NCAA 'Reluctantly Votes' To Consider NC For Championships Again

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The NCAA says it will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.
 
In a statement Tuesday, the governing body said its Board of Governors had reviewed moves to repeal repealed the so-called "bathroom bill" and replace it with a compromise law. The NCAA said the new law "meets the minimal NCAA requirements" while expressing some concerns about provisions within it.
 
The statement says a majority of the board "reluctantly voted" to allow for consideration of bids from North Carolina during current deliberations for sites running through 2022.
 
The NCAA pulled seven events from the state in September for the 2016-17 season, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games in March, in response to the law.
 
Charlotte is a host site for the first and second rounds of the 2017-2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament as well as the site of the ACC Football Championship for 2017. Charlotte will keep both events. 

The NCAA released a statement Tuesday morning: 

We are actively determining site selections, and this new law has minimally achieved a situation where we believe NCAA championships may be conducted in a nondiscriminatory environment. If we find that our expectations of a discrimination-free environment are not met, we will not hesitate to take necessary action at any time.

NC Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) issued a joint statement in response to the decision:

“We are pleased with the NCAA’s decision and acknowledgment that our compromise legislation ‘restores the state to… a landscape similar to other jurisdictions presently hosting NCAA championships.’”

Governor Roy Cooper was happy to hear the NCAA's decision:

"Last week’s compromise was an important step forward for our state. While more work remains to be done, it’s good news that the NCAA will be returning to North Carolina. We will continue our work with them to fight for statewide antidiscrimination protections for LGBT North Carolinians."

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