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Sept. 13, 2016 — The reality deepens

Last March, the state of North Carolina passed a law, known as HB2, which requires that individuals in public buildings use bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates, rather than using whichever facility matches their gender identity.

Since then, there has been condemnation coming from not only activists, but from organizations that book events in North Carolina. The NBA moved its All-Star Game to New Orleans in response. State universities cancelled road games involving North Carolina teams. Rock stars cancelled concerts.

Yesterday, the hammer came down hard from the NCAA.

The national governing body for collegiate sports has pulled seven championship events from the state, including this fall’s Women’s College Cup and next spring’s Division I women’s lacrosse Final Four, both of which were scheduled to be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

There were also announced cancellations of subregional events in golf and men’s basketball. This raises an immediate question: will the NCAA ban prevent North Carolina schools from having home NCAA tournament games in any sport?

This could have an outsized impact on the schools in the state’s borders. The University of North Carolina, for example, currently holds championships in men’s and women’s lacrosse. Pfeiffer is the current Division II men’s soccer titlist. Queens University of Charlotte holds both the men’s and women’s Division II swimming championships. How difficult will it be for these particular schools, amongst others, to win their way into their national championship events if they don’t have home games?

One can remember what happened with Princeton University in 2012, when it was obligated to play its Division I field hockey play-in game at Lafayette because the state of New Jersey legalized sports gambling. Despite that adversity, the Tigers managed to win the NCAA title that year.

Somehow, this particular ban feels a lot different.


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  Roy wrote @

use the FAMILY bathroom!!!!
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