House Bill 2 Continues to Impact NC Sports

House Bill 2 has already caused the National Basketball Association (NBA) to relocate the All Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, to New Orleans, Louisiana. Now, The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will relocate 7 neutral-site conference championship games and tournaments because of the House Bill 2 laws that are perceived as discriminatory to LGBT community.

The ACC will remove the Dr. Pepper ACC Football Conference Championship game from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, to somewhere else. Last year, the game brought in more than $32 million to the local economy, according to Charlotte officials.

“We’re disappointed in the ACC’s decision on relocating the Championship game from Bank of America Stadium but remain steadfast in providing an inclusive environment,” the Carolina Panthers organization, owners of Bank of America Stadium said.

The city of Cary, North Carolina will lose ACC women’s soccer, as well as the men’s and women’s tennis tournaments. Recently, the ACC also decided to move the ACC Baseball Tournament from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP).

The Durham Bulls have done many renovations to the stadium to remodel for the ACC Men’s Baseball Tournament, adding batting cages, renovating clubhouses and improving food choices throughout the park.

Earlier this year, the Albany men’s basketball team cancelled their game against Duke, and Vermont’s women’s basketball team cancelled their game against the University of North Carolina (UNC) women’s Basketball team, both as a direct result of fallout from HB2.

“Sadly, the NCAA, a multi-billion dollar, tax-exempt monopoly, failed to show this respect at the expense of our student athletes and hard working men and women,” North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said.

The bill is estimated to cause North Carolina to lose $5 billion a year in revenue. Researchers estimate that $40 million in business investments, as well as 1,250 jobs, have been lost because of the law, while another $20 million and 550 more jobs are at risk.

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