Tuesday, September 13, 2016

NCAA Pulls Seven Championship Games From North Carolina Over HB2

The bad news keeps coming for beleagured North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory as his state's anti-LGBT law, HB2, continues to hurt his state's image and economy.

The NCAA has announced seven championship games have been pulled from the state including the first and second rounds of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship — part of the Road to the Final Four — originally slated to be in Greensboro.

Via press release, the Board underscored that "NCAA championships and events must promote an inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans. Current North Carolina state laws make it challenging to guarantee that host communities can help deliver on that commitment if NCAA events remained in the state."

The seven championship events to be relocated from North Carolina for 2016-17:

• 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4.
• 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3.
• 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19.
• 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10.
• 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27.
• 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28.
• 2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3.

The North Carolina Republican Party, which champions the hate law, issued this statement:

This isn't the first negative impact on the state due to HB2. To date the state has lost mullion and millions of revenue due to cancelled conventions and concerts and other entertainment events.

And the governor is feeling the heat as he currently trails his opponent for reelection by an average of 6 points according to Real Clear Politics.

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