Move stems from hugely controversial LGBT law, which includes relocating the East First and Second Round NCAA Tournament games that would have taken place March 17 and 19, 2017 in the Greensboro Coliseum
The news was first reported by ESPN at around 7:15 p.m. Eastern time on Monday evening. In a press release, the NCAA’s Board of Governors stated that this decision came about:
“because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections. This decision is consistent with the NCAA’s long-standing core values of inclusion, student-athlete well-being and creating a culture of fairness.”
Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Chair of the Board of Governors
The law simply known as HB2, according to the Associated Press requires all transgender people to use restrooms in schools and government buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. The law also excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from any local and statewide anti-discrimination protections.
Also relocating championships in other sports include the following:
— the Division I women’s soccer championship scheduled for Dec. 2 and 4 in Cary, just outside the capital city of Raleigh;
— the Division III men’s and women’s soccer championships set for Dec. 2 and 3 in Greensboro;
— the Division I women’s golf regional championships set for May 8-10 in Greenville;
— the Division III men’s and women’s tennis championships set for May 22-27 in Cary;
— the Division I women’s lacrosse championship set for May 26 and 28 in Cary;
— the Division II baseball championship from May 27 to June 3 in Cary.
Also in the press release, the NCAA pointed out five other states: Connecticut, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington — and several cities in those states prohibit travel by all public employees and representatives of public institutions to the state of North Carolina. Those representatives that are also barred to travel to the Tar Heel state extends to athletes, cheerleaders, coaches and athletic administrators.
As far as which city will become the host state, NCAA President Mark Emmert originally mentioned on Monday night that a decision will not be made until early 2017. (Small Update, as of Tuesday 9/13–the NCAA set a deadline for venues to submit their applications on Wednesday, September 27 and a replacement city will be named no earlier than Friday, October 7.) This way, according to the Associated Press: it will give each location adequate time for the governing body to review all responses to questionnaires which are required of prospective site hosts on how they can comply with the NCAA’s anti-discrimination measures.
If I had to place a guess on where the East First and Second Round venue could be to replace Greensboro, you can throw around familiar cities such as Providence, Boston, and maybe Miami since Brooklyn will be hosting the ACC conference post-season tournament for the next two years. The Big Ten will also join in on the fun come early March 2018.
Even with the ACC football championship game threatening to move out of Charlotte this coming December, I surely hope and wish that the law somehow, somehow gets repealed.
Please keep in mind, this is not like the huge backlash that played out for all of the world to see in black and white when during the 1960’s in the American South, there were separate washrooms for white people and separate facilities for blacks.
Most older high school facilities have washrooms separated by a wall–so one might think it would be best to have the men take care of their business on one side and the women doll themselves up and get their cheerleader skirts buttoned up and their shirts zipped properly from the back on the other side of the wall.
Again folks, life is not that simple anymore and is very unfortunate that so many thousands of athletes, cheerleaders, staff, faculty, and alumni will be forced to take airplanes and rental cars instead of hopping in their home vehicles or their local bus depots just to take them from Durham, Chapel Hill, or Raleigh en route to Greensboro.