WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has urged the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to consider Ohio as the new location of its championships for 2016-2017. Following the NCAA’s decision to pull seven championship events from North Carolina because of its discriminatory laws, Brown wrote to NCAA President Mark Emmert touting Ohio’s record in hosting successful NCAA tournaments and championships. He let Emmert know Ohioans stand ready to welcome these events to the state.
“Ohio has been a consistent partner in hosting NCAA sporting events. As you weigh options for relocation, I urge you to give Ohio’s cities your full consideration,” said Brown. “Your organization would be hard-pressed to find a better partner, and I know Ohioans would embrace these events with open arms.”
Brown pointed out that in the past two years alone, Akron, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton have hosted a combined six NCAA championship events in different sports. And those cities, along with Cleveland, are on deck to host eight NCAA championship events through 2018.
Full text of the letter is below.
September 13, 2016
Dr. Mark Emmert
National Collegiate Athletic Association
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222
Dear Dr. Emmert:
I write to thank you for the NCAA’s recent decision to relocate seven championship events. This move sends a powerful message that discrimination is unacceptable. As you weigh options for relocation, I urge you to give Ohio your full consideration.
As you know, Ohio has a proven track record hosting NCAA championships and tournaments. In the past two years, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Akron have combined to host six separate NCAA championship events across sports. Those cities, along with Cleveland, are on deck to host eight more through 2018.
In addition, Ohio is home to the University of Dayton Arena, which has hosted more NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball games than any other facility in the country. Since 2001, the University of Dayton, the city, and the local community have joined together for 113 tournament games. The events have been a resounding success. In 2015, the First Four helped generated $4.6 million in economic activity for the city.
Our state’s undeniable track record, along with the remarkable growth underway in our major cities, are why I urge you to relocate NCAA championship events to Ohio. Your organization would be hard-pressed to find a better partner, and I know Ohioans would embrace these events with open arms.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
United States Senator