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NBA:New Orleans to Host League’s 2017 All-Star Game, Louisiana Governor Confirms

The NBA had pulled the game from North Carolina due to the state’s HB2 law. “I want to thank the NBA for the vote of confidence in our state to host this event,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday.

NBA moves 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans

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Almost a month after deciding that the 2017 NBA All-Star Game would be moved out of Charlotte, North Carolina, due to the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law, the league announced Friday that the game will be relocated to New Orleans.

It will be played February 19 at Smoothie King Center — home of the New Orleans Pelicans. It will be the 66th NBA All-Star Game in league history and the third time it has been hosted by New Orleans.
The news, which had been expected, was announced by the league in a statement Friday.
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“New Orleans is a world-class destination for sports and entertainment and we are very appreciative that the city is once again hosting our All-Star festivities,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “We are grateful to Tom and Gayle Benson and the Pelicans organization and to Governor John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation for inviting us back for what promises to be another exciting and memorable celebration of the game.” Source

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