NCAA Pulls Championship Events From North Carolina Over ‘Bathroom Bill’

September 13, 2016, 6:22 AM UTC
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CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20: A general view of the court before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Monday that its board of governors decided to move seven championship events scheduled for the 2016-2017 season from North Carolina because of the state’s controversial “bathroom bill.”

The change affects several events, including the March basketball tournament.

Officials cited a state law that prohibits people from using restroom different from the gender assigned at birth.“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,” NCCA President Mark Emmert said in a statement.

See also: Why The NBA Is Pulling Its All-Star Game Out of North Carolina

The NCAA also noted that five states and several cities have banned travel to North Carolina by public employees and representatives of public institutions, which it said may affect student-athletes and campus sports staffers.

The events facing relocation include the 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, the first and second rounds of the 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and the 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship.

The NCAA is not alone in moving a major event from North Carolina—the NBA announced in July that it was moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans.

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