North Carolina law could make NCAA turn away

HOUSTON (AP) – NCAA President Mark Emmert says he has spoken to North Carolina’s governor about the state’s new religious exemption law and made clear if it remains in place, it will affect the state’s chances to host major college athletic events.

For the second straight year, Emmert faced questions at his Final Four news conference about a state law critics say allows discrimination against gays, lesbians and others. And for the second straight year, Emmert said the association is prepared to refrain from doing business in places that create hostile environments for student-athletes, coaches and fans.

Emmert said the NCAA is still taking a reactive approach and not lobbying against similar laws being considered in several states. But South Carolina President Harris Pastides says the NCAA could become more proactive.

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