CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - While the Charlotte Hornets team store continues to attract fans with money to spend, professional basketball is proving to be bad business for entrepreneurs in center city.
"We are still struggling," said Briana Cohen, part of the management group that manages Aria Tuscan Grill at Trade and College Streets. "We had to issue refunds to people that had booked events for us for the NBA All-Star weekend."
Aria Tuscan Grill is among the many businesses caught in the crossfire between politicians and NBA decision makers who decided to move the 2017 game to New Orleans.
Pro basketball demonstrates the power of trickle-down economics, which means even those who make a living on the streets of Center City Charlotte now feel shut out of the action.
Putting the NBA All Star Weekend back in play is the goal of the Charlotte City Council, and that's why they're tabling a two-page agreement in hopes that the league awards our city the game to be played two years from now.
One of the key components of the agreement states that rights and obligations shall apply in substantially similar force and effect with respect to the 2019 All Star Weekend.
For years, Richa Graphics has landed its share of contracts during big time events.
Sachin Vyas is on board with new negotiations.
"What is the discussion that needs to happen to make sure they're all on the same page and can deliver," Vyas said.
Cohen agrees. "I really hope they are coming up with a plan."
Several council members will not be attending Monday night's meeting, but a source close to the conversations said they do have enough votes for passage.