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NCAA distributes questionnaire to evaluate anti-discrimination plans for bidding cities

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Cities interested in hosting future NCAA championships are being asked to specifically outline how they will protect participants and spectators from discrimination, according to a press release from the NCAA.

Potential future bidding cities must complete a questionnaire from the NCAA by Aug. 12 detailing any local anti-discrimination laws, provisions for refusal of services and other facility-specific information.

Currently awarded host sites will have a separate deadline, which will be determined later, to submit this same information.

The questionnaire follows the Board of Governors’ April adoption of a new requirement for sites hosting or bidding on NCAA events in all divisions. These hosts must demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination and also safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.

The questionnaire  comes after the NBA announced on Thursday that it is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of House Bill 2.

The move comes after state legislators have not changed newly-enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community.

The NBA is now focused on the New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center as the host for All-Star Weekend and the All-Star Game on Feb. 19, according to The Vertical.