Earlier this year, the state of North Carolina passed House Bill 2, which eliminates anti-discriminatory protections against members of the LGBTQ community. That has led to a number of reactions, including multiple states banning government-funded travel to the state.
It has now greatly affected the NCAA and the upcoming college basketball season. The association announced that they would remove seven tournament games from the state, including two men’s NCAA Tournament games next year.
The games were scheduled to take place in Greensboro, North Carolina, but they will be move to a different location to be named at a later date.
“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”
The NBA announced earlier this year that they would move the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend from Charlotte to New Orleans. Despite the NCAA making this announcement, the ACC announced that the championship tournament would remain in Charlotte for the 2016-17 season.
It will be intriguing to see how the state reacts to this latest development in their controversial case.