RedState’s astute analysis aside, it appears that the North Carolina legislature is poised to repeal
SB2 HB2 today, just in the nick of time to dodge a six-year NCAA ban on championship events in that state in response to the law.
Without debating the merits of the proposal from either side (and it’s telling to see that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” practicality of the compromise to do away with
SB2 HB2 is drawing fire from both the left and the right), one shouldn’t lose sight of the bottom-line message here. When it comes to big-time sports today, in a world in which Nevada throws down three-quarters of a billion dollars in public funds to entice the Raiders to jump ship from Oakland and rock-ribbed conservative Cobb County bent every rule in the book to get the Braves to move north, one shouldn’t bet against the threatened impact of an NCAA boycott.
Before we’re Republicans or Democrats, Bernie Bros or Tea Partiers, we’re sports addicts, and the suppliers of our addiction know we are and act accordingly. You’d think the lesson would have been learned after the NCAA made South Carolina bend over and take down the Confederate flag, but it seems that Southern politicians have short memories, especially when it comes to chasing voters with political posturing that has more symbolic than real effect.
So, congratulations to all you principled pols. You’ve managed to make an organization that has a hard time avoiding tripping all over itself look noble and steadfast. That’s not an easy thing to do. I suspect it’s not the last time, either.