Duke-Albany game cancelled because of North Carolina bathroom law

Albany last traveled to Duke in 2007. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(WTNH)–The controversial North Carolina law aimed at transgender people and which bathroom they can legally use is sure to cause the state to lose some business.

It might cost the Charlotte Hornets the opportunity to host the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, though commissioner Adam Silver says the league still hasn’t decided.

It already has cost Duke, in Durham, N.C., an opponent on its 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule.

In response to the North Carolina law’s passing, New York governor Andrew Cuomo put out an executive order banning state-sponsored travel to North Carolina unless absolutely necessary.

Albany, which is part of the State University of New York system, had previously scheduled a game at Duke for November 12, but the men’s basketball team announced Wednesday it will not make that trip.

“The State University of New York supports Governor Cuomo’s executive order banning all non-essential travel to the state of North Carolina,” SUNY spokesperson Holly Liapsis said in a statement to the Durham Herald-Sun. “We instructed our campuses to immediately review any existing travel plans by faculty and staff. SUNY and its campuses continue to support the Governor on taking this stand.”

The Albany field hockey team has also cancelled games against the University of North Carolina and Duke, according to Sports Illustrated.

Syracuse, which plays ACC games against North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, and NC State, is a private university and therefore not automatically affected by the ban.

There is no word on whether or not any other New York universities would be affected.

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