Reaction pours in over NCAA relocating championship events from NC

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The NCAA delivered another major blow to North Carolina in the wake of controversial House Bill 2 Monday.

The NCAA announced it’s pulling all championships over the next academic school year from the state. It’s a setback for colleges across the state, and one ECU’s chancellor is already reacting to.

On Twitter Monday night, Chancellor Cecil Staton posted the following:

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The 7 championships the NCAA is pulling are as follows: women’s golf from Greenville; the first and second rounds of the men’s basketball tournament and Division III soccer from Greensboro; and Division I women’s soccer, Division III men’s and women’s tennis, Division I women’s lacrosse and Division II baseball all from Cary.

“This is so absurd, it’s almost comical,” said Kami Mueller with the N.C. Republican Party.

“It truly seems like the alarm bell keeps ringing and nobody’s doing anything,” said Ben Graumann with Equality N.N.

The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance estimates visitors spent over $4 million in the area when Raleigh hosted March Madness this year.

“I think what we’re seeing with the NBA All-Star game leaving, with losing companies like Pay Pal, and now with losing NCAA tournament games across the state, could be just the tip of the iceberg and the tip of the economic harm that could be coming upon our state soon,” said Chris Sgro, member of N.C. House of Representatives.

Since the law took effect back in March, major moves by these organizations and others have resulted in a loss of millions of dollars for the state’s economy.

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