Tech Leaders Urge Silver to Consider Moving NBA All-Star
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology industry leaders have urged NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to move the All-Star Game out of Charlotte unless a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people is repealed "in very short order."
In a letter sent Friday and obtained by The Associated Press, the executives tell Silver that putting fans at risk of discrimination would "send a terrible message about who the NBA is and what it values as an organization, and set a dangerous precedent."
The All-Star weekend is set for next February. Silver has resisted setting any deadlines for when the league might act, believing positive dialogue is ongoing that he hopes would lead to changes in the HB2 law. However, he has said a decision probably would have to be made this summer.
The letter was sent by SV Angel founder and co-managing partner Ron Conway and includes signatures from executives from companies such as Google, Reddit, PayPal, Lyft and Pinterest.
NBA owners are holding their annual off-season meeting this week in Las Vegas.