CIAA to remove 8 championships from NC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it will move eight of its 10 conference championships set for North Carolina — but not its two basketball tournaments — because of a state law that restricts the rights of LGBT people.

In a statement Friday, the country’s oldest African-American sports conference said its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments — two of its marquee events — will remain in Charlotte because “relocation would not be in the best interest” of members and players.

Championships will be moved in men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and women’s tennis.

The league did not cite House Bill 2 by name but said moving those championships shows it opposes laws that prevent communities from protecting players and fans.

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