NCAA mulling new North Carolina law

Posted April 01, 2017

Roy Cooper has signed into law a measure that rolls back the state's "bathroom bill".

Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people said the new version would allow discrimination to continue.

"The recently passed legislation allows the opportunity to reopen the discussion with the ACC Council of Presidents regarding neutral site conference championships being held in the state of North Carolina", Swofford said in a statement.

The NCAA will issue a decision on whether it will lift its boycott by early next week, reportedly.

I don't know that we should presuppose what a state is going to do.

"This discussion will take place in the near future, and following any decisions by the ACC Council of Presidents, announcements will be forthcoming".

"Losing the prestige of the tournaments was weighing on people's minds across the state", said Todd McFall, an associate teaching professor of economics at Wake Forest University.

FILE- In this December 15, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper holds a press conference in Raleigh, N.C. The Associated Press has determined that North Carolina's law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3 billion in lost business over a dozen years.

"I'm personally very pleased that they have a bill to debate and discuss", Emmert said.

A lot is at stake. Greensboro is bidding on the next four years of men's and women's basketball games (2019-2022), and four years of swimming and diving championships in various divisions.

Just hours after the deal was announced Wednesday night, a dozen gay rights activists gathered outside the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, where Gov. Roy Cooper hosted Democrats, urging them to support the plan. Donald Trump won North Carolina comfortably. We hang our hat on being Tournament Town.

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For a year, HB 2 has been that obstacle.

In September, the ACC pulled 10 neutral-site championships for the 2016-17 season due to the law, including moving the football championship game from Charlotte to Orlando.

The compromise bill became law in large part because of a Thursday deadline set by the NCAA for the state to be eligible to host championships over the next five years. This compromise that pleases hardly anyone is an airball, and should be labeled as such by a passionate crowd that just saw a awful misfire in a packed arena.

Walden said the overall impact on the state's economy was relatively small, although certain sectors bore an outsized portion of the impact.

"What we are doing. stains the dignity of this body", Jones said.

"One would assume that the North Carolina leaders would have spoken to the NCAA and worked out what they needed to do to get the NCAA to rescind their ban", he said. "Companies that I have talked to, companies that I have recruited, who were hesitant or refusing to bring businesses to our state before the passage of today's bill now are telling me: We are coming".

"I am torn apart, because I want to support my governor", she said in a House debate.

North Carolina's struggle over HB2 offered an unexpected opportunity for neighboring SC, where recent college basketball tournament games that would have been played in Greensboro and Raleigh went across the state line.

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"If H.B. 2 was right to begin with, which I believe it was, then why are we repealing it?" He said that process could take several days or more.

Alabama Republican state Senator Phil Williams said North Carolina's action would not affect similar restrictions he proposed for his state. "To have this black mark against our name and carry it around for so long, it's been demeaning".