New Or­leans gets 2017 All-Star Game

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - SPORTS -

NEW OR­LEANS >> The NBA has de­cided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Or­leans, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

New Or­leans re­places Char­lotte, which was set to host the game un­til the NBA de­cided last month that it wouldn’t hold its mar­quee, mid­sea­son event in North Carolina be­cause of a state law that lim­its anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion pro­tec­tions for les­bian, gay and trans­gen­der peo­ple.

Un­like sev­eral other South­ern states, Louisiana has not been swept up in leg­isla­tive ef­forts to pass laws sim­i­lar to that in North Carolina — a fact Gov. John Bel Ed­wards has touted while lob­by­ing the NBA to bring its All-Star week­end to New Or­leans.

“We em­brace our rich cul­tural her­itage and see our di­ver­sity as a virtue,” Ed­wards wrote in a let­ter to NBA Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver in late July. “Should the NBA choose to bring the All-Star Game back to New Or­leans in 2017, it will strongly reaf­firm its com­mit­ment to com­mu­ni­ties that value fair­ness and in­clu­sion.”

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