Silver: No deadline on NBA decision to move All-Star Game from Charlotte
NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league has not set a firm deadline for deciding whether the 2017 All-Star Game will be moved from Charlotte if no changes are made to North Carolina’s controversial bathroom bill.
The bill, HB2, has been labeled discriminatory against the LGBTQ community because it prevents transgender people from using the bathroom in accordance with their gender identity.
At his press conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Silver said the league has already begun looking for alternative locations to hold the All-Star Game, but that there is “absolutely strong interest in working something out,” according to The Charlotte Observer.
“We, of course, have a team in Charlotte, North Carolina,” Silver said. “So we as a league want to make sure there is an environment where the LGBT community feels protected down in North Carolina.”
Silver noted that in order to give the city enough time to prepare to host the February event, changes to the bill must be made soon.
“I don’t see us getting past this summer without knowing definitely where we stand,” Silver said.
All-Star Weekend is currently scheduled to be held from Feb. 17, 2017 through Feb. 19.