North Carolina has already lost the NBA All-Star Game, ACC Football Championship, NCAA Tournament second and third round games and more since the state legislature passed House Bill 2, effectively overriding an anti discrimination ordinance passed by the Charlotte City Council which prohibited discrimination on the basis on sexual orientation or gender identity. And although the economic impact has already reached into the hundreds of millions, it could only be the beginning.
The North Carolina Sports Association’s Executive Director released a letter today informing legislatures that the state is on track to lose consideration for all NCAA events through 2022 if House Bill 2 isn’t repealed in the near future.
North Carolina is on the brink of losing all NCAA Championship events for six consecutive years, through the spring of 2022. This includes the NCAA Basketball Tournament (“March Madness”) in cities like Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte.
The impact of this, in addition the events the State has already loss, is conservatively estimated to be over half a billion dollars. You can read the letter in it’s entirety below.
The All-Star Game, ACC Football Championship and March Madness were a hard enough pill to swallow, but the threat of taking the NCAA Tournament away from a state with such a rich college hoops history would be devastating to fans. So the question is, what can we do to make sure this doesn’t happen? Look up who your state representative is, call the office and tell them you’re for the repeal of HB2 and your vote depends on it.
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2017