JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — A new rule from the National Collegiate Athletic Association could prevent colleges and universities from hosting championship games in the state of Mississippi, following the signing of House Bill 1523.
The NCAA recently passed a new anti-discrimination law.
It applies to future and bidding hosts for both predetermined and non-predetermined championships. Schools must demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination.
Mississippi State University, The University of Mississippi, and the University of Southern Mississippi could all host baseball regionals this year.
House Bill 1523 will go into effect in July.
“Essentially what they’re going to have to do is convince the NCAA that they’re not going to force HB 1523 on their campuses. I mean that’s what it gets right down to,” said Rick Cleveland, Historian of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
Mississippi is also banned from hosting predetermined post season events due to the NCAA’s confederate flag policy.