ADAM SILVER: Thank all of you for being here. I know we have roughly 1,800 members of the media here in Charlotte from around the world, and we really appreciate your support. And those of you who traveled long distances to be here especially. Thank you for that.
Let me begin with a few other thank yous. First of all, to the city of Charlotte, you've been tremendous hosts. Thank you, from the hotels to the restaurants, the police officers, everyone who's assisted us in the community, it's really been a fantastic reception.
To the Hornets team, let me begin, of course, with Michael Jordan, the principal owner of the team. This is something that he wanted to make happen for a long time. It was something that years ago he came and he spoke to his fellow team owners and talked about how important it was to him to bring All-Star to his home state of North Carolina, and, of course, finally we're here.
To Curtis Polk, the alternate governor of the team, who was instrumental in bringing the game here. Thank you to you as well. And a special thank you to Fred Whitfield, the team president, who worked tirelessly over the last several years to make this happen.
Let me then talk a little bit about the bumps in the road it took to bring this game here. Of course, originally, we were scheduled to play the All-Star Game in Charlotte in 2017. After that announcement, a law was passed in North Carolina called HB2, which in the view of the League office and many others, discriminated against the LGBTQ community. We then made a decision that it was inconsistent with the values of this league to play the All-Star Game here under those circumstances.
It was not an economic boycott of North Carolina. Of course, the Charlotte Hornets continued to play here. 29 other NBA teams continue to travel to North Carolina to play. We have a G League team in Greensboro. But we felt that, in terms of a celebratory environment, as we have with our All-Star event, it was not appropriate.
I will say then with strong support from Michael Jordan and Fred Whitfield and others in the organization, they began an effort working with the City and the State to repeal that law, and ultimately, I'd say, in true North Carolina fashion, people came together and ultimately did change that law. For many people, it didn't go far enough, and I'm sympathetic to those who feel that there are still not appropriate protections for the LGBTQ community, but I also felt from a league standpoint it was important, and as part of our core values, to work with people and ultimately to move forward with the community.