The ACC announced on Wednesday that all championship games for the 2016-17 seasons will be moved from the state of North Carolina due to HB2, the controversial law that many believe allows discrimination towards the LGBTQ community.
The move comes just days after the NCAA announced it would be moving first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games from the state. The Southern Conference also indicated this week that they would be considering a move for the conference basketball tournament due to HB2.
“As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination,” a statement read.
“Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year.
“All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”
Yes, that means the ACC Football Championship Game, which was set to be played in Charlotte, will be forced to find a new home.
Other tournaments being moved will be for baseball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and women’s soccer.
HB2 has also cost North Carolina the annual NBA All-Star Weekend, so perhaps law makers should wake up and realize the law — which creates divisiveness and exclusion — is costing the state a lot of money, along with integrity.