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Washington unlikely to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game after relocation announcement

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On Thursday, the NBA announced that it would relocate the 2017 NBA All-Star game from Charlotte to another city due to the State of North Carolina not repealing HB2, a law that overturns nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ citizens. has some more detailed content about the law and its implications in this explainer.

Earlier reports, including from Adrian Wojanrowski of the Vertical stated that New Orleans was an early front-runner to host the game, but other cities were in the mix.

Unfortunately, one of those "other cities" doesn't appear to be Washington, D.C. In fact, no one at Monumental Sports has expressed interest to the NBA about hosting a game according to Andy Medici of the Washington Business Journal.

Washington D.C. hosted the NBA All-Star game once in 2001. Though the NBA has generally favored warmer weather cities when hosting these events, I think Washington is still a great, world-class city to host a game. The Washington Capitals are playing on the projected game date of February 19, 2017, but they are playing the New York Rangers on the road so I don't see why D.C. doesn't at least deserve a chance to get the game and a projected $100 million economic impact from it.