RALEIGH (March 14, 2017) – No state has more teams in the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament than North Carolina. We have five – UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, Wake Forest, NC Central and UNC Wilmington.1
But thanks to HB2, those teams’ fans won’t be able to watch them play in North Carolina.
That means not only will fans have to travel farther – their dollars won’t be spent in North Carolina either.
North Carolina has hosted 251 men’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament games since 1951 – the most of any state, according to the NCAA.2
But the NCAA pulled tournament games from North Carolina this year because of legislation it deemed discriminatory, and it’s on the brink of removing tournament games from the state through 2022 as well.3
Scott Dupree of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the NC Sports Association warned state legislators more than a month ago that we will soon face “a six-year drought of NCAA championships in North Carolina.”
“In a matter of days, our state’s sports tourism industry will experience crushing, long-term losses and will essentially close its doors to NCAA business. Our window to act is closing rapidly,” Dupree wrote.4
It’s time to get rid of HB2.