NBA Will Move Charlotte’s All-Star Game if NC’s Anti-LGBT HB 2 Stays in TactBy Megan Clayton • April 21, 2016 • 7:30 pm
The backlash against North Carolina’s HB 2 continues to pile up. Today, the NBA says it will relocate Charlotte’s 2017 All Star game if the anti-LGBT law stays in tact. In a statement issued just hours ago, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says “it would be problematic for us to move forward with our All-Star game if there is no change in the law,” marking the strongest statement of opposition from the league to date.
Today’s statement from the NBA comes on the heels of strong statements from high-profile figures within the NBA—including Detroit Pistons Coach Stan Van Gundy and icon Charles Barkley—who had called on the league to relocate the game, saying that players and teams must stand up against this egregiously discriminatory law.
The 2017 All Star game would have been Charlotte’s first All Star game in 26 years and was estimated to generate upwards of $100 million in revenue for the city. $100 million is no small chunk of change—but unfortunately for North Carolina, this loss would just be the tip of the iceberg. Already, major companies like PayPal and Deutsche Bank have lined up to cancel millions of dollars of investments and future job growth so long as HB 2—regarded as one of the most anti-LGBT laws in the country—stays on the books.
The state’s tourism industry is expected to take a catastrophic hit as well. Just this week, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority estimated a loss of more than $86 million between now and 2020 in the state’s largest city, while the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau says they’ve already accounted for nearly $3 million in losses in the weeks since North Carolina lawmakers pushed through HB 2 in special session.
There remains only one way to stop this economic fall out and restore North Carolina’s reputation: Repealing HB 2. On Monday, state lawmakers reconvene for a short legislative session and when they do, they have a chance to stand with businesses and families across North Carolina who know this divisive and dangerous law must be repealed.
If you live in North Carolina, CLICK HERE to urge lawmakers to take action to overturn this harmful law once and for all.