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NCAA Names Sites for Championships Moved Because of North Carolina Law

The NCAA picked new sites for seven championship events relocated from North Carolina over a state law that curbed anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

An official waits for play to resume during the game between the Butler Bulldogs and the Virginia Cavaliers during the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 19, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina.Grant Halverson / Getty Images, file

The N.C.A.A. picked new sites Friday for seven championship events, including early-round games of the Division I men’s basketball tournament next March, relocated from North Carolina over a state law that curbed anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The first- and second-round basketball games, scheduled for March 17 and 19, were moved to Greenville, S.C., from Greensboro, N.C. Greenville last hosted the tournament in 2002 — the final N.C.A.A. event held in the state after the organization banned the awarding of neutral-site tournaments to the state for flying the Confederate flag on statehouse grounds. That ban ended in July 2015 when the state took down the flag after nine parishioners were killed at a Charleston church.

The N.C.A.A. also announced locations for six other events, including the Division I women’s soccer championship (San Jose, Calif.), the Division I women’s golf regional championships (Athens, Ga.) and the Division I women’s lacrosse championship (Boston).

The N.C.A.A. announced last month that it would move the games out of North Carolina because of a state law that nullified local government ordinances establishing anti-discrimination protections. The law gained widespread attention for its stipulation requiring people in publicly owned buildings to use restrooms that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificate.

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