ACC Moves Some Championships Out of North Carolina

The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving all of its championship games scheduled to be played at neutral locations out of North Carolina.

In a news release on Wednesday the ACC said that the state’s House Bill 2, which requires that people use public bathrooms that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificates, contradicts its values of nondiscrimination. The legislation was enacted into law in March.

The ACC, which is based in Greensboro, N.C., released its decision two days after the National Collegiate Athletic Association made a similar announcement.

Championship games for baseball, football, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s tennis, originally scheduled to be played at neutral sites in North Carolina, will be relocated out of state, the conference said. Championship games scheduled to be played on campuses in North Carolina will remain as planned.

“Today’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,” John Swofford, the ACC’s commissioner, said in a written statement.

Correction (9/14/2016, 9:41 p.m.): This post originally misstated which championship games would be moved out of North Carolina. Those scheduled to be played at neutral sites will be relocated out of state. Those scheduled for campuses will be played as planned. The post has been updated to reflect this correction.

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