The Atlantic Coast Conference(ACC) announced Wednesday that they will move all of their championship games out of North Carolina because of HB2. This was a local response, as the ACC headquarters is in Greensboro and 4 of five charter members are from the tar heel, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina State.
The vote to move the championship games by the ACC Council of Presidents was met with support from the league’s NC members who lamented the loss to the community but applauded the reasoning.
“The ACC Council of Presidents made it clear that the core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement Wednesday. “Today’s decision is one of principle, and while this decision is the right one, we recognize there will be individuals and communities that are supportive of our values as well as our championship sites that will be negatively affected. Hopefully, there will be opportunities beyond 2016-17 for North Carolina neutral sites to be awarded championships.”
The championships to be relocated, in order of date, are women’s soccer (Nov. 4-6, from Cary), football (Dec. 3 in Charlotte), men’s and women’s swimming and diving (Feb. 15-18 and Feb. 22-25 in Greensboro), women’s basketball (March 1-5 in Greensboro), men’s and women’s tennis (April 26-30 in Cary), men’s and women’s golf (April 21-23 in New London and Greensboro) and baseball (May 23-28 in Durham). A joint statement from the ACC Council of Presidents said all new locations would be announced at later dates.
Meanwhile, the ‘unintended consequences’ of HB2 are hitting home…..
The RAW STORY reports that state Sen. Tamara Barringer — faced with plunging poll numbers — is now calling for the “full and complete” repeal of the controversial law, a move her Democratic opponent has called politically opportunistic.
Barringer told WRAL that the law — which ordered trans people to use public facilities corresponding to their birth gender rather than their expressed gender and made it illegal to sue cities for employment discrimination — has had “unintended consequences.”
“I did not realize the consequences of this bill, that it would have worldwide consequences, and they just keep piling up,” the lawmaker said. “So, at this point, I’m willing to stand up and say, ‘Let’s put the brakes on it. Let’s get together and find a common solution that we call can live with and move forward.’”
Barringer voted for HB2 along with her Republican colleagues announced her reversal after the NCAA announced they weren’t stopping with the Final Four and moved all championship games from North Carolina.
Barringer’s county will lose 2 million dollars in revenue generated annually by the championship games. Really makes one wonder if Barringer would have called for a repeal if transgender people hadn’t had such amazing support. Actually it doesn’t. She’s a bigot abandoning the hate-ship like so many rats.
UPDate! The Charlotte Observer reports that two more NC Republicans are calling for a special session to repeal #HB2 Full story HERE