NCAA Has Good News for North Carolina

It will again consider the state's bids to host events
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 4, 2017 11:19 AM CDT
NCAA President Mark Emmert at a news conference in Glendale, Ariz., on March 30.   (Matt York)

(Newser) – The NCAA will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people, reports the AP. The governing body said Tuesday its Board of Governors had reviewed moves to repeal the "bathroom bill" and replace it with a compromise law. The NCAA offered a lukewarm endorsement, saying the new law "meets the minimal NCAA requirements" while expressing concerns about its provisions. The NCAA statement said a majority of the board "reluctantly voted" to allow for consideration of bids from North Carolina during current deliberations for sites running through 2022. Events for the 2017-18 season that have already been awarded to the state will remain in place.

The North Carolina Sports Association had estimated more than $250 million in potential economic impact from 130 event bids submitted to the NCAA. Before Gov. Roy Cooper signed the compromise bill, the NCAA had pulled seven events from the state for the 2016-17 season and vowed to remove North Carolina bids from consideration. Cooper says he’s glad the NCAA is returning to the state to “join us in fighting for more protections” from discrimination. The president of the Human Rights Campaign, however, says "the NCAA's decision has put a seal of approval on state-sanctioned discrimination." The Atlantic Coast Conference said Friday it would also consider North Carolina sites to host events after pulling out of the state last fall. (Read more North Carolina stories.)

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