Monday night, the NCAA announced it's the latest entity to move business out of North Carolina due to a discriminatory state law. The law had already cost Charlotte an NBA All-Star Game and earned scorn from a wide range of the sports world (and far beyond the sports world).
The ACC followed on Wednesday, announcing its December conference championship will relocate from Charlotte to an unspecified location; it was previously in Jacksonville and Tampa.
As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-2017 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.
Orlando is prohibitive favorite as new host of ACC title game, sources told @ESPN. They will meet w/ACC officials on Thursday— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2016
The NCAA explained its decision in a release and listed the seven events that will relocate for the 2016-2017 academic year, including parts of four Division I championships. Impacted sports, at one level or another: baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis.
Not listed: football. There are a couple reasons for that.
One is that NCAA-operated football postseasons -- those for Division III, Division II, and Division I FCS -- take place almost entirely on campuses, not at pre-designated locations. The exceptions are their championship games, none of which has ever been in North Carolina.
The other is that the college football postseason most people are familiar with -- the FBS bowl season and College Football Playoff -- has little to do with the NCAA, other than receiving basic authorization. ESPN and the conferences run the Playoff. The bowls are either run by themselves, their associated conferences, or ESPN.
That's why, say, Charlotte's Belk Bowl isn't included in the NCAA's list or the ACC's decision. It's its own thing. I've learned the Belk Bowl isn't planning to comment on the NCAA's decision at this time.
Monday, influential ACC member Duke took a clear stance on the NCAA's choice:
Duke AD Kevin White brought some heat in a statement on the NCAA's decision this evening pic.twitter.com/kvAYigBc3b— Brant Wilkerson-New (@BrantGNR) September 13, 2016
A group of state politicians responded to the NCAA, failing to understand that the NCAA's self-assigned jobs are to (1.) enforce amateurism and (2.) put on non-FBS sports championships. Attempting to police actual crime is neither (1.) nor (2.)
"I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor."— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) September 13, 2016
--The N.C. Republican Party pic.twitter.com/6lADUI4KCF
Previously, an Indiana law received an overhaul amid criticism from the NCAA and many others, and Georgia decided it'd rather have a Super Bowl than a new law allowing discrimination against gay people.