The NCAA Reluctantly Okays North Carolina’s HB142 Law

The NCAA will accept bids from North Carolina cities for various tournaments despite not really liking the HB142 anti-discrimination law.

 

 

 

Both The NCAA and the NBA are thinking about putting big events back in North Carolina following the passage of HB142 which gives the State Assembly the right to pass laws that local municipalities want in protecting LGBT rights.

Last August, the National Basketball Association pulled the league’s 2017 All Star Game and All Star weekend from Charlotte in a political protest.  NBA owners waited as long as possible for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and state legislators to rescind House Bill 2 that requires transgender individuals use the bathrooms in government buildings which correspond to their gender identity at birth. The NBA told McCrory to make changes in the bill which he signed into law or the All Star Game would be moved. McCrory and the legislators refused.

In the past, NCAA forced colleges to change what was deemed offensive brand names and logos. Also because of the flying of the confederate flag at the state capital in Columbia, South Carolina the NCAA banned all scheduled championship events in that state from 2001 until 2015 when the confederate flag was removed from the state grounds. The Atlantic Coast Conference did move the December 3, 2016 conference football championship game from Charlotte to Orlando, Florida.

North Carolina and sports leagues may continue their fight over discrimination in the future. But for now there is a truce.

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