NBA opts New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game | Fox News

FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the All-Star basketball game.( AP Photo/ Gerald Herbert, File)

The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans after taking the midseason event out of North because of a state law that restriction anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, lesbian and transgender people.

New Orleans, announced Friday as the new locating of video games, replaces Charlotte, which was set to host the game until the NBA decided last month to move it elsewhere.

Unlike several other Southern countries, 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 ensure 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.”

The NBA’s decision and the economic boost it will bring offer a timely dose of good news following disastrous inundating across large swaths of southeast Louisiana that has killed at least 13 people and damaged an estimated 40,000 homes, largely around Baton Rouge. Much of the New Orleans metropolitan area has been spared from the flooding.

“While we move into the recovery stage of this disaster, I want to thank the NBA for the vote of confidence in our state to host this event and their subsistence of the relief efforts currently being carried out, ” Edwards said.

This marks the third time New Orleans, which became an NBA city for the second time in 2002, has been selected to host the league’s All-Star Game.

When the All-Star Game first came in 2008, the NBA spearheaded numerous community service projects aimed at helping neighborhoods hard hit by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The NBA will be presented with similar possibilities next year to assistance inundated communities within an hour’s drive of New Orleans.

Indeed, the New Orleans Pelicans and the NFL’s Saints, both owned by Tom Benson, already have begun deploying administrative staff to assist inundation relief efforts while opening the teams’ headquarters as a collection point for donations of basic supplyings for inundate victims.

“As we know, the NBA will engage thousands of local “childrens and” charities during this weekend, ” Benson said in written remarks thanking the NBA for preferring New Orleans.

All-Star weekend also came to the Big Easy in 2014, when Pelicans forward and center Anthony Davis induced his All-Star debut. Davis would play the All-Star Game in his home arena again “if hes” named to the Western Conference squad for a fourth straight season.

New Orleans, which has a history of hosting major sporting events, has seen its last two bids to host a Super Bowl come up short. It also bid unsuccessfully to host one of the NCAA Final Fours between 2017 and 2021. Those letdowns even more motivating for country and city officials to act decisively to entice the NBA All-Star Game after the league’s decision to take it away from the initially designated host city.

A number of entertainment acts, including a Bruce Springsteen concert, have canceled North Carolina events because of its so-called HB2 law.

Louisiana hasn’t legislated or debated a “bathroom bill” of the different types passed in North Carolina. Edwards earlier this year issued an LGBT rights anti-discrimination order.

In the April order, the Democratic governor banned discrimination in nation government based on sex orientation and gender identity. State contracts also were required to comply, except contractors that are religious organisations. Edwards’ anti-discrimination order was similar to orders enacted by two former Louisiana Democratic governors but he added speech protecting against discrimination based on gender identity, a provision that protects transgender people.

Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office has issued an sentiment claiming that Edwards’ order has “no bind legal effect” and surpasses the governor’s authority. But the order hasn’t been challenged in tribunal, and Edwards has vowed to follow it. Landry’s office also has joined 10 other states in a suit filed in May against President Barack Obama’s administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The Human Rights Campaign, a national civil rights group working on behalf of lesbian, gay and transgender people, praised the NBA’s decision to choose New Orleans.

“The NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver have sent a clear message to lawmakers in North Carolina and across the country that discrimination against LGBTQ people has consequences and will not be tolerated, ” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “New Orleans’ explicit LGBTQ non-discrimination protections will ensure all NBA employees, players, and fans who participate in the All-Star Game are protected from discrimination.”

The All-star Game is scheduled for Feb. 19, which falls during the first weekend of Mardi Gras processions. That weekend presents some logistical challenges for New Orleans in terms of policing and traffic control, but considerably less so than the following weekend, when the largest parades roll in the working day leading up to Fat Tuesday, which is Feb. 28.

“The combination of NBA All-Star with the first weekend of Mardi Gras will provide our residents, visitors and NBA fans an even more special experience, ” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

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