House Bill 2 might cost the state the ability to host all NCAA Championship events for the next six years, according to a letter from the North Carolina Sports Association to the N.C. General Assembly.
“Our contacts at the NCAA tell us that, due to their stance on HB2, all North Carolina bids will be pulled from the review process and removed from consideration,” said Scott Dupree, executive director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, in the letter.
North Carolina cities, colleges and universities have submitted a total of 133 bids for NCAA championship events, which are to be considered by committees in the next several days.
But if the NCAA decides not to award any of these bids for the next six years, the estimated economic impact would be $250 million, according to the letter, which is dated Feb. 6.
Steve Kirschner, senior associate athletic director for communications at UNC, said the decision will have a dramatic effect on collegiate athletics in North Carolina.
"The state of North Carolina has an amazing history in conference and national championships,” he said. “To have that be taken away for up to 2022 potentially –– that would be extremely disappointing."
Kirschner said the decision will prevent teams from enjoying a competitive home-court advantage.
The threat of losing NCAA championships is the most recent economic consequence of HB2 The bill has already caused the loss of some ACC and NCAA championship events and the 2017 NBA All-Star game, and many businesses have expressed their concerns with the bill.
UNC men's basketball head coach Roy Williams has emerged as a critic of HB2. After Sunday's win against Notre Dame, Williams called the bill discriminatory and said it should be repealed.