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Charlotte will host the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. The NBA made the announcement Wednesday, effectively returning the event to the city less than two years after it pulled the 2017 All-Star Game in response to House Bill 2.

The 68th annual event will take place at Spectrum Center on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, preceded by a weekend of games and other activities.

Civil and human rights groups are decrying the NBA’s decision to make Charlotte eligible again to host the league's All-Star game.

A member of the North Carolina Sports Association has sent a letter to state lawmakers with this warning, North Carolina is on the brink of losing out on all NCAA championships for the next six years unless something is done about House Bill 2.

Transgender Rights Finds Allies in Sports

Sep 19, 2016

A surprising amount of negative reaction to North Carolina’s HB 2 is coming from the world of sports. The NBA withdrew its All-Star game from Charlotte then, last week the NCAA pulled championship games from around the state with the ACC following quickly on their heels. The macho world of sports taking up the cause of transgender rights seems unlikely. But is it really? We look at social activism in sports.

Charlotte City Council members approved new body armor and more community training for CMPD last night. They also got updates on the streetcar, the airport and the NBA All-Star game. We’ll get to those in a minute. But first, the votes involving CMPD and the frustration many at the meeting expressed about police treatment of African-Americans.

Coat-tail riding has begun, as candidates for statewide races fully embrace Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and a social media gaffe highlights the growing role of non-traditional campaigning.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made at least six stops in North Carolina this election. But Monday night’s stop in Winston-Salem was the first to include Governor Pat McCrory. He warmed up the crowd with some jokes.


On this edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, the NBA takes a big swing at North Carolina and Governor Pat McCrory swings back.

We are in-between conventions, and some North Carolina Republicans are still hitching a ride back from theirs'. And Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are about ready to launch strategies they hope will win the state.

NBA's Decision 'PC BS,' McCrory Says

Jul 22, 2016

Joining Mike Collins on Charlotte Talks Friday, Governor Pat McCrory spoke out against the NBA's decision to move the 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte. McCrory stood by House Bill Two and said blame should be placed on the city of Charlotte for passing its expansion of the city's non-discrimination ordinance, and on the media and groups like Human Rights Campaign for mischaracterizing HB2 and waging war against anyone who doesn't fully agree. 

Hear that and our Friday news roundup. 

The NBA says its moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to House Bill 2, the state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

HB2 Kills NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte

Jul 21, 2016

What started as speculation over House Bill 2 has now become fact. The 2017 NBA All Star Game will not be played in Charlotte.

North Carolina lawmakers tweaked the controversial law known as House Bill 2 in the last hours of the state’s legislative session on Friday night, restoring the right to sue in state court for discriminatory firings.