North Carolina's failure to change a new enacted law that targets the LGBT community has cost it the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
The league announced the decision in a statement Thursday afternoon, but added that it hopes to be able to reschedule the mid-winter showcase for Charlotte in 2019.
The issue is over North Carolina's House Bill 2, that mandates transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates. The law also omits LGBT people from anti-discrimination protections in North Carolina.
"Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change. We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view."
While the league's statement did not name a new site for the 2017 All-Star festivities, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, league sources say the NBA is focused on moving the All-Star Game and weekend to the New Orleans' Smoothie King Center.
NBA All-Star weekend is scheduled for Feb. 17-19, 2017. The league says it is expected to announce the new location in the next few weeks.
If the league decides to move it to New Orleans, it will follow the move of the original Charlotte Hornets, who moved to New Orleans in 2002 and eventually became the Pelicans in 2013.