The controversial HB2 legislation, which force transgender people to use the restroom listed on their birth certificate and not the gender they identify with, has caused plenty of controversy in the state of North Carolina and around the country.
Now, the bill could have a major impact on the state hosting ACC sporting events in the future.
North Carolina has hosted the ACC Championship Game for football at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte every year since 2010, but 2016 may be its last. The conference discussed the new law, which was signed into effect in March, at the spring meetings and it could affect what the state is able to do with the conference into the future.
“The membership strongly supports the league continuing to engage at the highest levels regarding the effects of this law on its constituents as it evaluates current and future events and championships within the state of North Carolina,” a statement released by the conference last week read.
North Carolina has also hosted the women’s basketball conference tournament multiple times in the past. It was in Raleigh in 1979 and 1982, in Fayetteville from 1983-1991, in from 1997-1999, and has been in Greensboro every year since 2000.
The public backlash for the law has worried the state over the last few months and it could affect the sporting world greatly over the next year. It could cause the NBA to pull the 2017 All-Star Game from the state and it could keep the NCAA Tournament out in 2019.
It certainly looks like the state has some big decisions to make at next year’s state legislature. For now, however, they have to suffer the consequences as they come.
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