ACC Follows NCAA's Lead and Pulls All Championship Games from NC Due to HB2
Wednesday, the ACC decided to follow in the footsteps of the NCAA and pull all championship events from North Carolina for the 2016-2017 season. This decision, made solely because of McCrory's discriminatory House Bill 2, will result in a considerable loss of revenue for the state. It also hurts the student athletes, who will no longer be able to compete near local friends and family.
The ACC, which includes major North Carolina universities Duke and UNC announced Wednesday that it would be relocating eight championships, including football, away from the state because of the law, which critics say discriminates against transgender people.
The move by the athletic conference of 15 universities is meant to reaffirm "our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination," the ACC Council of Presidents said in a statement announcing the decision.
"We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-2017 academic year," they added.
In a sports loving community such as North Carolina, the relocation of eight ACC championships reminds North Carolinians of not only the discrimination HB2 is causing, but the significant decrease in revenue.