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2017 NCAA Tournament games pulled from North Carolina over controversial law

The NCAA has followed in the NBA’s path with this ruling.

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The NCAA will relocate seven championships from North Carolina in 2016-17 as a result of the state’s controversial HB2 law, the NCAA Board of Governors announced Tuesday evening. Among the events moved, first and second round NCAA Basketball Tournament games.

The HB2 law, commonly referred to as the “bathroom bill” (Vox provides an explanation of the law right here. was the main factor in moving the events, as NCAA president Mark Emmert stated,

“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."

The NBA also pulled a major event from North Carolina recently, as the league announced in June the 2017 All-Star Game would not be held in Charlotte.

In addition to the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the following six championships will also be moved from North Carolina: Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships, Division I Women’s Golf Championship, Division I Lacrosse Championship, Division II Baseball Championship.

New venues for all the aforementioned events are to be determined.