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Buffalo guard Davonta Jordan leaps to block Arizona guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright (0) during the second half of a first round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament on March 15, 2018, in Boise.

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The NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s return to Boise next year may be in jeopardy.

In three separate letters, more than 400 student athletes, several professional and Olympic athletes and 60 advocacy groups have written to the NCAA asking the organization to remove NCAA-sponsored events, like the men’s basketball tournament, from the state of Idaho while House Bill 500 is still on the books. The bill, signed by Gov. Brad Little in March, bans transgender girls or women from playing on school-sponsored sports on teams that match their gender identity, effective July 1.

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Chris Mosier, a Team USA athlete and transgender man, speaks at a March 3 rally on the steps of the Idaho Capitol.

John Wustrow is the assistant sports editor of the Idaho Press. He is a Michigan native and a graduate of Indiana University.

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