NCAA Has Officially Lifted Ban On North Carolina Hosting Post-Season Events

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Apr 18, 2017 5:50 PM
NCAA Has Officially Lifted Ban On North Carolina Hosting Post-Season Events

It's official: post-season NCAA play will return to North Carolina.

While the NCAA's board of governors voted that the state had done enough in rolling back a law concerning transgender usage of bathrooms, leaving the potential for games to return, it wasn't until Tuesday that the schedule was actually unveiled.

North Carolina is back in good graces with the NCAA — after the state repealed its controversial HB2 law last month — and will once again host championship events on its own soil.

Greensboro will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 2020, and Raleigh will host the first and second rounds in 2021. (Charlotte remains scheduled to host in 2018, though that was previously determined.)

Though the legislation passed to replace HB2 has been criticized for still failing to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination, NCAA President Mark Emmert signaled that the governing body could consider it changed enough that the governing body could dip its toes back into a state that often hosts championship events in various sports.

Reminder: The NCAA still had no problem with games being played in Cuba.