DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - Duke needs to fill an opponent on its basketball schedule after Albany canceled its Nov. 12 game against the Blue Devils in Durham due to the state's HB2 law, otherwise known as the "Bathroom Bill," CBS Sports reported on Wednesday.
Albany, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is guided by a new mandate in New York that prevents businesses and public corporations or institutions from "non-essential" travel to North Carolina as means of protesting the controversial law, which is seen by some as discriminatory toward transgenders.
House Bill 2, passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory on March 23, 2016, overrules a Charlotte ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identification.
It has prompted major musical acts to cancel concerts, forced big conventions out of North Carolina, and if it remains in place, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has indicated the 2017 All-Star Game could be taken out of Charlotte.
Duke's home game against Albany was to be an auxiliary game in the annual Hall of Fame Tip-Off. It has to replace the game in order to fulfill its contractual requirement to the event.
Duke officials had no comment when asked by CBS North Carolina about the Albany game issue.
Here is a statement released by the State University of New York:
"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.