- The Washington Times - Monday, September 12, 2016

The NCAA announced Monday that it will relocate seven championship events from the state of North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year, according to a statement released by the organization.

The decision made by the NCAA Board of Governors comes after North Carolina lawmakers in March blocked local jurisdictions in the state from extending nondiscrimination protection — including the right to use public bathrooms that do not correspond to birth gender — to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in the statement. “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 events to be moved are:

— 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4

— 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3

— 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19

— 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10

— 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27

— 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28

— 2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3. 

The new locations will be determined at a later date.

According to the release, other championship events that are scheduled to be played on schools’ campuses in the state of North Carolina will be allowed this academic year.

The NBA announced in July that the 2017 All-Star Game would move from Charlotte due to the controversial law.

Earlier this summer, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made an executive order banning publicly funded, non-essential travel to North Carolina.

As a result, the State University of New York system announced an originally scheduled Nov. 12 game involving Albany to be played at Duke as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament would not be played. Marist, which is also in New York but not a part of the SUNY system, later replaced Albany on Duke’s schedule.

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