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NCAA Questions Cities' Anti-Discrimination Priorities Prior to Tip-Offs, Kick-Offs

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Sports and politics have intersected throughout the ages—from Adolf Hitler's exploitation of the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics to Tommie Smith's and John Carlos' "black power" salute at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to the NFL moving the 1990 Super Bowl away from Arizona until that state officially recognized the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

This week, the NBA pulled its 2017 All Star Game from Charlotte due to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for LGBT citizens.

CNN Money reports
 the move could cost the city of Charlotte as much as $100 million in lost revenue and it may not be the last time sports are used to punish a state for anti-LGBT statutes. The New York Times reports the NCAA will begin quizzing cities who want to host major college athletic competitions about those cities' anti-discrimination policies.

Charlotte and Greensboro, both in North Carolina, are in line to be host cities for the NCAA's March Madness basketball tournament, but NCAA officials say those cities must now answer a new questionnaire that drills into their anti-discrimination policies (or lack thereof). 

Among the questions cities must answer:
  • "Does your city, county/parish and/or state have provisions that allow for refusal of accommodations or service to any person?"
  • "How would you provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved with the event?"
The issue is certain to surface in the race for the White House over the next few months. Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence helped craft a "religious freedom" law in his home state of Indiana, seen as discriminatory to the LGBT population. Indianapolis is regularly in line to host the NCAA basketball tournament.