This year HB2 cost North Carolina a 7 NCAA and 10 ACC events — and unless it’s repealed soon, the losses will likely continue for years.
As some lawmakers scramble to come up with a repeal solution, one Republican legislator has a different idea: go on the offensive against the NCAA and ACC.
N.C. Rep. Mark Brody (R-Monroe) announced this weekend he’ll be filing a bill to “determine whether the NCAA and the ACC have violated their tax-exempt status by engaging in political or lobbying activities.”
In a Facebook post, Brody launched a broadside against the sports organizations, calling their boycott of the state “economic extortion.”
“The NCAA and the ACC have allegedly engaged in excessive lobbying activities that exceeded their respective charters by using economic retaliation against NC for the purpose of forcing the General Assembly to adopt social legislation that is not connected to their core mission,” Brody wrote.
“I believe the NCAA and the ACC have stepped out of bounds and, to the best of my ability, will never allow the General Assembly to relinquish its legislative authority over the internal affairs of the state or succumb to economic extortion to and from either the NCAA or the ACC.”
While other Republican politicians have made similar criticisms about the NCAA and ACC moves, most are trying to patch up the relationship that is not only economically important to the state but deeply ingrained in its culture.