NBA decides to award 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte

hornetslogoTalk about a long bathroom break … the NBA announced Wednesday that Charlotte will host the 2019 All-Star Game after this year’s midseason event was moved to New Orleans because of a North Carolina state law restricting the rights of LGBT people.

The All-Star weekend festivities are set for Feb. 15-17, 2019, with the 68th NBA All-Star Game taking place at Spectrum Center, the home of the Hornets.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in March signed a compromise bill that repealed House Bill 2, but banned local governments from passing anti-discrimination ordinances for three years.

The league pulled the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte in response at the time to North Carolina’s law that mandated transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates.

Hornets owner and chairman Michael Jordan thanked Silver in a statement for the league’s decision to bring back the All-Star Game to Charlotte.

“We are thrilled the league has awarded NBA All-Star 2019 to the city of Charlotte,” Jordan said Wednesday. “We want to thank Commissioner Silver for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City.”

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