H.B. 728 – filed last week in the North Carolina General Assembly – would make the state's public colleges and universities leave their athletic conferences if those leagues boycott the state. The primary sponsors of the measure are Republican State Representatives Bert Jones, Chris Millis, Mark Brody, and Jeff Collins.That's going nowhere in a hurry. Athletic directors are now having a collective shit fit. No conference — no television. How are they going to make up the lost revenues. Furthermore, you cannot recruit the best talent to play for non-conference teams because of the lack of coverage. Keep in mind that every varsity athlete thinks that he or she has a chance to play for the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, etc. Deteriorate the quality on the field and deteriorate the gate. That combined with no national TV and sports budgets are going to leave a huge dent on the campus quad.
Unfortunately, the sports collectives seemed to be in a big hurry to restore games to North Carolina in spite of the fact that the state didn't really do anything with its supposed repeal of HB2.