The Atlantic Coast Conference will once again consider hosting its championships in North Carolina after the state repealed and replaced a controversial bill that many decried as discriminatory to the LGBTQ community.
The ACC has announced that, given the change in North Carolina's HB2 law, the state will be considered to host ACC championships again.
— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) March 31, 2017
HB2, the law in question that’s more commonly known as “the bathroom bill,” was passed last spring and met with immediate pushback that included the ACC moving 10 neutral-site championships to different states.
The NCAA and the NBA, which moved its All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans earlier this season, also vowed to keep as many events as it could out of North Carolina if the original bill stood.
While the NBA has yet to comment on the state’s decision, NCAA President Mark Emmert told reporters Thursday that the organization’s board will now vote on whether to reconsider North Carolina.
The ACC’s Council of Presidents held its vote on Friday, according to the Associated Press, where it came to the conclusion to reconsider North Carolina.
While the repeal comes too late to affect the events that the ACC had already moved, it may save the 2017-18 events already on the schedule. These include the conference’s title game in football, which is slated to take place in Charlotte in December, as well as next year’s women’s basketball tournament, which is scheduled for Greensboro.
The ACC’s men’s basketball tournament, one of the most popular in the nation, will not return to North Carolina next year, however, but remain in Brooklyn, where the conference agreed to a two-year deal. The tournament could return to North Carolina in 2019 and 2020, however, when it’s scheduled to occur in Charlotte and Greensboro, respectively.