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NCAA Lifts Ban On North Carolina Hosting Events Following State's Repeal Of HB2

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 05 / 17

The state of North Carolina has "learned it is being considered once again to host NCAA championship games," according to a front-page piece by Katherine Peralta of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The NCAA yesterday said that its BOG "voted 'reluctantly' to consider championship bids in North Carolina,...

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NBA Stars Open ESPYs With Call To Action

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Tensions Still Running High Over Lynx' Protest Shirts

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NBA's N.C. Decision Looms Large For Other Events

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