CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NBA Board of Governors met Thursday in New York and on the table for discussion: the 2017 All-Star Game.
Controversy from HB2 has put Charlotte's chances of hosting in jeopardy. It's the biggest event the city, even the state, has hosted since the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday that while HB2 is "problematic," moving the game would be, in his opinion, "grandstanding."
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts praised the NBA's decision, saying the city appreciate's the NBA's support.
"We appreciate the support of the NBA for its belief in the people of Charlotte and North Carolina. Charlotte shares the NBA’s commitment to equal rights for all and we look forward to working with the NBA and with all of our partners toward constructive change.
The NBA and its fans should know that everybody is Always Welcome in Charlotte! We are honored to host this exciting event, and working hand in hand with the NBA, we will do all we can to make this the most successful All-Star Game ever!"
The Charlotte Chamber released the following statement in response to the NBA's decision:
"We appreciate and are grateful for the NBA's decision to keep the All Star game in Charlotte. We recognize that they, and others, have an expectation that more work needs to be done. Therefore we continue to encourage our representative leadership at all levels to continue to engage in efforts to assure our citizens that they will have the ability to defend their rights related to discrimination in all forms."
According to the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, the economic impact of the All-Star game will be around $100 million. That's more than the CIAA at $50 million, ACC football championship at $30 million, and Belk Bowl at $16.7 million combined.
$100 million would be a lot to lose and a lot for other cities to gain, which explains why Atlanta, and senators from half a dozen states, are trying to snatch it away.
In a statement from the group of senators they say in part:
"We cannot condone nor stand idly by as North Carolina moves to legalize and institutionalize discrimination against the LGBT community. Nor should the NBA allow its premier annual event to be hosted in such a state."
The NBA Board of Governors plan to discuss the issue Thursday and Friday at their meetings in New York.