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FILE - In this June 24, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks during a candidate forum in Charlotte, N.C. The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. In a news release Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, the NCAA says the decision by its board of governors came "because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections." The law known as HB2 was signed into law by Gov. McCrory earlier this year. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

NCAA to move 7 championships out of North Carolina due to bathroom law


The NCAA announced Monday that it will relocate seven championships, which were previously scheduled to be held in North Carolina, because of the state's controversial transgender bathroom bill.

The state's controversial House Bill 2 prevents cities and counties from passing protections based on sexual orientation. In addition, students in public schools are required to use the restroom that matches the gender on his or her birth certificate. 

"We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships," said Mark Emmert, NCAA president.

The NCAA pointed to four factors which contributed to the decision to relocate.

Emmert said the Association has historically taken steps to ensure the championship environment is consistent with its values. 

The NCAA does not hold championships in states where governments display the Confederate battle flag or  at schools that display "hostile and abusive Native American Imagery." 

Here's a look at the championship events that will be relocated. 

The NCAA's decision comes after the NBA decided to move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the bill. 

Instead, the 2017 All-Star Game will be held in New Orleans

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