STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA)- Business owners in Starkville say the loss of hosting NCAA championship games will hurt the economy if the state does not change its flag.
The NCAA Board of Governors released a statement Friday morning, saying they've expanded the association's confederate flag policy.
One Starkville business owner said his business can't suffer another loss especially while still in the coronavirus pandemic.
Scooter's Records is one of the many small businesses in Starkville.
It's located between the Cotton District and downtown; a place where Thomas has seen many college sports fans.
He said postseason championship games with the NCAA like the baseball super-regionals in 2019 was a money maker for him.
Thomas said he's worried that the association’s policy will take another hit on his business.
He said he supported for years changes to the state's flag.
Mike Tagert the President and CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership released this statement Friday saying:
“As Mississippi’s College Town, Starkville knows all too well of the importance of college athletics. First and foremost, the flag should be changed for moral reasons and to be inclusive of all Mississippians. Secondly, the revenue generated by tourism helps provide for education, healthcare, and first-responder services in our community. As an economic and community development organization, there is no question that the current state flag is a hinderance to our city and our state. The Greater Starkville Development Partnership is renewing its longstanding position for the removal of the state flag as well.”