Top Massachusetts lawmaker makes play for NBA All-Star Game


BOSTON (AP) — Boston is apparently out of the running for the 2017 NBA All-Star game, which became available after the league decided to move the event out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

A spokeswoman for the TD Garden told The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2agqYAL ) Friday that the arena where the Boston Celtics play would be unable to host the game next February because of a scheduling conflict.

The newspaper reported that “Disney on Ice” is booked for that weekend.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo sent a tweet Thursday urging the NBA to bring the game to Massachusetts, where lawmakers recently approved a transgender rights law.

The league pulled the game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

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