NCAA Basketball Tournaments To Return To NC After Repeal Of HB2

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The NCAA this week announced tournament sites for the next five years Tuesday, including a number of North Carolina locations.

Now, many towns across the state are optimistic after the NCAA said a majority of the board “reluctantly” agreed to allow consideration of championship bids in North Carolina.

NCAA officials said House Bill 142, a compromise bill to HB2, met “the minimal NCAA requirements.”

The organization pulled championships from the state last year in response to HB2.

LGBT advocates like Equality NC are critical of the organization’s decision.

“We had hoped that the NCAA would stand with the LGBT community. They got pushed by Roy Cooper instead and they succumbed to his political pressure,” said Equality NC’s Chris Sgro.