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. 

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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.

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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.

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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."