The ACC removed its league’s neutral-site conference championship games from the state of North Carolina on Wednesday. Could the SEC be next?
The ACC’s move came as a reaction to a state law that “limits the legal protection of the LGBT community,” according to ESPN.
“Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC championships at campus sites,” the conference said in a statement. “We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral-site championships for the 2016-17 academic year.”
The news has led to questioning whether or not the SEC will follow suit regarding the conference’s participation in the Belk Bowl, which annually pits an SEC team against an ACC foe. The contest is held at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey issued a statement regarding the bowl on Wednesday.
“Current circumstances merit further dialogue with out conference membership,” Sankey said, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.