We knew the NBA’s decision to move the All-Star Game had to come soon and Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical is reporting the choice has been made to move the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte.
There aren’t many options for the NBA to move the game. Las Vegas and Orlando have been discussed, but Vegas seems to be out of the running due to scheduling conflicts. New Orleans is a new option and it has the infrastructure to host an event — the city hosted the 2008 and 2014 All-Star Game. Other options could include Indianapolis or moving the game to Los Angeles a year earlier than scheduled. In any case there will be a rush to plan and the city needs to be ready-made for an event like the NBA All-Star Game and its festivities.
If the NBA decides to move the game because of HB2 it will be the first league to take an actual stand against the North Carolina state law. The NFL made comments about law and threatened to move ownership meetings scheduled in Charlotte but eventually went through with the meetings as planned. It’s another situation where the NFL missed a chance to take a stand and be a leader on social change. It is important to note the league and its partners have condemned the bill, but sometimes actions speak louder than words.
We will see if the NBA can be an agent of social/political change or not. The league’s players have been more active speaking out against violence over the past few weeks and now the NBA is picking up a cause it has been supporting for a while now.