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.