South Carolina could make a bid for a number of sporting events lost by North Carolina because of its anti-trans HB2 law. One of such top sport events is NCAA. A statement from the NCAA said: “Based on the NCAA’s commitment to fairness and inclusion, the Association will relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. The NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.”
Now South Carolina could be making a bid for the events. The university’s athletic director Ray Tanner has said the university is considering whether to make a bid for the NCAA men’s basketball first and second round games. The university has until 27 September to make a bid.
NCAA Tournaments regional have not taken place in South Carolina since 2002, after the organisation banned it because the Confederate flag was flown on Statehouse grounds. “The NCAA Constitution clearly states our values of inclusion and gender equity, along with the membership’s expectation that we as the Board of Governors protect those values for all,” said Susquehanna University President Jay Lemons, vice chair of the Board of Governors and chair of the ad hoc committee on diversity and inclusionб “Our membership comprises many different types of schools – public, private, secular, faith-based – and we believe this action appropriately reflects the collective will of that diverse group. Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”