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NCAA Pulls 7 Championship Games from North Carolina Over HB2

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The college sports organization said that the law, which is widely believed to encourage discrimination against transgender people, goes against “long-standing core values of inclusion” and “student-athlete wellbeing.”

North Carolina suffered more fallout from the state's controversial "bathroom law" this week after the NCAA relocated seven championship games out of the state.

The college sports organization said that HB2, which prevents transgender people from using bathrooms and changing rooms matching their gender identity, did not reflect their values of "fairness and inclusion."

"Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships," said Mark Emmert, NCAA president, in a statement. "We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships."

The NCAA isn't the first major sports organization to shun North Carolina over the law. This summer, the NBA decided to relocate the 2017 All Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans because of the law.

The University of North Carolina, which won minor relief from enforcing HB2 in court, was "surprised and disappointed by the NCAA's decision."

"We regret the impact it will have on North Carolina's student-athletes, coaches, athletic staffs, fans, and the North Carolina communities previously chosen to host these championship events," said UNC President Margaret Spellings. "We remain caught in the middle of a conflict between state law and federal guidance, and we welcome a speedy resolution of these issues by the court."

Even presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reacted to the news on Twitter.

The championship games that will be relocated out of North Carolina include men's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, women's golf, women's lacrosse, and men's baseball.

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