Confederate Flag Nixes ACC Baseball Tourney in South Carolina

Paul Strelow, The State (Columbia, South Carolina), July 6, 2009

The ACC won’t be holding the conference baseball tournament in Myrtle Beach, Commissioner John Swofford said today.

The ACC Baseball Championship will be held at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C. (2012), and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (2011, 2013). This will give the championship a home through 2013, as the 2010 ACC Baseball Championship will be held in Greensboro, N.C.

The 2011-13 championships were originally awarded to Myrtle Beach. The ACC’s decision to hold the tournament in this location was made with the stipulation that discussions be held, and agreements made, with all local and state organizations that had voiced concerns over the Confederate flag being flown on the state grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol.

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Lonnie Randolph, state president of the NAACP, declined comment other than to say, “We have been having some very productive and friendly conversations with the ACC regarding the matter.”

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