The NCAA has awarded men's basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that was created to protect women and children from sexual predators in public restrooms and change rooms.
The NCAA Board of Governors announced its decision to again consider North Carolina for events a few days after the repeal.
The state responded by issuing a repeal of the bill. North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill, HB142, on March 30 that repealed the controversial law.
While the compromise bill reverses the previous limitations on transgender bathroom use, it leaves power to control bathroom access with the state legislature, leading some to question whether it goes far enough to curb the impact of HB2.
The original bill also invalidated any local ordinances protecting gay or transgender people from discrimination in the workplace or in public accommodations.
According to the ACC, contracts with venues that had multi-year agreements with the conference were restructured and extended a year to compensate for events that were moved in 2016-17. Like women's basketball, swimming will be held in Greensboro through 2023. Instead, they were relocated to Greenville, South Carolina, about 190 miles away.
The Tar Heel state is holding its breath as the NCAA is expected to announce Tuesday the host sites of championship games for the next five years.
Greensboro was chosen as the second North Carolina site to host the Division I Men's Basketball Championship in 2020 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Similar boycotts by other sports organizations, companies and entertainers cost North Carolina hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business.
The NCAA received more than 3,000 bid submissions from NCAA member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities vying tohost predetermined rounds for 84 of the NCAA's 90 championships.
"We have yet to see any evidence showing how the NCAA can ensure basic nondiscrimination protections for these events", said Sarah Gillooly, policy director for the ACLU of North Carolina. "And this new law restores the state to that legal landscape: a landscape similar to other jurisdictions presently hosting NCAA championships".
"We are pleased that ACC neutral site championships will return to the state of North Carolina beginning with the 2017-18 academic year", ACC Commissioner John Swofford said.
More hosting news could be on the horizon.
"I think it's important for our economy, and it's important for our national reputation, " Gov. Cooper said on Tuesday, just before the NCAA announcement.
Silver said Charlotte getting the 2019 game is "not a done deal yet", as the city will need to show when it resubmits its bid that it will adhere to the NBA's anti-discrimination policy. "We're very excited to welcome MarchMadness back to Jacksonville".