Two days after the NCAA announced that it would move seven championship events out of North Carolina over the state’s House Bill 2 law, which restrict rights for gay and transgender people, the ACC is following suit.
The ACC announced Wednesday that it is moving all neutral-site conference championship games out of North Carolina.
The ACC council of presidents said in a released statement that it “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,” the statement said. “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 2016-17 academic year.”
The neutral-site championship events removed from the state were football, baseball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s golf, men’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men and women’s tennis.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a released statement that the ACC’s “decision is one of principle, and while this decision is the right one, we recognize there will be individuals and communities that are supportive of our values as well as our championship sites that will be negatively affected.”
“Hopefully, there will be opportunities beyond 2016-17 for North Carolina neutral sites to be awarded championships,” Swofford said.
The removal of these championship events from North Carolina is predicted to have a huge economic impact. The football championship game, according to Charlotte Sports Foundation, brings in at least $30 million in revenue to the state.
North Carolina has lost multiple sporting events, several major businesses have opted not to be based in the state and big-time musical acts are boycotting from performing in the state. If North Carolina elected official don’t get their act together and repeal this law the state will continue to lose millions of dollars in potential revenue.