Another sporting event has been moved from North Carolina in reaction to the passage of the anti-gay HB2.
The National Junior College Athletic Association cited HB2 in its decision to move the 2017 Division III baseball championship next May from Kinston, N.C. The NJCAA said in a statement:
In announcing its decision today, the NJCAA Executive Committee referenced the mission statement in the NJCAA Constitution, which emphasizes the promotion and governance of competitive athletics in an inclusive environment for all student-athletes, coaches and administrators of its member colleges. It was determined by the executive committee that the current HB2 law in North Carolina poses specific challenges to the inclusive environment the NJCAA believes should not be in question at its national championships.
The NJCAA will work to find a replacement site immediately.
The NBA, NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference have also moved sporting events from the state. Last week, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association announced it would move eight of its 10 championships from North Carolina.
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who pushed and signed HB2 this spring, is in a tough reelection fight and has trailed his opponent Roy Cooper in recent polls. If McCrory loses, Cooper said he will seek to repeal HB2. This might be the only thing that will cause sports leagues to start holding championship events again in the state.