In the light of North Carolina refusing to overturn House Bill 2, the NBA has decided to move the 2017 All-Star game away from Charlotte. The primary controversial part of the bill mandates that every person must use the bathroom corresponding to the gender which is on their birth certificate in all public buildings. The bill also prevents any government buildings in the state from passing anti-discrimination measures. In a statement, the NBA said:
" Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change. We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.... While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2"
The most likely candidates to replace Charlotte are New Orleans, Chicago, and Brooklyn, all of which have strong anti-discrimination measures in place. The city of Charlotte had spent nearly 33 million dollars preparing for the game and was expected to see a substantial economic output from the festivities of the weekend. In a statement, North Carolina Governor Pat McCory said:
"American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process."