Sunday, October 2, 2016

CIAA will keep basketball tournaments in Charlotte, but move other sports events over HB2

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Chalk up another sports conference moving events out of North Carolina in response to House Bill 2: The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association said Friday that it will relocate eight out of 10 sports championships from the state.

The signature event next year – the 2017 women’s and men’s basketball championship tournaments – will remain in Charlotte, however.

“Relocation would not be in the best interest of the membership and its student-athletes at this time,” the CIAA said in a statement, also citing time constraints and contractual obligations.

The events being moved are men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and women’s tennis.

“The CIAA’s transition, beginning with the relocation of eight championships, is the first step in demonstrating that the conference does not support laws which prevent communities from effectively protecting student-athletes and fans,” the conference said. “The Board will continue its discussion on hosting future championships in North Carolina and whether the tournament will remain after 2017.”


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