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Like the NBA, the NCAA Is Moving Championships From North Carolina Due to HB2

Like the NBA, the NCAA Is Moving Championships From North Carolina Due to HB2

Following the NBA pulling the All-Star game from North Carolina due to the transgender bathroom law, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) decided to take the same action.

The NCAA is moving a total of seven championships out of North Carolina, and half of them are women's events:

  • Division I women's soccer championship College Cup, slated for Cary, Dec. 2 and 4. 
  • Division I women's golf championship regional in Greenville, May 8-10.
  • Division I women's lacrosse championship in Cary, May 26 and 28.

The board issued a statement saying, "Current North Carolina state laws make it challenging to guarantee the host communities can help deliver on that commitment if NCAA events remained in the state."

The other championship events that will be relocated are:

  • Division III men's and women's soccer championship in Greensboro, Dec. 2-3.
  • Division I men's basketball tournament first/second rounds in Greensboro, March 17 and 19, 2017. 
  • Division III men's and women's tennis championship in Cary, May 22-27.
  • Division II baseball championship in Cary, May 27-June 3.

Information for where these championships will be held are yet to be released.

Colleges in North Carolina are being directly affected by the chain of events circling the HB2 law, which makes it unlawful to use a restroom different from the gender on one's birth certificate regardless of gender identity.

According to espnW, schools in the state of North Carolina can earn the right to host a postseason tournament event, but it would not be a championship event sponsored by the NCAA.

The state of North Carolina is not only being affected by sporting events but a number of musical acts have also canceled shows in the state due to the law.

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