#8: NBA responds to Atlanta’s call to move All-Star Game from Charlotte | The Charlotte Observer

The Atlanta City Council is asking the NBA to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to Atlanta after the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2, repealing portions of Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

During a committee hearing Tuesday, the resolution was introduced in Atlanta. It invites the NBA to consider relocating the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend “due to the passage of House Bill 2, a measure that discriminates against members of the LGBT community.”

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry dunks the ball during the NBA All-Star game Feb. 14, 2016 in Toronto. Charlotte will host the 2017 NBA All-Star game, but Atlanta is lobbying the NBA to move the game there after the passage of House Bill 2 last week.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry dunks the ball during the NBA All-Star game Feb. 14, 2016 in Toronto. Charlotte will host the 2017 NBA All-Star game, but Atlanta is lobbying the NBA to move the game there after the passage of House Bill 2 last week.Mark Blinch AP

The NBA says they are still hopeful Charlotte and North Carolina come to an agreement.

“We appreciate the invitation but are hopeful that the city of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina can work through their differences far in advance of the 2017 All-Star Game,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said about the proposal.

The bill was signed into North Carolina law last week after a special session was held.

The day after the bill was signed, the National Basketball Association speculated that the bill might affect the Queen City’s hosting the 2017 All-Star Game. It’s scheduled for Feb. 17.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article68855517.html#storylink=cpy

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