CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – Contacts between the NCAA and the Town of Cary do not include a clause for the association to cancel the championship events for the reasons the group cited.
The NCAA, and then the ACC, both made announcements this week pulling championships from North Carolina over House Bill 2.
The NCAA said it was concerned with civil rights protections.
CBS North Carolina obtained contracts for three of the four championships originally planned for Cary.
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The contracts for the fourth championship and for the two the two the ACC pulled hadn’t been finalized.
The documents date back to 2014, long before HB2 was signed into law.
Cary town officials said they had already reserved more than 5,000 hotels nights for the events.
Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said he is not interested in talking about legal action against the NCAA.
Instead, he wants to work with both the NCAA and the ACC to get the championships back to Cary in the future.
“To let them know that if and when this passes, we are here with open arms. We are a diverse community,” Weinbrecht said.
CBS North Carolina reached out the NCAA about Weinbrecht’s concern and to see if the association plans to go ahead and reimburse communities impacted by these cancellations.
The NCAA has not responded.