The NCAA fallout continues in North Carolina due to its transgender bathroom law, or House Bill 2.
The law states people must use the bathroom that aligns with their birth gender, not gender identity in government buildings.
The NCAA pulled seven championships out of North Carolina on Monday and the ACC pulled its neutral site championships out of the state on Wednesday.
While Bryan Miller and the Sioux Falls Sports Authority was preparing to host several NCAA events, South Dakota legislature was debating their own so-called bathroom bill, House Bill 1008.
"It was a little nerve-racking, not going to lie. There were some nights where we were on the phone chatting about what we can do or how we can make things happen,” said Miller.
After House Bill 1008 passed in the house and senate, Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed it.
Miller said the impact from the fallout in North Carolina would compare to Sioux Falls losing the Summit League Basketball Tournament.
"You'd feel it right away, you'd feel it for a few years and you'd probably feel it for five to ten years, in my opinion, as far as the total impact whether it be economic or just the excitement that the community gets from those tournaments,” said Miller.
With the bathroom debate expecting to continue next legislative sessions, Center for Equality Director of Operations, Ashley Joubert-Gaddis, said she hopes the issues North Carolina faces serve as a lesson for South Dakota.
"We do not want to see this kind of thing happen in our community here,” said Joubert-Gaddis.
She said she believes the elimination of sporting events in North Carolina sends a message to the "Average Joe."
"It doesn't matter who you are, what denomination, what color, what economic status you are, sports are very important and for anybody who thought this doesn't matter to them because it doesn't apply to them, well now it does, at least in North Carolina,” said Joubert-Gaddis.
After questions surrounded the NCAA about how it would handle legislation such as House Bill 2, Miller said states now have their answer.
"I don't wish anything on North Carolina by any means but it is nice to see the NCAA finally take a stance and with that, there will probably be many others following suit,” said Miller.
Augustana University’s Men's basketball team is scheduled to play Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in November.
A spokesperson said they plan to still make the trip and the university is committed to following all federal and civil rights laws banning discrimination.
Miller also said Sioux Falls is unable to host any of the NCAA tournament sites pulled from North Carolina due to a lack of required facilities and a booked Premier Center.