NCAA Pulls 7 Championships Out of North Carolina Over ‘Bathroom Bill’

The NCAA has announced it will move 7 of its major championship events out of the state of North Carolina in response to the controversial ‘bathroom bill’ that some criticize as discriminatory.

The NCAA released a statement announcing the moves on Monday. Per that statement:

Based on the NCAA’s commitment to fairness and inclusion, the Association will relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. The NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.

The following events have been moved for the coming school year:

No swim meets will be affected, but if the NCAA continues to avoid the state of North Carolina then we won’t see a return of NCAA swimming to Greensboro, NC, which hosted the 2015 women’s NCAA Championships.

The decision seems mostly based around the law HB2, which was signed into law earlier this year. The law deals with gender identity, and garnered national media attention as “the bathroom bill,” as it requires transgender people to use restrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates in government buildings. On a broader scale, the law defines “biological sex” as “the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.” That changes the scope of the state’s anti-discrimination law, which now protects from discrimination based on “biological sex” but does not mention transgender people.

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USMS fan
5 years ago

NCAA needs to stay out of politics. If you are hanging, you go in the men’s; not hanging, you go in the women’s. It’s not difficult. All restrooms have stalls so really no one needs to know your “gender”. And don’t argue about taking showers since swimmers never take showers at the pool. Now many folks are going to be impacted financially plus the schools’ pride of hosting a championship is gone.

dmswim
Reply to  USMS fan
5 years ago

First off, your “hanging/not hanging” distinction will result in people who present at men but are “not hanging” using the women’s restroom and people who present as women but are “hanging” using the men’s restroom. This leads to people freaking out because someone appears to be in the wrong restroom, with the only way to resolve the confusion being to expose themselves to prove they are in the right place. To me, it just makes more sense for people to use what they feel comfortable using. As you state, bathrooms have stalls so this shouldn’t be a problem.
I don’t know what kind of swim meets you’ve been to, but at all of the ones I have attended, the… Read more »

USMS fan
Reply to  dmswim
5 years ago

All NCAA Championships have a local host school even if the championships aren’t being held on their campus. I do assume (perhaps incorrectly) that the host schools receive a stipend for providing trainers and other student helpers. The sports management majors, the sports medicine majors, the communication and tourist majors will all lose valuable experience by losing the championships.

RWRowe
Reply to  dmswim
5 years ago

The NC HB2 law also states that a person who has had the sex change operation and had the birth certificate changed can use desired restroom. The problem without this law is that the City of Charlotte declared all public bathrooms open to anyone. This created an opportunity for perverts to enter restrooms of opposite sex to do harm which has gone on record for happening. The NC HB2 law also states that only public bathrooms fall under the law. Any business can determine any rules it wants for its own bathrooms. The Time Warner Cable Arena which lost the NBA All-Star game did not fall under the law because it is partially privately owned by the big sponsor TWC.… Read more »

Donald P. Spellman
Reply to  USMS fan
5 years ago

Maybe the politicians of North Carolina will wise up and stop acting like ignorant / backward redneck morons when they see all the money leaving their state too?

It was an ill-informed law put into place by people with no sense of empathy or respect for psychology (or science for that matter).

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  Donald P. Spellman
5 years ago

Yeah, let’s make 99.9% of the population uncomfortable because some dude thinks he’s a lady now.

50free
Reply to  USMS fan
5 years ago

I agree using the right bathroom shouldn’t be this difficult

Dan
Reply to  PsychoDad
5 years ago

This is awful and something should be done. From the story I don’t understand who the transgender person his, the guy, the girl or both?

BarryA
Reply to  USMS fan
5 years ago

NCAA can’t really avoid politics. It’s political to leave NC and it would be political to stay in NC. What they are doing is protecting student-athletes from expected discrimination and violations of civil rights. HB2 literally does not protect anyone, it serves no legitimate government interest, and serves only to allow bigots to discriminate.

