NCAA bans championships in states where Confederate flag has a ‘prominent presence’

Author: LI COHEN, CBS News
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Flag with Confederate battle emblem. (Getty Images via CBS News)

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced on Friday that NCAA championship events will not be held in states where the Confederate flag has a “prominent presence.” The statement targeted Mississippi, writing that it’s “the only state currently affected by the Association’s policy.”

Mississippi has the only state flag that currently includes the Confederate battle emblem. The flag has come under increased scrutiny recently, due to its ties to slavery.

The association’s policy previously barred championship events from being awarded in advance to states that prominently displayed the confederate flag. But the policy now covers “nonpredetermined” championship events — where a team earned the right to host a game based on their tournament seeding or ranking — too.

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