The NCAA has put a clock on North Carolina.
The state now has 48 hours to amend House Bill 2, HB2, or they will lose NCAA events through 2022.
In a statement obtained by CBS WNCN, the executive director of the Greater Raleigh Sports alliance, Scott Dupree, said NCAA officials had informed him of the tight 48-hour deadline.
“I have confirmed with a contact very close to the NCAA that its deadline for HB2 is 48 hours from now. If HB2 has not been resolved by that time, the NCAA will have no choice but to move forward without the North Carolina bids. The NCAA has already delayed the bid review process once and has waited as long as it possibly can, and now it must finalize all championship site selections through spring of 2022.”
Visit Raleigh’s president and CEO Dennis Edwards and Dupree also released a joint statement saying, “We are encouraged by the bipartisan efforts underway in the state legislature to find a solution.” However, they will not support “any one bill.” They go on to say, “…we simply seek a swift compromise that will allow us to begin to repair the reputation of our region and state…”
So far, eight NCAA championship tournaments have been removed from North Carolina because of HB2. If the state does not change the bill, this could be a very costly mistake.