By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The morning after the North Carolina Tar Heels won their sixth national championship, the NCAA has lifted its ban on holding championship events in North Carolina. Their decision follows the state’s repeal of their so-called bathroom bill that affected transgendered people.
The ban was in place from the NCAA for the past six-months. The state has lost millions due to the bill, especially from sporting events.
The biggest event affected and forced to relocate was the 2017 NBA All-Star game. The NBA moved the game to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La.
“[North Carolina has] minimally achieved a situation where we believe NCAA Championships may be conducted in a nondiscrimminatory environment,” the NCAA’s statement said.
The bill was known as House Bill 2, or HB2. It removed “anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and it required transgender people to use bathrooms in public facilities that align with their sexes assigned at birth.”
The Atlantic Coast Conference, which is located within the State, announced last week after State officials said they were repealing the bill, they would be open to hosting Championship events in the State once again. They decided to move the games out of the State for neutral-site games.
Their biggest championship game was supposed to take place at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Instead, after the bill passed and the NCAA made their decision, the ACC moved the Football Championship game to Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Despite not commenting so far, the NBA planned to reschedule the All-Star game for Charlotte, N.C. to 2019, as long as there was a resolution to the bill.