That speculation over whether the NCAA will bring championship games back to North Carolina has ended. The decision comes almost three weeks after Republican and Democratic lawmakers reached a compromise to repeal HB2, which barred transgender people from using public restrooms that match their gender identity.
Lawmakers replaced HB2 with House Bill 142 earlier this month, though LGBT advocates called the new law a "sham" as it prevents local governments from passing their own non-discrimination ordinances through 2020.
UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said he appreciates what the return of championship events could mean economically for communities in North Carolina.
After the NCAA took the 2017 NCAA Tournament out of North Carolina (Greensboro was to be a first-weekend host), Greenville, South Carolina was named as the replacement. "And this new law restores the state to that legal landscape: a landscape similar to other jurisdictions presently hosting NCAA championships". This new law, HB 142, "has the potential to set a risky precedent for other states if powerful organizations like the NCAA give them their blessing", ACLU Advocacy and Policy Counsel Eunice Hyon Min Rho said April 14.
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski called HB2 "embarrassing" and "a stupid thing", and North Carolina Coach Roy Williams said the law was "discriminatory" and "not right". I Men's Basketball championship game sites.
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"We are actively determining site selections, and this new law has minimally achieved a situation where we believe NCAA championships may be conducted in a nondiscriminatory environment", NCAA said in a statement April 4.
The NCAA pulled championships from North Carolina previous year in response the HB2, the so-called "bathroom bill".
On Tuesday, the town was awarded the 2018 and 2020 Division I women's College Cup soccer tournament, the 2019 and 2021 Division I men's College Cup soccer tournament and the 2019-2022 Division II men's baseball championships. Neither of these sites would be in North Carolina were it not for the last-minute totally-not-related-to-the-NCAA-deadline "compromise" on House Bill 2. They said more work needs to be done to provide statewide antidiscrimination protections for LGBT North Carolinians.
Some businesses withdrew plans for expansion, concerts were cancelled and the National Basketball Association moved the all-star game out of Charlotte to New Orleans.
It stated events already awarded to North Carolina for the 2017-18 sports season - including men's basketball tournament games in Charlotte - would remain in place.