College basketball analyst Dick Vitale is the most recent voice in the world of college sports to come out strongly against a new Indiana bill that would allow local businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers. The NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, the city which will host this year's Final Four, has already expressed concern about the law, and many are calling for the organization to move its operation, and prevent the state from hosting future NCAA events. USA Today's Nancy Armour wrote a column supporting this idea:
It is too late to pull this year's Final Four from Indianapolis, given it is next weekend and there's no other city that would have an arena and several thousand hotel rooms available. But the NCAA can – and should – tell Indiana lawmakers that their prejudice and mean-spiritedness has cost the state the privilege of hosting any other collegiate sporting event.
The 2016 women's Final Four currently scheduled to be held in Indianapolis? Not anymore.
And in what would be the biggest threat of all, the NCAA ought to tell Gov. Mike Pence and his lunatic-fringe lawmakers that it no longer feels at home in Indiana and will look at moving its headquarters from Indianapolis to a state where God-given diversity is something to be celebrated rather than feared.
Vitale tweeted a picture of the paper, and his support for Armour's take.
">@nrarmour details in USA today & I agree with her premise! pic.twitter.com/BmmwUZTuJv
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV)
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 27, 2015
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Whether or not you like Vitale as a broadcaster, he is one of the most respected people in college athletics. He will not be the last big name to speak out about this issue, either.