Report: New Orleans favorite to host 2017 NBA All-Star game originally scheduled for Charlotte

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said North Carolina must change its anti-gay law for the 2017 All-Star game to remain in Charlotte.

The state hasn’t, and time is running out.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The NBA sometimes¬†must choose between its financial¬†interests and standing up for what’s right. This is not one of those cases. It’s bad business, when other options exist, to operate in a place where employees and customers are unwelcome.

North Carolina lawmakers chose oppression over the economy, and they’ll have to live with that. In a free society, businesses have the right to respond, and the NBA — like other companies — did by leaving the state.

This would be a quick turnaround back to New Orleans, which hosted All-Star games in 2014 and 2008. Perhaps, that experience convinced the NBA that New Orleans could handle the event on short notice.