ACC to consider NC as event host again after LGBT law change

“It’s not a flawless deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to fix our reputation”, said Cooper.

It’s unclear how anyone could look at what North Carolina has done with HB2 and say it passes muster in eliminating discrimination.

The ACC announced that it would once again consider North Carolina in a release Friday afternoon.

The stakes are high for North Carolina: The Associated Press calculated that the state made $71.4 million from 28 neutral-site NCAA events in the five academic years ending last spring.

North Carolina Republican lawmakers said late on Wednesday they had reached a deal to repeal the state’s controversial law prohibiting transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities. Cooper, a vocal critic of HB2, signed the bill into law hours later. The NCAA had said that North Carolina would lose championship events through 2022 if the law was not repealed. “They’ve removed some of them now, but not all of them”. Although she voted for the compromise, she said: “there is more to this than about using the bathroom”. Decisions would be made starting this week. “It is. But can we conduct them in a way that’s consistent with our values?” All sites for the next cycle, which runs through the 2021-22 school year, will be announced April 18. Just as with North Carolina lawmakers, the sports organizations were most likely looking for a quiet exit – and this bill provides at least that much.

“This is a significant compromise from all sides on an issue that has been discussed and discussed and discussed in North Carolina for a long period of time”, Berger said. “PayPal, I don’t think, comes back”, he said.

The new bill leaves all gay people vulnerable to unequal treatment until past the next presidential election. But the NCAA, whose constituents are universities with nondiscrimination policies, exerted its power to get the law changed. “If something changes in the state of North Carolina, that would be welcomed”.

Some business leaders, including the state Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America, are praising the deal, but others, including IBM and the McKinney advertising agency, remain doubtful. Asked if HB142 does enough to bring them back, the band’s guitarist Steven Van Zandt tweeted: “There is nothing I would like more”, but he called the repeal “phony”.

Social conservatives prefer keeping HB2 while gay rights groups say only a complete repeal will do. Also boycotting: the ACC, NBA, major entertainers and companies – criticizing HB2 for discriminating against transgender individuals. “North Carolina lawmakers should be ashamed of this backroom deal that continues to play politics with the lives of LGBT North Carolinians”.

Since the ACC basketball tournament started was first held in 1954, North Carolina cities have hosted it 51 of the 64 years. The flag was lowered in 2015, and the ban was lifted. The league pulled eight events from the state.

“Greenville, Columbia, Charleston. Even with none of this HB2 stuff, competition in this part of the country was going to get a lot more hard”, said Scott Dupree, executive director of the Raleigh Sports Alliance.

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