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Bill would force schools to leave leagues that boycott state

Posted April 12

— Some lawmakers want to make North Carolina's public colleges leave their athletic conferences if those leagues boycott the state.

A House bill filed this week and sponsored by four Republicans would require schools in the University of North Carolina system to begin the withdrawal process from their conferences if the organizations enact a future boycott.

The bill also would require schools to place the revenue they receive from their conferences into escrow to pay any exit fees.

It also would ban schools from extending their media rights deals with their conferences beyond the terms that exist at the time of the boycott, and says the General Assembly has "the final authority" over the conference membership status of the UNC system schools.

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