The Latest on the NCAA’s decision to pull some championship events from North Carolina because of state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people (all times local):
NCAA President Mark Emmert says whether the Atlantic Coast Conference decides to follow the association’s lead and pull events out of North Carolina because of a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people is completely up to the league and its members.
The ACC championship football game is schedule to be held in Charlotte on Dec. 3.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford issued a strong statement Monday night against the law known as HB2. He said he expects the conference’s presidents and chancellors to consider relocating the game.
The law requires transgender people to use restrooms at schools and government buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, supports the NCAA’s decision to pull events from North Carolina.
She tweeted: “The @NCAA is right to pull tournament games from North Carolina because of the anti-LGBT HB2 law. Discrimination has no place in America. -H”
NCAA President Mark Emmert tells The Associated Press the financial impact on the association for moving championship events and tournaments out of North Carolina on short notice has yet to be determined.
“It’ll cost some money and, of course, North Carolina is a great venue and always has a lot of fans,” Emmert told The Associated Press in an interview. “There will be some financial impact for the association, but the board is well aware of that and they recognize the issue was more important than the finances.”
Emmert said no new sites for the seven pulled events have been identified yet, and he has not set a deadline on replacements venues being picked. But he said his staff is working aggressively to relocate events.