More collegiate sports tournaments are pulling out of North Carolina

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Colonial Athletic Association has announced it will pull its women’s golf championship from North Carolina unless a state law that limits protections for LGBT people is repealed or voided by Jan. 10.

The league issued a statement Friday announcing its plan to possibly move the neutral-site tournament, scheduled for April 14-16 in Southport, North Carolina.

The CAA volleyball championship will be held on UNC Wilmington’s campus in November because the Seahawks earned the right to host by winning last year’s title, and UNC Wilmington and Elon will be allowed to host games in the soccer tournaments.

The CAA will not yet take action on its other spring championships scheduled in men’s and women’s tennis (Elon, in Burlington, North Carolina) or baseball (UNC Wilmington).

The statement also said the league will send a letter to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the law this spring, to express its opposition to the measure and call for its immediate repeal.

The NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference both withdrew neutral-site championships from the state earlier this month because of the state’s HB2 law. The Southern Conference said earlier this week that it needs more information before it decides whether to move its four championships scheduled for the state.

Headquartered in Richmond, the CAA has 10 member schools in eight states in either the mid-Atlantic or Northeast.

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