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North Carolina bathroom bill change already affecting Florida's college sports

Tampa could see more moments like this - Clemson's C.J. Spiller celebrating a touchdown in the 2009 ACC title game - but it will have more competition in light of this week's North Carolina news.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Tampa could see more moments like this - Clemson's C.J. Spiller celebrating a touchdown in the 2009 ACC title game - but it will have more competition in light of this week's North Carolina news.

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North Carolina's change to its controversial bathroom bill could have a major impact on college sports in Florida.

The ACC announced Friday afternoon that its council of presidents voted to consider hosting future conference championship events in North Carolina. In September, the ACC moved its football championship game out of Charlotte and eventually to Orlando's Camping World Stadium because of House Bill 2. That law, among other things, required people in public schools to use the bathrooms designated for individuals of their biological sex.

The NCAA is also rethinking its ban on North Carolina events.

Florida was set to be one of the beneficiaries of the fallout. Orlando performed well as a host for the ACC title game. Tampa has been an ACC host, too - Raymond James Stadium held the football championship in 2008-09, and what's now Amalie Arena hosted the basketball tournament in 2007. 

Orlando and Tampa could still host future events, of course, but the competition just became tougher thanks to a political move from the ACC's home state. The league had agreed to host its title game in Charlotte through 2019. 

[Last modified: Friday, March 31, 2017 4:36pm]

    

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