The NCAA is pulling out of North Carolina over the state’s law requiring people to use the bathroom of their birth gender.
Critics say the law discriminates against the LGBT community.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) said on Monday that seven championship games will be relocated in the 2016-2017 season.
Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, and Pearl Jam have also cancelled performances in the state over the law.
Men’s college basketball is an important part of North Carolina culture, and experts say the decision will have real economic ramifications for the state.
North Carolina has hosted more men’s basketball tournament games than any other state, the NCAA said.
In addition to basketball, the decision also affects football, lacrosse, tennis and baseball, and golf. It does not cover American football.