Basketball

In North Carolina, a law often known as HB2 has been very controversial, showing up in the news frequently over the last few months. It's a law that governs who can use public bathrooms in the state, and it's been criticized for discriminating against transgender individuals. As of now, though, the law still stands.

However, lawmakers are starting to feel pressure from many different directions, and they've been mulling changes to the law. One source of this pressure is the National Basketball Association. The NBA's All Star Game was meant to be played in Charlotte, North Carolina -- the home of the Charlotte Hornets, who are run by Michael Jordan -- but the league has been threatening to move the game to a new site if the law isn't adjusted. A few changes were just proposed to try to keep the game in the state, as it could bring in a significant amount of revenue.

Not Enough

Recently, the Hornets and the NBA put out an official statement about the law. It notes that they've been engaged in the discussions at numerous levels, but that they still do not like the bill as it sits now, even with the changes. The statement says nothing has yet been decided about the All Star Game. This is the league's way of saying that the alterations haven't been good enough and that they could still move the game if more changes are not made. The statement stresses that the league values things like inclusion and equality.

Publicity

Of course, the NBA itself has no legal clout and can't force changes that lawmakers and voters do not want. However, the league can raise publicity for the issue and use economics to pressure people into making those changes, which is the route they've chosen to take. It's going to be important for those in North Carolina to keep an eye on the progression of this case and league's stance, as a reversal on the controversial law could significantly alter the legal landscape for years to come.

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