The NCAA has reportedly given the state of North Carolina 48 hours to repeal HB2, the bill that prohibits transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond with the gender they choose, or the state will lose NCAA championship events through 2022.
On Tuesday, Scott Dupree, Executive Director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, stated:
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.
The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh) and the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA) issued the following statement:
We are encouraged by the bipartisan efforts underway in the state legislature to find a solution. That being said, we will not endorse any one bill; we simply seek a swift compromise that will allow us to begin to repair the reputation of our region and state and get back to selling and marketing Raleigh as the thriving Southern capital city that it is, one shaped by the passionate minds of its inclusive and welcoming residents. We don't know how the NCAA or other organizations will view specific proposed legislation to repeal and/or replace HB2. Therefore we will not attempt to speak on their behalf or on behalf of any other clients/groups that have expressed concern over holding events in Raleigh and Wake County.
On Monday, AP released an analysis showing North Carolina could lose $3.76 billion over a dozen years because of HB2.