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Discrimination: NBA Takes a Powerful Stand
Passing discriminatory laws can have huge economic and social consequences for states. North Carolina, which recently passed anti-transgender legislation HB2, is learning the hard way about discrimination. The NBA released a statement that 2017’s All-Star Game would no longer be held in North Carolina. The week-long event would have drawn NBA fans to Charlotte and created enormous statewide economic gains. Instead, the NBA is looking for a new home due to the North Carolina legislature’s refusal to repeal the discriminatory law. Ultimately, the NBA made it clear it will not tolerate discrimination.
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Discrimination: NBA Makes Move Against Bigotry
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the NBA released a statement explaining the reasoning behind the decision, saying, “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.”
The statement continued,”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.”
The NBA’s decision follows commissioner Adam Silver’s earlier threats to move the game if the law was not struck down.
North Carolina has already spent $176,000 and tapped into the state’s emergency relief fund to defend the law, which mandates that transgender individuals must use public restrooms and accommodations that correspond to their birth gender. The loss of the NBA All-Star game–and the estimated $100 million in economic benefits to the state–further compounds the state’s losses from deciding to pass this anti-LGBT law.
Discrimination: NBA All-Star Game Gets New Home
The NBA is currently searching for a new home for the All-Star game, with New Orleans looking like the most likely candidate. Louisiana does not have a similar discriminatory law on the books, and the city has successfully hosted the All-Star event twice before. Wherever the 2017 All-Star game ends up, you can be sure that the host city and state will make it clear that LGBT fans, players, and employees are much more than welcome at the events.
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The NBA’s decision sends a powerful message to lawmakers: businesses will not tolerate discrimination and state-sponsored bigotry, and states that follow North Carolina’s example can expect to lose millions of dollars in revenue and tourism.
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