By Mary Cunningham

The state of North Carolina is quickly learning that there are economic consequences to passing laws that discriminate against anyone.

The NCAA, responding to a contentious North Carolina law that curbed anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, will relocate all championship tournament games scheduled to take place in the state over the coming academic year, the organization announced last night.

Among the events affected is the Division I men’s basketball tournament, the NCAA’s most prominent annual event, which had six first- and second-round games scheduled to be played in Greensboro in March.

The announcement followed the NBA.’s decision in July to move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte but was seen as a particularly substantial blow to officials in North Carolina, where college basketball is central to the state’s culture and pride. North Carolina has hosted more men’s basketball tournament games than any other state, an NCAA spokesman said.