By: - July 25, 2016 6:54 am

charlotte-44—number of days since NBA officials announced that the league was moving the 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte because of HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law passed by the General Assembly March 23rd and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory the same day (“NBA Statement Regarding 2017 NBA All-Star Game,, July 21, 2016)

4—number of says since the NBA said it would hold the 2019 all-star game in Charlotte if the discrimination issues raised by HB2 are resolved (“NBA moves 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte over HB2; 2019 return possible, Charlotte Observer, July 21, 2016)

4—number of days since Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement attacking the NBA and blaming the decision to move the 2017 all-star game on the “sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media” (Press release, Office of the Governor, July 21, 2016)

95—number of days since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the General Assembly must change HB2 to keep the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte (“NBA’s Silver: LGBT law must change to keep 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, Charlotte Observer, April 21, 2016)

25—number of days since the NBA announced that it did not support a rumored compromise on HB2 that ultimately was never introduced in the General Assembly (“NBA, Hornets reject current HB2 compromise bill,” Progressive Pulse, July 1, 2016)

25—number of days since the General Assembly adjourned its 2016 regular session without making major changes to the discrimination provisions in HB2 (N.C. General Assembly)

100 million—amount in dollars of spending that the NBA All-Star Game was projected to bring to the Charlotte area (“NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, cites LGBT law, WRAL-TV, July 21, 2016)

285 million—amount in dollars that the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce said in May, before the NBA decision to move the all-star game, that HB2 was costing Mecklenburg County (“Chamber: Let cities pass own LGBT protections,” Charlotte Observer, May 24, 2016)

1,300 jobs—minimum number of jobs that Charlotte Chamber of Commerce said in May that HB2 was costing Mecklenburg County (Ibid)

58—percentage decline in new inquiries about economic development in Charlotte area since Gov. McCrory signed HB2 into law. (Ibid)

17—number of days since 68 corporations including Microsoft, Apple, Bloomberg, Capital One, General Electric, IBM, Nike, Morgan Stanley, PayPal, Dow Chemical and Red Hat filed an amicus brief supporting the lawsuit challenging HB2  (“68 companies join brief in House Bill 2 lawsuit,” News & Observer, July 8, 2016)

17—number of days since Gov. Pat McCrory criticized the 68 major corporations for signing on to amicus brief support the lawsuit challenging HB2 (Ibid)

5—number of days since Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said HB2 was an “embarrassing bill” and N.C. basketball coach Mark Gottfried said he was appalled by the law and is “embarrassed when he goes on recruiting visits and parents ask about it. (“Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina coaches condemn ’embarrassing’ HB2 bill,” USA Today, July 20. 2016)

3—number of days since Gov. McCrory called the NBA decision to move the all-star game because of HB2 “PC BS” and said that he doubted Krzyzewski and Gottfried had read the bill and complained again about the politically correct elite (“McCrory calls NBA’s decision to move All-Star Game ‘Total P.C. BS’,  Courier-Tribune, July 22, 2016)

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