NCAA Could Reconsider Host Cities Based on LGBT Rights

By Adam Polaski • November 23, 2015 • 12:00 pm

On Friday, November 20, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that it could reconsider host cities for future events based on non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals. Previously, the NCAA said it would not reconsider host cities already selected for tournaments, such as Indianapolis, which is slated to host the 2012 Final Four tournament. Events like the Final Four bring tens of millions of dollars into the city, so this announcement could hugely impact states like Georgia, Indiana, and Texas – where LGBT people are not protected from discrimination by state law.

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Matt McTighe, executive director of Freedom for All Americans, commented on the big news this weekend:

The NCAA is taking a principled stand when it comes to ensuring their student athletes, employees and fans are protected from discrimination.  Everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity deserves the right to live, work and compete without fear of discrimination.

McTighe continued: “Freedom for all Americans wants cities like Indianapolis to thrive, but that cannot happen without ensuring everyone is protected equally under the law. That is why we are working with the state legislature to pass legislation to update existing nondiscrimination laws to include gay and transgender Hoosiers.”


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