NCAA sets hurdle for postseason baseball in Mississippi over HB 1523

The NCAA adopted a new process Wednesday that will put the pressure on Mississippi colleges to show that they will provide an environment that “is safe, healthy and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.”

The new state law, which is titled HB 1523, allows religious organizations, businesses and government employees to refuse service under specified circumstances to gay and transgender people. It will go into effect on July 1, after the baseball postseason.

The NCAA’s new process will be a requirement for sites hosting or bidding on NCAA events in all divisions.