NCAA returns events to NC after state rolls back LGBT law


The last time Rupp hosted an NCAA tournament game was in 2013. North Carolina was awarded 23 total postseason events in Division I, II and III by the NCAA on Tuesday. "By rewarding North Carolina with championship games, the NCAA has undermined its credibility and is sending a risky message to lawmakers across the country who are targeting LGBTQ people with discriminatory state legislation".

According to the NCAA, any site awarded a championship event in North Carolina or elsewhere be required to submit additional documentation demonstrating how student-athletes and fans will be protected from discrimination.

In 2020, Fort Wayne, Indiana (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum), Greenville, South Carolina (Bon Secours Wellness Arena), Portland (Moda Center) and Dallas (Moody Coliseum) will serve as the four regional sites March 27-30.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed a compromise bill March 30 while saying it wasn't a ideal solution.

The new law repealed the issue over transgender bathrooms, but retained language from the original bill that kept local governments from enacting their own legislation that is inclusive of the LGBTQ community.

Charlotte joined Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Raleigh in placing bids to host college tournament basketball games.

The same day the bathroom law was repealed, NCAA President Mark Emmert addressed the subject in his news conference ahead of the men's Final Four in Glendale, Arizona, noting that North Carolina is rich in college sports tradition.

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North Carolina was awarded 10 different NCAA Division I events on Tuesday. However the moratorium against local nondiscrimination ordinances only lasts through 2020.

Several upcoming ACC events, including the 2017 football championship game in Charlotte, were already scheduled to take place in North Carolina. In a basketball-crazed state, losing events such as the NBA all-star game and big NCAA tournament games was also a blow to residents' pride.

We will, of course, host first and second round March Madness games next year.

Athletic Director Judy Rose said the school appreciates the efforts put forth by lawmakers "to create a bipartisan compromise so that NCAA events could return to North Carolina".

Equality NC is a statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer North Carolinians. "The unfortunate reality is they can not", said Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC.

"I believe that the insinuation by the NCAA that they are rewarding us for good behavior is an insult to the people of North Carolina", Brody said in a statement after the NCAA's announcement that bids from North Carolina would be considered again.