House Bill 2, a controversial law that says transgender people must use the bathroom appropriate to their gender listed on their birth certificates, has caused a ton of trouble in the state of North Carolina.
It looks like it has affected Charlotte in a big way as the NBA has announced they would pull the 2017 All-Star weekend from the state.
The league had been considering moving the festivities out of the state for some time and NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced they would pull out of the state and look for a new venue. He said “the calendar is not our friend” in regards to getting the law amended in time for the Game, which takes place the weekend after Valentine’s Day.
A formal announcement of the withdrawal and new sight is expected later this week. Right now, Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana is favored to land the All-Star weekend for the 2016-17 season.
This greatly affects the Charlotte Hornets, who were expected to host the event and have it be a big draw for revenue. It helps the New Orleans Pelicans as they will host the game for the third time since 2008 after the city made over $100 million by hosting it in 2014.