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First the NBA, then the NCAA, now the ACC: Sports flee North Carolina over bathroom bill


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WATCH  | Sports are a big part of North Carolina's draw, which makes the exits by major sports franchises that much more painful.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) pulled seven championship events from North Carolina over HB2 (known to many as the "bathroom bill"), a law that limits the protections granted to LGBTQ people. 

The NBA moved the 2017 All-Star Game for the same reason. 

And now, the Atlantic Coast Conference  (ACC) has decided that because of HB2, it will relocate its championship games outside of the state to "neutral" locations.

A little extra sting for NC

The sports whose neutral-site championships will be moved include women's soccer, football, men's and women's swimming and diving, women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, and baseball. 

This decision comes with a little bit of extra sting: The ACC was founded in North Carolina in the 1950s. 

'Collective commitment'

A statement from the ACC Council of Presidents read:

"As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination...

"We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year."

People online are freaking out about where the football championship will be hosted. 

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