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Charlotte officials say they'll submit a bid later this summer to host the CIAA college basketball championships for three more years after the current contract expires in 2020. The city council's Economic Development Committee was briefed on the situation Monday afternoon.


Two CIAA leaders weighed in with differing accounts of why the conference was seeking bids from other cities to host its annual basketball tournament.


CIAA officials are saying more about the conference’s decision to ask other cities to bid on hosting its annual basketball tournament.  Conference board chair James Anderson told WFAE Charlotte is a good host, but there are a couple of things that he’s unhappy about, including "price-gouging" by hotels. He also cited extra fees added to bills by some hotels and restaurants during CIAA tournaments. CIAA Commissioner Jacqui McWilliams says there have been challenges in the past, but the conference, city and tourism officials have done a good job of addressing them. 

Fayetteville State University

The CIAA conference, the nation’s oldest African-American sports conference, made a surprising announcement yesterday for many in Charlotte. It’s seeking bids to host its basketball tournament elsewhere beginning in 2021.

Gwendolyn Glenn

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, or CIAA, men’s and women’s basketball tournament is in full swing with more than 100,000 people expected to pour into the city for the event.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments are in Charlotte this week. Tournament week brings a variety of unofficial parties and other events in and around uptown, including the Charlotte Convention Center.

A rapper and two others are due in court Wednesday on charges related to a February shootout in uptown Charlotte during CIAA basketball tournament week.

The CIAA basketball tournament is underway this week in Charlotte. It's a major economic event - city officials say last year's tournament generated more than $57 million.

Of course, a lot has changed since last year’s tournament. Now, there’s House Bill 2. The NCAA, ACC, and the NBA have all pulled events from North Carolina in protest of the law.

The CIAA did move some of its championship events out of the state, but decided to keep its signature basketball tournament in Charlotte. We met up with conference commissioner Jacqie McWilliams in uptown to discuss the decision to keep the tournament in Charlotte, which has also served as the CIAA’s headquarters since 2015.

Courtesy Patrice Wright

The CIAA basketball tournament kicks off Tuesday at Time-Warner Cable Arena. This is the 11th year that this tournament for historically black colleges and universities is being held in Charlotte. Last year, controversy arose when the Ritz Carlton added a 15 percent "CIAA service charge" to the bills of customers ordering  food and drinks in its lobby. Many dubbed it the "black tax." The CIAA has moved on, but the charge has not been forgotten.

The Ritz-Carlton has agreed to refund customers who paid an extra service charge during the CIAA tournament in Charlotte in February. 

North Carolina's attorney general is threatening to sue the Ritz-Carlton in uptown over what the hotel called a "CIAA service charge." Some customers upset about the charge had a different name for it: "a black tax."

Courtesy of Patrice Wright

It’s not often a picture of a bar receipt goes viral. But then again it’s not often a hotel bar adds an automatic surcharge that’s being called by some a ‘Black Tax.’

The receipt is from the Ritz-Carlton in uptown, and that extra charge was levied during the recent CIAA basketball tournament.

The Ritz-Carlton in uptown Charlotte issued an apology Friday to anyone offended by the 15 percent service charge the hotel billed patrons in its lounge during the CIAA basketball tournament Feb. 24-28.

“We would like to apologize to any guests we may have offended by the addition of a service charge we implemented at a recent event in our lobby lounge,” the apology said.

Sat. Headlines: Voter ID Suits Go Forward

Feb 28, 2015

Four lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s voter ID requirement are headed to trial this summer. Superior Court Judge Michael Moran Friday declined to rule in cases challenging the Voter ID provision of the state election overhaul law passed in 20-13. Morgan denied a motion from opponents to put the voter I-D requirement on hold. But he also refused a request by the state of North Carolina's attorney to dismiss the lawsuits. The voter ID provision is supposed to go into effect in 2016. Three federal lawsuits also have been filed challenging other parts of the election law.

CIAA Moves To Charlotte (and keeps tournament here)

Mar 3, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), an athletic conference of historically black colleges and universities, just wrapped up its ninth basketball tournament this weekend in Charlotte. There was some question whether it would have a tenth year in the city, but CIAA officials said Monday the tournament is staying put. 

The CIAA's contract expired with the city this year and CIAA officials were looking at other cities for a better deal. On Monday, CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter said Charlotte was able to offer one.