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The ACC Championship joins NBA and NCAA events in leaving North Carolina

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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.

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:

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.)

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.