NCAA to review HB2 repeal, decide next week on North Carolina return

A day after the repeal of House Bill 2, the ACC said Friday that it's ready to play championship games again in North Carolina.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in the United States, previously said North Carolina would not be considered for future championship events unless HB2 was repealed.

According to Politifact North Carolina, HB2 cost the state $450 million to $630 million, and a minimum of 1,400 jobs.

He says the department will try to get back every company that wouldn't locate or expand in North Carolina because of the bill known as HB2.

Republican House Speaker Tim Moore said that he hadn't spoken directly to the NCAA but that he had been told by business leaders who served as intermediaries that the bill should prove acceptable to the NCAA.

In basketball-crazed North Carolina, the withdrawal of NCAA tournament games and the National Basketball Association All-Star game, which had been awarded to Charlotte, reverberated throughout the state.

(AP Photo/Brian Blanco). Rep. Michael Speciale, R- Craven, debates on the floor of the the North Carolina State House prior to a vote on HB 142 on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina lawmakers voted Thursday to roll back North Car.

The deal came after the NCAA warned that North Carolina wouldn't be considered for championship events from 2018 to 2022 unless HB2 was changed. "The path taken by our state's leaders (Thursday) is more consistent with the values and reputation of North Carolina than what you have been reading for the a year ago". Gov. Roy Cooper later signed the bill. The Republican majority accepts defeat on HB2 itself but extends the moratorium on local anti-discrimination laws from the six months originally proposed in December all the way out to 2020.

"Everybody loves being in North Carolina for our games", he said.

The law sparked a backlash from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, but also a swath of boycotts from a number of businesses, organizations and entertainers.

The boycotts are having an impact because North Carolina legislators have worked out a compromise and repealed HB2.

The Senate Rules Committee will vote on the deal Thursday morning.

Movie director Rob Reiner, an activist for equal rights and major supporter of Democratic candidates, urged colleagues to continue avoiding North Carolina, tweeting: "Entertainment leaders: don't fall for this 'deal.' Doesn't repeal #HB2".

"I think that stigma will go away", Webster said. In a few minutes, we'll hear from a transgender rights advocate in North Carolina. Republicans and Democrats alike voted against the bill in the House and Senate. The conference has decisions to make on future sites soon as well and Commissioner John Swofford released a statement similar to Emmert's remarks earlier Thursday.

It seems as though the conference board didn't thoroughly look through this compromise - if you even want to call it that - from beginning to end.

  • Salvatore Jensen