NCAA Pulls Championship Events from North Carolina Because of Anti-LGBT HB2By Adam Polaski • September 13, 2016 • 10:41 am
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced last night that they will move all previously awarded championship events to North Carolina out of the state because of HB 2, the discriminatory law that bans transgender people from using public restrooms and knocks down all local non-discrimination protections for LGBT people.
Seven NCAA championship events in Cary, Greensboro and Greenville, scheduled for between December 2016 and May 2017, now will be relocated to other states. The NCAA’s move comes less than two months after the NBA pulled the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte – costing the city more than $100 million in anticipated revenues.
Kasey Suffredini, Freedom for All Americans’ Chief Program Officer, said today:
“Once again, hardworking North Carolinians are bearing the brunt of Governor McCrory’s inexplicable dedication to this discriminatory and hateful law. HB 2 is costing the state hundreds of million dollars, damaging local economies and tarnishing North Carolina’s brand beyond repair. It’s astonishing that Governor McCrory and his legislative allies continue to ignore the harm this law is doing to so many hardworking business owners, employees, and LGBT people in North Carolina.”
In last night’s statement explaining the move out of North Carolina, NCAA president Mark Emmert noted: “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 NCAA’s announcement is the latest blow to the state’s economy since lawmakers hastily passed HB 2 during a special session in March of this year. In addition to the more than $100 million in lost revenue associated with the NBA All-Star game, the Charlotte Chamber has estimated that the discriminatory law is costing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region at least $285 million. The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau says the law has cost their region more than $40 million; while companies including PayPal and Deutsche Bank have canceled planned expansions in the state – costing North Carolina jobs and investments.