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NCAA cancels North Carolina championship events over LGBT law

Basketball-crazed North Carolina has lost its next chance to host NCAA men’s basketball tournament games along with several other championship events due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.

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And the fallout may not be over.

After the NCAA announced it is pulling seven championship events from North Carolina for this year, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford — whose league hosts many sporting events in the state, including its football championship game — said the ACC’s council of presidents were set to discuss the law at a previously scheduled meeting later this week.

The ACC football championship game, held in Charlotte since 2010, is the last marquee college sporting event left in the state during the 2016-17 season. While Swofford said it would be “premature” to make any decisions about holding events in North Carolina for now, he also issued a clear statement against the law.

“On a personal note,” Swofford said, “it’s time for this bill to be repealed as it’s counter to basic human rights.”

In a news release Monday, the NCAA says the decision by its board of governors came “because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.”

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