ACC, NCAA reluctantly return to NC

In a statement, the NCAA said on Tuesday that a majority of its board of governors "reluctantly voted to allow consideration" of cities in the state.

In March, the sanctioning body stated that North Carolina legislators would need to repeal HB2 or the state would again lose hosting rights in future tournaments. Those games were instead awarded to Greenville, S.C., costing the state millions in revenue.

Cooper said in a statement that "while more work remains to be done, it's good news that the NCAA will be returning to North Carolina".

The NCAA announced Tuesday that it was ending a boycott that kept college tournaments and playoffs out of North Carolina following the state's repeal of a controversial "bathroom bill" law that discriminated against transgender people.

"As with most compromises, this new law is far from ideal", the group said in a statement.

"The NCAA did not lobby for any specific change in the law".

"Attending that race was so incredibly challenging for me because I was on high alert", Mosier said in the video produced by the Human Rights Campaign, Equality North Carolina and You Can Play. While the new law repeals HB2, it also prohibits local governments from enacting their own laws on the subject until 2020, which the NCAA said " minimally achieved a situation" where championship games could be conducted, despite potentially conflicting with its own bylaws.

A month earlier, the National Basketball Association (NBA) moved their 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans, saying that "the climate created by HB2" would not allow the league to hold the event as originally planned. If we find that our expectations of a discrimination-free environment are not met, we will not hesitate to take necessary action at any time. "It doubles down on the unsafe lie that transgender people are a threat to public safety, and it doesn't leave North Carolina the way it was before HB2", said Sarah Gillooly, Policy Director for the ACLU of North Carolina.

"Prior to the NCAA's decision to go back to North Carolina, there was a question as to what standard the NCAA would expect of championship hosts on LGBT respect and inclusion", Hudson Taylor, founder and executive director of LGBT advocacy group Athlete Ally, told Business Insider. And it looks like the collegiate organization will reward that move by allowing sports events, like the NCAA basketball tournament, to return to the Tar Heel State.

NCAA said it would now require all sites awarded championships to submit additional documentation outlining how student athletes and fans would be protected from discrimination.

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