NCAA pulling out of NC could have a $10 million impact on SC


INDIANAPOLIS (WACH) - The NCAA announced Monday evening that all NCAA championships that were set to be played in North Carolina will be moved because of the controversial HB2 bill.

The NCAA Board of Governors voted to remove seven championships that were scheduled to be played in North Carolina for the 2016-17 academic year. Those championships are listed below.

"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," said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a statement.

The board said they arrived at their decision based on several factors including that North Carolina is the only state that has a statewide bathroom ban, the law unfairly treats the LGBT community and that five states and numerous cities across the country have imposed a travel ban to NC.

The North Carolina GOP Party has released this statement, which was obtained by the Charlotte Observer.

With the NCAA leaving North Carolina, South Carolina could benefit.

CEO for Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism Bill Ellen said that the state has already placed bids for NCAA championship events in 2019 and with Monday's news they will be looking to add some of the events pulled from NC.

"We'll be exploring opportunities to relocate NCAA to the Columbia region," noted Ellen.

Ellen said based on projections, if South Carolina got the NCAA Men's First and Second Round basketball games that were planned for Greensboro, the state would make $10 million.

South Carolina recently had a NCAA ban lifted that barred them from hosting NCAA Championships because of the confederate flag that flew at State House grounds.

"The circumstance is very similar to what South Carolina experienced with the confederate flag for 15 years, but now that's been resolved; South Carolina is open for business for the NCAA." said Ellen.

The HB2 bill, which requires a person to use a public restroom based on their birth sex, has been met with criticism since it became law early in 2016.

Numerous musical acts including Bruce Springsteen and Maroon 5 have cancelled concerts in the state and the NBA pulled the 2017 NBA All-Star game from Charlotte.

There is no word at this time if the Palmetto State will host any of the events, but NCAA officials say a decision could be made as soon as mid-October.

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