Atlanta asks NBA to mull moving All-Star game from Charlotte

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks as Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan listens during a news conference to announce Charlotte as the site of the 2017 NBA All-Star game. (Chuck Burton/AP)

Atlanta city leaders are asking the NBA to consider moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte after North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation seen as limiting LGBT protections.

Atlanta’s City Council introduced a resolution Tuesday asking the NBA to move the game to Atlanta after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law critics called discriminatory against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

The North Carolina law prevents Charlotte and other local governments from approving LGBT protections at restaurants, hotels and stores.

Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority CEO Tom Murray said in a statement that officials are concerned about the legislation and continue hearing about potential event cancellations.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement the league is hopeful Charlotte and North Carolina can work through their differences long before the game.