NCAA moving 7 championship events out of North Carolina
The NCAA announced recently that it will pull seven NCAA championship events from North Carolina due to House Bill 2, or HB2, the state’s so-called bathroom law. In a statement the NCAA’s Board of Governors released on Monday, according to ABC News, the NCAA said HB2 makes "it unlawful to use a restroom different from the gender on one's birth certificate, regardless of gender identity.” The organization believes that the bill is discriminatory to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement that the NCAA has a responsibility to provide a safe environment at its sporting events for athletes and fans, according to USA Today. The possible discrimination that LGBT people might face due to HB2 makes it difficult for the NCAA to "guarantee the host communities can help deliver on that commitment if NCAA events remained in the state," the Board of Governors said, according to ABC News.
"The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation," McCrory said in a statement, according to ABC News. He continued, "I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation's judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach. Sadly, the NCAA, a multi-billion dollar, tax-exempt monopoly, failed to show this respect at the expense of our student athletes and hard-working men and women."
North Carolina’s Republican Party echoed McCrory’s sentiment in a press release issued to respond to the controversy, according to NPR: "This is so absurd it's almost comical. I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men's and women's teams together as singular unisex teams. Under the NCAA's logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation."
According to USA Today, the following seven events will be moved:
• Division I women's soccer championship, College Cup, slated for the town of Cary, Dec. 2 and 4, 2016
• Division III men's and women's soccer championship in Greensboro, Dec. 2-3, 2016
• Division I men's basketball tournament, first/second rounds, in Greensboro, March 17 and 19, 2017
• Division I women's golf championship regional in Greenville, May 8-10, 2017
• Division III men's and women's tennis championship in Cary, May 22-27, 2017
• Division I women's lacrosse championship in Cary, May 26 and 28, 2017
• Division II baseball championship in Cary, May 27-June 3, 2017
NPR noted that HB2 also cost the state the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. In addition, the law, USA Today reports, was the reason several musicians decided to cancel performances in the state.