NCAA returns events to NC after state rolls back LGBT law

AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The NCAA has awarded men’s basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that limited protections for LGBT people and put it at risk of being passed over as a host for future events.

The governing body announced decisions Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had “reluctantly” agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties.

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It had stripped North Carolina of seven championship events for the past sports season – including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games – and said it could relocate more events if there wasn’t a change in the “bathroom bill.”

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed a compromise bill March 30 while saying it wasn’t a perfect solution.

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