Donald P. Spellman
Reply to  BarryA
5 years ago

Amen.

ct swim fan
5 years ago

The big fuss was about the bathrooms, but the bill eliminated any local government discrimination laws already on the books.
Just an awful piece of legislation.http://www.ncjustice.org/?q=18-questions-18-answers-real-facts-behind-house-bill-2

Howdydoody
5 years ago

We are on our way to eliminating men’s and women’s sports because people now think there is no such thing as gender. Then, people will get upset about discrimination against women who can’t compete with men and we will be back here where we started

Nathan Smith
Reply to  Howdydoody
5 years ago

Oh yes, the slippery slope, known throughout academia as a valid point that will win any argument. Glad that you cleared up why the NCAA is wrong and leading us all to destruction. Wrap it up everyone, not legislating bathrooms will lead to the destruction of all social norms. Nothing to do here.

Michael Andrew Wilson
5 years ago

I like the NCAA’s decision here. That being said, for them to claim that they have a “commitment to fairness” is laughable – can’t collect Pro Swim Series prize money, Mark Emmert wants to take away Operation Gold awards, football and basketball players aren’t paid… come on bruh if you’re gonna commit to fairness then actually commit to fairness

Is it?
Reply to  Michael Andrew Wilson
5 years ago

Is this Josh Prenot?

Donald P. Spellman
Reply to  Michael Andrew Wilson
5 years ago

The economic policies of the NCAA should be attacked. Athletes as talented as Jeremy Bloom and Joseph Schooling should be allowed to keep prize money to offset training costs.
Bloom, a world class skier who also played college football, was even denied making money in freestyle skiing while also playing college football (two completely different sports)! The behavior, reach, and tactics of the NCAA in that matter where completely ridiculous!

G.I.N.A
5 years ago

So guys this is not good . EVERYONE loves going to the regions that do BBQ .

Everybody loves California food but can’t eat it there because of the lenient rape sentencing .

Tex Mex is out .

What can we eat , where can we go ?

Donald P. Spellman
Reply to  G.I.N.A
5 years ago

I’ll order the red herring!

Steven
5 years ago

Then why have women and men sports? Title 9 is all the NCAA should have to worry about! Lets create a 3rd class of athletes.

Mission Bay Alum
5 years ago

Man goes into a women’s bathroom after my wife or daughter, there will be trouble. Our country has gone psychotic. No longer any basis for women’s sports now.

Donald P. Spellman
Reply to  Mission Bay Alum
5 years ago

Congrats. Your statement is deplorable, reactionary, and has made all of us that read it less educated. Almost on par with something as dumb as the Governor of NC or Trump might say!

Billabong
Reply to  Donald P. Spellman
5 years ago

Bring back Dubbya. He made everything so simple. “Wanted, Dead or Alive” was one of my favourites, which was almost as good as “Smoke him out!”

Donald P. Spellman
Reply to  Billabong
5 years ago

The he made our military invade the wrong country based on false information.
Good one!

Donald P. Spellman
Reply to  Donald P. Spellman
5 years ago

“Then”

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Donald P. Spellman
5 years ago

After a massive hate campaign against al Iraquis that Americans joined in with enthusiasm . Hence Abu Ghraib . I have a hard ti e thinking non propaganda -ed Americans would do that . Those ugly fat men & stupid xwarf sized girls given power over humans .Disgusting .

Brazilian Lawyer
Reply to  Donald P. Spellman
5 years ago

No, it’s logical, based on science, morality, decency, and facts Men and men and women are women, and girls have the right to use the bathroom, change, and not have perverted mentally ill men (or worse) coming in after them pretending they’re women. Mental illness needs to be treated, and while we can have compassion for men who are so ill they believe they are women, we still need to protect our women and girls from them. There need to be safe spaces for women and girls to dress and shower and use the facilities, and there need to be women’s sports. The psychosis that is transgenderism is threatening both.

DutchWomen
5 years ago

Anyone who supports men using the women’s restroom is either A. Not married or B. Does not have kids. Dads in the crowd…Imagine a transgender male going in after your 5 year old daughter – you are insane if you think this is a good thing for society as a whole.

Let me be more clear –

Any American male, especially fathers with daughters, who think this type of garbage is good for society, and who supports transgender men using women’s restrooms, should be embarrassed to have the last name their grandfather gave them.

American males who support this nonsense are spineless.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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