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.