Earlier this year, the NBA announced it was moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the league’s objection to the state’s House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the state.
In a statement, the league said it hopes to reschedule the game back to Charlotte in 2019.
“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,” the league said.“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.”Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans. 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.”
As of today, the league has announced that New Orleans will be the new venue for the 2017′s All-Star game. This makes a quick return following New Orleans’ hosting duties of the NBA showcase back in 2014.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 19, 2016
This year’s All-Star Weekend kicks off February 17 during the closing East vs. West finale and is set to be played on February 19. New Orleans is always a great place for events, and we’re looking forward to the All-Star game.