On Wednesday, the ACC announced all neutral site championship games would be moved from the state of North Carolina due to the controversial HB2 law. That included the ACC football championship, which is generally held in Charlotte.
All championship games being moved are for the 2016-17 academic year, so the conference will have to move fast.
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, there is already a favorite emerging to serve as host for the ACC football championship and that is Orlando, Florida.
Orlando is prohibitive favorite as new host of ACC title game, sources told @ESPN. They will meet w/ACC officials on Thursday
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 14, 2016
While the ACC is relocating championship games for this season, there is no word on what will happen in the future with the games in 2017, 2018 and beyond. There will have to be an honest discussion, however, with Charlotte scheduled to host the football championship through 2019.
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.