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The NCAA Board of Governors adopted a new requirement for cities that want to bid on future NCAA events.
In a new ruling announced Wednesday, the board effectively said cities with anti-LGBT and other discriminatory laws would be prohibited from hosting or bidding on events in all sports and divisions of the NCAA.
Host sites will have to “demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event,” according to the NCAA site .
The action comes on the heels of recent rulings in states like North Carolina and Mississippi that allow residents to be refused services based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
“While proponents of the laws focus on how they protect religious beliefs, critics have voiced concerns that they create an environment of sanctioned discrimination,” the NCAA said.
“We need to make sure our student athletes are competing in venues and competing in states that have an inclusive environment for all of our student athletes, our fans and our coaches,” said Kirk Schulz, chair of the NCAA Board of Governors and president of Kansas State University. “It’s important for us to weigh in on these important issues and make sure that regardless of if our student’s a Division One, Division Two or Division Three athlete, that their championship experience is among the best.”
Watch Schulz’ statement in the video below.
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