"The National Basketball Association won't be holding the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina, because of a recently passed state law that discriminates against transgender people.
Other cities seeking the related revenue are scrambling for the opportunity to host the midseason game, but the NBA is reportedly planning to move it to New Orleans. The Louisiana city hosted the game in 2008 and 2014.
A Yahoo News report citing league sources was first to break the news, and says NBA is expected to make a formal announcement as soon as this week.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver previously said North Carolina's widely criticized anti-trans law, passed in 2016, is "inconsistent with the core values" of the NBA and that the All-Star Weekend, which generates millions of dollars in economic activity, could be relocated as a result.
North Carolina is the first and only U.S. state to formalize the insane, perverse, and prejudicial notion that transgender people who need to take a shit or a piss while in a public building or school must be able to present identification that matches the gender (some like use the word "sex") on their birth certificate, rather that using the gendered bathroom that most closely matches their actual gender identity."