NBA expects to give 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte
"What we talked about among our owners was a sense of obligation to the game and what appropriate behavior is", Silver said. Though stressing that it is "not a done deal", for Charlotte to host the 2019 All-Star Game, that is the expectation. It's incremental change. We were part of the movement, pushing for that change.
North Carolina lost out on the 2017 All-Star Game after the state enacted HB2, which regulated public restrooms, locker rooms and showers on the basis of biological sex.
A Charlotte All-Star Game could be a possibility, even a likelihood, as soon as 2019.
"When Charlotte resubmits its application, we will need to ensure that our events can proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies and that we can extend those policies to the venues, hotels, and businesses that we would work with during the All-Star (weekend)", Silver said.
On the subject of future schedules, the commissioner said the new collective bargaining agreement moving the league's start date into mid-October will reduce the number of back-to-back occurrences, along with the rare four-games-in-five-nights occasions that players dread. "But after considering all points of view, we determined that Charlotte will be eligible to host" the All-Star game. The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority estimated the yanked event would have generated about $100 million in economic impact.
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"I'd say because there is no support right now, hard support, for a belief that simply reducing the number of games will reduce the number of injuries", Silver said.
This comes after current North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a compromise to repeal HB2.
On Tuesday, the collegiate athletic association expressed concerns about the new law's provisions but said it "meets the minimal NCAA requirements" to keep North Carolina in consideration as a host for championship events. And I'm also proud that we're going back.
Dalesio reported from Raleigh, North Carolina.
"To move their All-Star Game back to North Carolina while LGBT people aren't protected under the law is a decision undermining the safety and well-being of the LGBT community", Mr. Taylor said in a statement.
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