Tech Industry Leaders Pushing NBA to Move All-Star Game from Charlotte

by July 12, 2016
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In a letter sent to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, technology industry bigwigs are urging the League to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte unless a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people is repealed “in very short order.”

The execs warn that if fans are put at risk of discrimination, it would be the wrong message to send.

Per the AP:

In a letter sent Friday and obtained by The Associated Press, the executives tell Silver that putting fans at risk of discrimination would “send a terrible message about who the NBA is and what it values as an organization, and set a dangerous precedent.”

 

“If the NBA holds events in North Carolina while HB2 remains law, players, employees, and fans will be at risk of discrimination — and that’s wrong,” the letter said.

 

The All-Star weekend is set for next February. Silver has made it clear the league needs changes to the HB2 law in order to stage the weekend there but has resisted setting any deadlines for when he might act, believing positive dialogue is ongoing.

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