’Then NCAA explained on Twitter why the North Carolina law was uniquely objectionable:’] In its most blunt protest of North Carolina’s law to date, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Monday it was withdrawing all seven of its previously scheduled championship events there in the season and will relocate them to other states. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement. A press release from the association said that “cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections” fueled its decision.
Encompassing sports from tennis and golf to basketball, the announcement comes less than two months after the NBA said it was withdrawing its 2017 Game from Charlotte in protest of the law. Known as HB2, the policy passed by North Carolina lawmakers in March bans transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity in government facilities and preempts local jurisdictions from enacting their own LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances. Those were two of four elements that distinguish North Carolina from other states with laws that may target LGBT people, the group said.
The Board of Governors views North Carolina differently from states that have similar laws for these reasons: The law has been the subject of several lawsuits a federal judge suspended a portion of the policy in August. The NCAA Board of Governors had telegraphed its concerns for months, including passing policy in April that says cities bidding to host the league’s events must have policies in place to protect participants from discrimination. The board followed up this summer with survey that asked prospective bidders how they would protect attendees and participants from discrimination, particularly shielding them from laws that restrict transgender people’s access to restrooms, In announcing its decision to withdraw the games Monday, the NCAA said that “championships and events must promote an inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans.
Current North Carolina state laws make it challenging to guarantee that host communities can help deliver on that commitment if NCAA events remained in the state. ” These are the games to be relocated: The NCAA will determine where to relocate the games “soon,” the group said, but did not provide a timeline. .