NCAA Ends North Carolina Boycott
Harry Howard Jr. | Sports Editor
North Carolina lawmakers repealed the state’s House Bill 2 after receiving a deadline from the NCAA. The NCAA had already pulled championship events from the states this year and if not for the repeal, NCAA Championships would not have returned to North Carolina until 2022.
“I’m glad they reconsidered,” ODU women’s basketball coach Karen Barefoot said.
Pulled events included the ACC Football Championship game and first and second-round games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. An AP study found that the bill could have cost the state close to $4 billion over 12 years if events stayed away.
“They minimally achieved a situation where we believe N.C.A.A. championships may be conducted in a nondiscriminatory environment,” the NCAA said.
The new bill repeals the year-old House Bill 2 which required that people at government-run facilities must use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificate. Under the new bill retains some of the old by leaving the bathroom regulation in control of the legislature.
“For over a year now, House Bill 2 has been a dark cloud hanging over our great state. It has stained our reputation. It has discriminated against our people and it has caused great economic harm in many of our communities,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Copper said.
Gov. Cooper came through with his campaign promise to repeal the law but it still may not be enough.
“It’s not a perfect deal and it is not my preferred solution.” Gov. Cooper said.
The new law is under scrutiny from LGBTQ groups because it still allows for discrimination against transgender people. But it does eliminate rules about who can use which restrooms. LGBTQ groups have called the new bill “HB2.0” and factored in that the money the state lost from NCAA events influenced the appeal.
“If we could have props in here, I would take a basketball covered in money and roll it down the middle aisle there, because that’s what this is about, money and basketball,” GOP Rep. Carl Ford said before voting on the repeal.