NCAA Takes Stance on North Carolina Bathroom Law — No ‘March Madness’ in States That Discriminate

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US Airways Center, 2008 NCAA West Regional

NEW YORK — The NCAA just took a major stance against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law.

The organization announced a new rule that will require any city that wants to host NCAA events like the Final Four to “provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination.”

The requirement was passed on Wednesday during the NCAA’s Board of Governors meeting in Indianapolis.

It will apply to all NCAA events — from men’s and women’s sports tournaments to educational events. It applies to future events that are already scheduled and to cities that want to bid on events.

Host cities must prove they can insure the “dignity of everyone involved in the event.”

The NCAA said in a statement that the new rule comes after the passage of laws that are seen as discriminatory.

North Carolina passed a law in March that prevents cities in the state from enacting non-discrimination policies based on gender identity. (The law came about after Charlotte passed just such an ordinance.) It also requires people to use the public restroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.

In 2017 and 2018, Greensboro and Charlotte, North Carolina are scheduled to host first- and second-round men’s basketball tournament games.

The NCAA also said it has a history of using “the opportunity to host its events” as a way to “make clear its values.”

NCAA championships also cannot be held in cities that fly the Confederate flag or at schools with nicknames or mascots offensive to Native Americans.

The president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, said “the NCAA has sent a very clear message.”


  • Lee

    This is truly the war on women and girls! By allowing men and boys to use the women’s restrooms and locker rooms they are putting women and girls in great danger. But they don’t seem to have any concern for the women and girls feelings and concerns1

    • Chris

      really? because there are so many obstacles in place right now that prevent a man from entering a womens restroom and violating them now, what makes you think that this is going happen? I mean seriously if someone wanted to do that they would already be doing it, and passing a law isnt going to do anything to keep you safe, we have laws against drugs, people still get drugs. More republicans have been found guilty of misconduct in restrooms that transgender people, perhaps instead of keeping transgendered people out of public restrooms we should just pass a law keeping republicans out of public restrooms?

  • Jaime

    The NCAA is NOT the Supreme Court or responsible for re-engineering our society. I am sure the libs will challenge the bathroom laws in court. At this time, there is no legal decision, that I know of that these laws are discriminatory. Let the courts do their jobs and focus on the numerous real NCAA problems.

    • Chris

      the NCAA can make any decision it wants based on its own principals, if it doesnt like something then they wont hold events there. it has nothing to do with being the supreme court, it has to do with holding the purse strings, you can not like the choice all you want, but the fact of the matter is you arent the NCAA and you dont get to choose where they hold events.

  • Joe

    So they can discriminate against Christians all day though, right? What about OUR rights? Liberals are great as long as you agree with them!

  • typical american dope

    It’s over. The moron’s and idiots have won. America was a great country while it lasted but the inmates are now running the asylum.

    • Jaime

      Couldn’t one possibility be to just provide “genderless” facilities for those who are unsure of their gender that day? It would also provide a measure of protection as well. I am pretty sure if I took my granddaughter to an NCAA sanctioned event, I would walk with her to he ladies room and wait outside. If I saw someone who appeared to be, obviously and physically a male, walk into the same ladies room because they woke up that day and decided they were going to be a female, well, we would definitely have to have a come to Jesus meeting right there.

      • jimbrony

        The whole problem here is even the thought that people are ‘unsure of their gender’. If you were born with male plumbing, you ‘re a man. If you don’t have gentleman vegetables and wedding tackle, you’re a woman. Everything else outside of that is either mental illness or an unfortunate birth defect. There are effeminate men and masculine women, but they are still men and women. Enough with the insane PC BS already..

  • jimbrony

    Ah yes, the NCAA – that bastion of morality. Please look the other way while our players are rapists, drug dealers, money launderers, and even murderers. But Heaven forbid that people have to use the bathroom designated towards their biological assignment. Stand your ground, NC – lots are standing with you.

      • Jaime

        Isn’t your comment just as sweepingly generalizing?? I believe what JIMBRONY is getting at is: “People in glass houses…” and that the NCAA has a lot of its own housecleaning to do before worrying about something that has not yet been adjudicated as discriminatory. I am pretty sure that there are some smart folks in NC. If the Courts say those laws are discriminatory, they will exercise due diligence and consider rewriting them.

      • jimbrony

        You mean like the NCAA, companies, and entertainers have done against the good people of NC? Yep, let’s penalize the entire population of a state and neighboring states because they don’t agree with a law that was passed by politicians and not voted on by the majority of the public. I stand with NC for having the fortitude to do the right thing.

  • shar

    I still dont get the confederacy flag issue, growing up learning about the history of this nation in school the Flag was never seen to us as a racism or derogatory issue, I feel it is part of our history and I disagree with the NCAA ruling about such.

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