There’s been another financial blow to North Carolina as the NCAA has withdrawn all championship events from the state for the 2016-17 academic year because of the passing of HB2 laws targeting our LGBT community. The decision affects 7 NCAA championship events including the first & second rounds of the Division I men’s basketball tournament & the women’s soccer College Cup. Mark Emmert NCAA President stated, “Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships. We believe in providing a safe & respectful environment at our events & are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans & everyone taking part in our championships.” G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Chair of the NCAA Board of Governors added, “The Board of Governors must advance college sports through policies that resolve core issues affecting student-athletes & administrators. This decision is consistent with the NCAA’s long-standing core values of inclusion, student-athlete well-being & creating a culture of fairness.” A spokesman for North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper concluded, “It seems that almost every day, we learn of a new consequence of HB2. Now, our ability to host these events at the highest level has been eliminated because of Governor McCrory & HB2. Enough ― we need to repeal this law & get our state back on track". Time to elect another Governor.
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