North Carolina set to lose all NCAA bids for 5 years over HB2
North Carolina is no stranger to running foul with the nation’s largest college athletic organization because of its anti-trans law HB2, and while they lost bids this year because of the law, legislators have been told the state will lose many many more if the bathroom law stays in place.
A letter written by Scott Dupree, Executive Director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and member of the North Carolina Sports Association and posted to twitter, says all 133 bids for events between 2018-2022 to host events in the Tar Heel state have been denied until HB2 has been repealed. He said this information was passed to him from “contacts at the NCAA” and it would include March Madness events and more.
According to Dupree, this represents at least $250 million in revenue for the state, though he calls that a conservative estimate.
“The Atlantic Coast conference and many other sports organizations will surely follow,” he wrote. “When compounding the effect… plus the NBA All-Star Game, we believe North Carolina could lose upwards of half-billion dollars in economic impact”
Dupree said the letter wasn’t meant to be a political tool, but rather an “objected and fact-based” observation as to avoid “devastating” fallout from keeping the law in place.
“No state loves its college sports more than North Carolina. It’s part of our culture, our fabric, our history,” he said. “But sadly, at this moment, the NCAA championships that our citizens love so much are in jeopardy… once they go away, there is no guarantee when, or if, they will return”
HB2, which was passed in a rushed session last year, limits people’s bathroom use to match their birth certificate, not their gender identity. It also denies localities from adding protections for LGBTQs in municipal employment.
The multi-state real estate consulting firm CoStar pulled out of a deal to open a new office in NC last year but instead move the operation and its 750 jobs because of HB2.
While North Carolina went for Trump in the 2016 election, incumbent Governor and HB2 defender Pat McCrory lost his seat to democrat Roy Cooper, a move seen as a state-wide vote against HB2. But early attempts to address the law as Cooper took office have sputtered leaving the controversial measure in place.
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) February 6, 2017
“Moderate” GOP Gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie thinks Virginia needs an HB2-style bathroom bill
The Amherst County GOP Dinner this past weekend played host to the state’s three GOP gubernatorial candidates and while scientifically inaccurate answers could be expected from the two trailing candidates, the leading “moderate,” Ed Gillespie, shared a similarly base-less scare tactic against the trans community. “This isn’t about bathrooms alone,” Gillespie (top image) said in [...]April 3, 2017
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