NBC Charlotte reports:
The NBA Board of Governors met Thursday in New York and on the table for discussion: the 2017 All-Star Game. Controversy from HB2 has put Charlotte’s chances of hosting in jeopardy. It’s the biggest event the city, even the state, has hosted since the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday that while HB2 is “problematic,” moving the game would be, in his opinion, “grandstanding.”
According to the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, the economic impact of the All-Star game will be around $100 million. That’s more than the CIAA at $50 million, ACC football championship at $30 million, and Belk Bowl at $16.7 million combined.
Via press release from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce:
“We appreciate and are grateful for the NBA’s decision to keep the All Star game in Charlotte. We recognize that they, and others, have an expectation that more work needs to be done. Therefore we continue to encourage our representative leadership at all levels to continue to engage in efforts to assure our citizens that they will have the ability to defend their rights related to discrimination in all forms.”