NCAA: NC back in running to host events after law change

Opinion North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill Repeal Is Sham

Justin Miller, the founder and CEO of Raleigh startup WedPics who was among numerous tech executives opposed to House Bill 2, says the repeal signed into law last week doesn't fully erase the problem. They point out that state law makes it a second degree trespassing offense to enter an opposite sex restroom. PayPal canceled plans for a facility that could have brought 400 jobs to the state.

Deutsche Bank, CoStar Group (a real-estate research firm) and other companies nixed plans to add jobs in the state. However, the victory for Charlotte and North Carolina might only be a temporary one.

One instance where North Carolina won't have to worry is with the Atlantic Coast Conference's football championship.

She concluded that she hopes the NBA, NCAA and others continue to keep championship-level events away from the state. "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", Sarah Gillooly, policy director for the ACLU of North Carolina, said in a statement.

The Associated Press estimated the economic impact of HB2 would have "cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years". "Governor Cooper signed the new law that repealed HB2, saying it is a step forward but not the only step".

Armour was also incensed that the NCAA seems to be realizing just how problematic, if not idiotic, its ban on North Carolina is.

Then, a week ago Thursday, the NCAA posted a stark warning on its website.

At this point we aren't convinced that most North Carolinians understand what House Bill 2 did before last week's "reset", or what House Bill 142, the new legislation, actually accomplishes.

As the state knows, next week our various sports committees will begin making championship site selections for 2018-2022 based upon bids received from across the country. Perkins hosts Washington Watch, a radio show for FRC heard nationwide on more than two hundred stations, and the disgraced ex-governor was his guest.

The new law must be seen for what it really is - a thinly veiled attempt to convince the NCAA and others that something has changed.

Incredibly, that's all it took.

In its statement, the NCAA called the new law "far from flawless". Although the new bill drops the rule on transgender bathroom use, it still leaves in place so much of what has already sent both the NCAA and National Basketball Association scurrying.

"(The new law) addressed a number of concerns that led to the relocation of the NCAA championships", the NCAA said.

Opponents of HB2 voiced little support for the repeal.

As it turns out, of course, the battle over HB2 is still not over. But it also continues to prohibit local governments from passing nondiscrimination laws until December 1, 2020, so cities like Charlotte over the next three years still won't be able to pass a new law that bans discrimination against LGBTQ people.

As everyone from Jane Fonda to the president of Human Rights Campaign have said, the repeal is not what the state's LGBT community wanted or deserved.

While all indications are the NCAA and ACC looked favorably upon the compromise, neither NCAA President Mark Emmert nor ACC Commissioner John Swofford was willing to come out and say that Thursday.

Despite this, the NCAA said H.B.

Governor Roy Cooper also released a brief statement Tuesday following the NCAA's announcement.



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