The NCAA announced a new requirement for bidding on NCAA events, including men’s and women’s Final Fours and conferences: Cities bidding must “demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.”
The new policy does not mention North Carolina where championship games are scheduled to run next year.
From the resolution:
Historically, the Association has used the opportunity to host its events as a means to make clear its values. The Association now prohibits championships events with predetermined sites in states where governments display the Confederate battle flag, and prohibits NCAA members from hosting championships events if their school nicknames use Native American imagery that is considered abusive and offensive.
The NCAA statement said it considers protection of race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity vital to protecting students’ well-being.
The statement was released by the NCAA press office and accompanied by a video with Kansas State President Kirk Schultz making the announcement.