According to a letter sent to lawmakers by the North Carolina Sports Association, the NCAA is poised to remove the entire state from consideration for hosting events in the next six years if the anti-LGBT HB2 law is not repealed in the coming days or weeks. The North Carolina Sports Association advocates for the state to host sporting events.
The News & Observer got a copy of the letter and shared some of its contents:
“Our contacts at the NCAA tell us that, due to their stance on HB2, all North Carolina bids will be pulled from the review process and removed from consideration,” Scott Dupree, of the N.C. Sports Association and Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, wrote.
“That process will begin in the various sports committees starting in 7 to 10 days and continuing through February. At that point, we will be faced with a six-year drought of NCAA championships in North Carolina.”
The NCAA issued a statement Monday simply stating the facts that 1) the NCAA has removed some events from the state and 2) the NCAA will be announcing selections for the next six years in the coming weeks.
According to News & Observer sports columnist Luke DeCock, “Wake County alone has submitted 57 bids to NCAA, for everything from basketball (men's 1/2 rds & regional) to tennis to softball to rifle.” All of those bids would be removed from consideration if the report is true.
Wake County includes the cities of Raleigh and Cary.
The North Carolina Family Policy Council today accused the NCAA and equality groups of, well, read for yourself...
“The NCAA and associated groups apparently believe that allowing men into women's bathrooms and showers is more important than protecting the constitutional right to privacy and safety of male and female athletes, of staff and volunteers working at NCAA events, and of girls and boys and women and men who seek to use the bathroom at these venues.”
Late last year state lawmakers attempted to repeal the law but got hung up on trying to stop cities from protecting its LGBT citizens from discrimination.