA event any time soon.
The state of Georgia is currently receiving similar criticism for an anti-LGBT bill that recently made its way through local congress. The NFL has told them that they will likely not receive the Super Bowl if the bill is passed, and the SEC has told them they'll consider moving their respective championship game to a different location.
The NBA is doing the right thing by opposing this bill, and it's unlikely that its threats are empty. The NCAA might have not been able to move the Final Four out of Houston on short notice, but the NBA could easily find a new city to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, like Los Angeles or Chicago.
Charlotte hasn't hosted an All-Star Game since 1991, and now, it's possible they won't host one for several more years. That's a shame, as a hosting a national event like All-Star Weekend can have a profound impact on the city, particularly one growing like Charlotte is. Unfortunately, the NBA is quite clear about its feelings on this bill.